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Tax Bill Would Open Alaska Wildlife Refuge To Drilling

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Researching How To Fight Climate Change With Geoengineering

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The midnight sun shines across sea ice along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, July 23, 2017. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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'They'll All Be Gone': Video Of Starving Polar Bear Highlights Effects Of Melting Ice

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Harvey Dumped Up To 127 Billion Tons Of Water On Texas

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Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric

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China's Import Policies Are Affecting U.S. Recycling Companies

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The active part of the landfill in Toa Baja is currently a hot, rancid, open dump. Federal regulations require trash piles to be covered daily with earth. But the site's supervisor says that's currently impossible. José Jiménez-Tirado for NPR hide caption

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After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

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How Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Views Have Changed Under Trump

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Smoke from wildfires, like this lingering cloud in Sonoma County, Calif., in October, may be responsible for creating an off taste in wine. George Rose/Getty Images hide caption

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France's President Emmanuel Macron, center, Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, and Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, right, pose for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower while aboard a boat cruising on the Seine River after the One Planet Summit, Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 12. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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California Firefighter On Battling The Thomas Wildfire

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Cal Fire firefighters keep watch on a wildfire blaze burning the mountainside near the Cate School campus in Carpinteria, Calif., on Dec. 10, 2017. Kenneth Song/AP hide caption

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Melt ponds dot a stretch of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland. This year was the Arctic's second-warmest in at least 1,500 years, after 2016. Nathan Kurtz/NASA hide caption

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Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

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California Officials Say Thomas Fire Is The Fifth Largest In State History

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How 311 Helped Understand Air Pollution After Harvey

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China's ban means recycling is piling up at Rogue Waste System in southern Oregon. Employees Scott Fowler, Laura Leebrick and Garry Penning say their only option for now is to send it to a landfill. Jes Burns/OPB/EarthFix hide caption

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