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A National Guardsman stands guard outside the ruins of the Northridge Meadows Apartments where 16 people died during the January 1994 earthquake that rocked Southern California. Since then, many of these kinds of apartments have been retrofitted to withstand a large quake. TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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25 Years After The Northridge Earthquake, Is LA Ready For The Big One?

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Homes leveled by the Camp Fire line Valley Ridge Drive in Paradise, Calif. Some recovery efforts are stalled by the government shutdown, creating anxiety among survivors and concern for officials. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Shutdown Threatens To Stall Recovery In Wildfire-Ravaged Paradise, Calif.

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Andrew Wheeler arrives Wednesday to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to be the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Sachets like these, developed to market consumer goods to the poor, have become ubiquitous all over Asia. Jes Aznar for NPR hide caption

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A New Tactic In The War Against Plastic Waste

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After the Camp Fire in November, thousands of people whose homes were destroyed were forced to seek refuge in nearby Chico, Calif. Some 700 people, some in their RVs, are still living at a Red Cross shelter at the Chico fairgrounds. The shelter is expected to close at the end of January. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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In The Aftermath Of The Camp Fire, A Slow, Simmering Crisis In Nearby Chico

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Winter is peak time for prescribed burns, deliberately set fires designed to eliminate leaves and other flammable material that could fuel a larger forest fire. But the partial government shutdown is interfering with this and other preparations for the fire season. Wayne Parry/AP hide caption

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Drilling at the Conoco-Phillips Carbon location in the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaska. Judy Patrick/AP hide caption

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Despite Shutdown, Trump Administration Continued Effort To Expand Alaska Oil Drilling

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People were more likely to try mealworms — such as these mealworm chocolate truffles sprinkled with coconut — when the ad focused on taste and experience, a study showed. Oliver Brachat/for NPR hide caption

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is bringing staff back to keep open dozens of wildlife refuges including Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Comanche County, Okla., despite the government shutdown. Adam Kealoha Causey/AP hide caption

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A fatberg measuring 210 ft. is blocking a sewer in the southwestern English town of Sidmouth. It will take a sewer team around eight weeks to dissect and dispose of the obstruction. South West Water/AP hide caption

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As the economy boomed, emissions rose sharply in 2018. Shipping was one source of the increase. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Once Again On The Rise

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Ocean Cleanup's System 001 was towed out of the San Francisco Bay on Sept. 8, 2018. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Engineering Wunderkind's Ocean Plastics Cleanup Device Hits A Setback

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Kiyoshi Kimura, president of sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai, displays a 612-pound bluefin tuna at one of his restaurants. The company he runs paid a record $3.1 million for the popular but threatened fish. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Eastern Sierra mountains near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. The town is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land and, with the government shutdown, 'the landlords are absent.' Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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'An Eerie Silence' Where Federal Land Agency Workers Are Furloughed

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