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Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample sent from Japan and brought in for research last year in Blaine, Wash. Elaine Thompson /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Xinyuan Coal Mine operated by Yangquan Coal Industry Group Co. in Jinzhong, Shanxi province, in October. Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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China Wants To Go Carbon-Neutral — And Won't Stop Burning Coal To Get There

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A wall-mounted thermostat in a California home. New research finds households that can least afford it are spending more than they have to on electricity. Smith Collection/Gado/Gado via Getty Images hide caption

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How many oceans are there? It's National Geographic official now: There are five. Alexander Gerst/ESA via Getty Images hide caption

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Coming Soon To An Atlas Near You: A Fifth Ocean

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Handy Kennedy, founder of AgriUnity cooperative, feeds his cows on HK Farms earlier this year in Cobbtown, Ga. The AgriUnity cooperative is a group of Black farmers formed to better their chances of economic success. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Mandë Holford: Could Snail Venom Someday Save Your Life?

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Marah Hardt: What Can We Learn From The Sex Lives Of Fish?

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Catherine Mohr: A Love Story... That Begins With A Sea Urchin

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Brassica oleracea is a plant species that includes broccoli--as well as kale, cauliflower, collard greens and brussels sprouts. Inti St Clair/Getty Images/Tetra images RF hide caption

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Yep, We Made Up Vegetables

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A sculpture created out of electronic waste in the likeness of Mount Rushmore and the G-7 leaders sits on a hill in Cornwall, England, near where the leaders of the world's wealthiest nations will meet. Jon Super/AP hide caption

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2 Artists Want G-7 Leaders To End E-Waste. So They Sculpted Them Out Of Trash

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The gray whale known as Dubknuck has been coming to Puget Sound since 1991. Scientists believe a small pod of these whales has survived several die off events by developing a new feeding strategy. Parker Miles Blohm/KNKX hide caption

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A Group Of Gray Whales Survives Die-Off With An Annual Detour To Puget Sound

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Warmer temperatures are leading to emptier reservoirs across the West, such as Lake Oroville in Northern California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Cindy Mumford and her neighbors are working with several organizations in Cleveland, gathering support and financing to get a community solar project up and running. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Cleveland - What Climate Equity Could Look Like

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A plan to trap baleen whales in Norway and test their hearing is getting pushback from some scientists and environmentalists who say it is too risky. VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption

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Shalanda Baker listens during a confirmation hearing Tuesday to be Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact for the Department of Energy. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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'Energy Justice' Nominee Brings Activist Voice To Biden's Climate Plans

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This 2019 photo provided by NOAA shows the Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory in Hawaii. Measurements taken at the station in May 2021 revealed the highest monthly average of atmospheric carbon dioxide in human history. Susan Cobb/NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory hide caption

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A man walks past sacks containing debris washed ashore from the X-Press Pearl on a beach in Colombo on Thursday. The plastic pellets will break down and be more difficult to clean up over time, marine biologist Asha de Vos says. Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Ship Sinking Off Sri Lanka Looks Like A Lasting Environmental Disaster

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Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service approach a young North Atlantic right whale in order to disentangle it. New research shows whales with severe entanglements in rope and fishing gear are experiencing stunted growth, and body lengths have been decreasing since 1981. NOAA News Archive 011811 hide caption

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Curled heads of wheat show the drought damage on Nicole Berg's ranch in southeast Washington state. Anna King/Northwest News Network hide caption

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Farmers Are Feeling The Pain As Drought Spreads In The Northwest

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