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This still frame from a video released earlier this week by Cal Fire shows the "fire tornado" forming over Lake Keswick Estates near Redding, Calif., on July 26. Cal Fire via AP hide caption

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Steven Pinker: Can Numbers Show Us That Progress Is Inevitable?

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Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?

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How Archaeologists Play A Role In The Forest Service's Response To Wildfires

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By Creating Habitats For Monarch Butterflies In Cities, Scientists Hope To Save Them

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Historic Cabins In Montana Destroyed By Wildfires

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2018 Revealed Just How Ill-Prepared We Are For Climate Change

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James Rees, left, and Nicholas Pinter of the University of California, Davis, gather housing data in the town of Odanah, Wis. Joe Proudman/UC Davis hide caption

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Wisconsin Reservation Offers A Climate Success Story And A Warning

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At Coquina Beach, crews are out early using beach rakes to clear dead fish. The fish are dying because of a toxic algae bloom known as red tide. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Florida's Gulf Coast Battles Deadly And Smelly Red Tide

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A female blue orchard bee forages for nectar and pollen on Phacelia tanacetifolia flowers, also known as blue or purple tansy. Blue orchard bees are solitary bees that help pollinate California's almond orchards. Josh Cassidy/KQED hide caption

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Matt Mikkelsen carries "Fritz," his microphone system, to the path in the Hoh Rain Forest that leads to One Square Inch of Silence in Washington's Olympic National Park. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

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Collections manager René Corado examines an egg, from a newly donated collection of 1,200 specimens, for a tiny notation made by the collector that can help Corado reconstruct when and where the egg was collected. "It's just like detective work and I'm so excited because I'm finding all the data," he says. Samir S. Patel/Atlas Obscura hide caption

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From A Million Eggs, Putting Together Clues About Science's Past And Future

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Burned trees rest in a field after the Carr Fire burned through the area on July 29 in Whiskeytown, Calif. State legislators are debating whether to limit the liability of power companies when they blamed for wildfires. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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California Wildfires Set Off Political Fight Over Who Should Pay For Damage

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