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Genetically modified rice plants are shown in a lab in 2006. A new report from Pew Research shows a wide gap between perceptions of safety of GM foods between scientists and the general public. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Environmental groups cited Wendy's as "Poor" in the area of packaging sustainability. One reason is that the chain still uses black plastic bowls, which cannot be recycled. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prepares to speak to the media Thursday before the Senate voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Jim Lo Scalzo /EPA /Landov hide caption

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Clean Water Services held a brewing competition in Sept. 2014, inviting 13 homebrewers to make beer from its purified wastewater (as well as water from other sources). Now the company is asking the state for permission for brewers to use its wastewater product exclusively to make beer. /Courtesy of Clean Water Services hide caption

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Obama Moves To Cement His Environmental Legacy

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The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Southern California. It is one of four aqueducts in the region that glide across the San Andreas Fault. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

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Obama Administration To Allow Drilling Off Southeastern Atlantic Coast

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How Much Oil And Gas Is At Stake In ANWR?

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Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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A herd of caribou begins the long trek across the Arctic plains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Peter Mather/SN/Landov hide caption

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Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

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Seattle garbage collector Anousone Sadettanh empties a small residential garbage bin into his truck in 2014. It is now illegal to toss out food with the trash in the city. Residents will get warning tags for now; the city will start imposing fines in July. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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A polar bear walks in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The Obama administration is proposing new protections in the region that would ban mining and drilling. Subhankar Banerjee/AP hide caption

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Obama Proposes New Protections For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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