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Melanie White takes photos of North Atlantic right whales from NOAA's Twin Otter as the plane circles the whales near Savannah. Whale observers and researchers use the photos to identify the whales. Molly Samuel/WABE hide caption

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Researchers Haven't Found A Single Endangered Right Whale Calf Yet This Season

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German High Court Rules That Cities Can Ban Diesel Vehicles To Reduce Pollution

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Estill sells her cloth and yarn at three separate stores. She hopes to get that number up to nine. Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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When wildfire smoke choked their community last summer, Amy Cilimburg (left), the director of Climate Smart Missoula, helped Joy and Don Dunagan, of Seeley Lake, Mont., get a HEPA air filter through a partnership with the Missoula City-County Health Department. Nora Saks / Montana Public Radio hide caption

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When Wildfire Smoke Invades, Who Should Pay To Clean Indoor Air?

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The Underwater Damage Left Behind After Hurricanes

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Djerbrani checks food donations from a French grocery store before driving it across town to a church, which will distribute it to poor families. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food

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Wildfire smoke filled the sky in Seeley Lake, Mont. on Aug. 7, 2017. Weather effects concentrated the accumulating smoke, chronically exposing residents to harmful substances in the air. InciWeb hide caption

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Montana Wildfires Provide A Wealth Of Data On Health Effects Of Smoke Exposure

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A global map showing where all fishing vessels were active during 2016. Dark circles show the vessels avoiding exclusive economic zones around islands, where they aren't allowed. Global Fishing Watch hide caption

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Gary Nabhan holds white tepary beans grown at his home in Patagonia, Ariz. Nabhan believes that drought-tolerant teparies could become a solution for growing food in a hotter and drier Arizona. Mariana Dale/KJZZ hide caption

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Cherry blossom trees, known as sakura, flourished in Japan. Fairchild imported several dozen trees for his own property in Chevy Chase, Md., and after seeing how much people liked them, he helped negotiate a larger shipment of trees to be planted around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument. David Fairchild/Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden hide caption

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Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

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California Aims To Get Past The Yuck Factor Of Recycled Wastewater

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