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Reclaimed land that was once mined for coal in Wyoming's Powder River Basin. When coal companies declare bankruptcy, funding for land reclamation becomes a question
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Herring are delicious, with flaky, mild meat and oil that sizzles on their skin when grilled over a flame. Chefs and ocean advocates have been promoting the environmental and health benefits of eating small fish like this. But the case of the San Francisco Bay's herring shows some of the obstacles to spreading that message.
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A farmer applies fertilizer to corn in Kasbeer, Ill. Scientists say one significant source of nitrogen pollution is fertilizer that leaches off of fields growing corn and soybeans to feed meat and dairy animals.
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Fueled by low gas prices and a stronger economy, Americans drove a record 3.15 trillion vehicle miles in 2015. But the additional driving may lead to more pollution and traffic gridlock.
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Louisiana is in line for the biggest share of fines and settlements because it had the most damage in the spill. The restoration effort in the Caminada Headlands is one of the largest coastal restoration projects ever in the state.
The half-naked hatchetfish,shown here munching on a shrimp, is just one of many billions of mesopelagic ocean fish that migrate up and down the water column each day to hunt food and avoid predators.