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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 Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy hide caption

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When Coal Companies Fail, Who Pays For The Cleanup?

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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. Alastair Bland for NPR hide caption

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Mosquito larvae fill the cup of stale water that entomologist Luis Hernandez dips from a stack of old tires in a suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Puerto Rico Races To Stop Zika's Mosquitoes Before Rains Begin

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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. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Actions In Amazon Rain Forest Contradict Brazil's Promise

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Colorado, Wyoming Plan For River Water Share

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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. Zoran Milich/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Gas Means More Driving And Getting Stuck In Traffic

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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. CWPPRA/Flickr hide caption

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Is The BP Oil Spill Settlement Money Being Well-Spent?

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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. Wikimedia hide caption

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Mysterious Ocean Buzz Traced To Daily Fish Migration

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An aerial view of Rostov-on-Don region, where the fertile steppes support some of Russia's best farmland. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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For Russian Farmers, Climate Change Is Nyet So Great

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