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Trump Administration Finalizes Fuel Economy Standards Rollback, A Key Policy Goal

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After a decade of protests in Nebraska and elsewhere, TC Energy has committed to building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles in 2018. The Trump administration is weakening auto pollution standards, rolling back a key Obama-era policy that sought to curb climate change. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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A wall of plastic trash at Garten Services in Salem, Ore., is headed to the landfill. The vast majority of plastic can't be or won't be recycled. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Plastic Wars: Industry Spent Millions Selling Recycling — To Sell More Plastic

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A screen grab from a social media video shows a tornado tearing through Jonesboro, Ark., on Saturday. Said Said/Triples S Phone and Computer Repair/via REUTERS hide caption

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Even some of the darkest, wettest parts of the Australian landscape burned during the country's fire season. The incursion of fire into these damp refuges alarms ecologists like Mark Graham. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

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Opah fish are hauled onto a dock for sale last week in San Diego. Fishermen coming home to California after weeks at sea are finding strict anti-coronavirus measures, and nowhere to sell their catch. Gregory Bull/AP hide caption

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Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley near Mammoth, Wyo., on Tuesday. The National Park Service announced that Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks would be closed until further notice, and no visitor access will be permitted to either park. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Clean energy advocates say economic disruption over the Covid-19 pandemic threatens tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment in wind and solar. Above, wind turbines in Warsaw, N.Y. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Sharon Lavigne and other members of Rise St. James, who oppose a recently approved chemical complex. They stand on its site, where archaeologists have discovered the graves of former slaves. Rolando Palacio hide caption

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A Checkup On California's Efforts To Combat Climate Change

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Karen Ford (left) and Lane Murraya stock rescued koalas with fresh eucalyptus branches. Ford has been collecting the branches on her property, which suffered fire damage. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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Ice flows around a small island in the Mississippi River near Dayton, Minn., on Feb. 13, 2020. Pilots take measurements to try and gauge how much water is in a snowpack. Evan Frost /MPR News hide caption

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To Forecast Spring Flooding, NOAA Planes Fly Slow And Low

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