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Companies And Regulators Move Toward Full Ban On Plastic Straws To Help Alleviate Pileup

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As awareness grows about the environmental toll of single-use plastics, retailers and regulators alike are finding ways to decrease their use. And straws have become a prime target. Barbara Woike/AP hide caption

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Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers

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A Somali fisherman carries a fish to the market near the port in Mogadishu. One of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals calls for the world to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lava advances west on Leilani Avenue on May 27. U.S. Geological Survey hide caption

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Hawaii's Volcanic Eruption Draws Scientific Interest

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Sam Oozevaseuk Schimmel, 18, has grown up in both Alaska and Washington state. He is an advocate for Alaska Native youth. Kiliii Yuyan for NPR hide caption

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The Conflicting Educations Of Sam Schimmel

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How Scientists In Kenya Are Trying To Understand Cow Emissions

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Puerto Rico Governor Outlines Island's Hurricane Preparedness Plans

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Oil tanks stand near the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion site in Burnaby, British Columbia, in April. The Canadian government bought the project in an effort to ensure it goes forward as the summer construction season nears. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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In Maryland, Ellicott City Gets Hit By Devastating Flash Floods, Again

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Alberto is predicted to move over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday, weakening further as it heads toward the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region. NOAA/NWS, Esri, HERE, Garmin, Earthstar Geographics hide caption

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Ellicott City, Md.'s Main Street was turned into a raging river on Sunday, in a catastrophe that followed another flash flood in 2016. The water wrecked storefronts and left cars strewn amid debris on Monday. Katherine Frey/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Flash Flood Tears Through Maryland Town For Second Time In Two Years

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Scientists tagged over 30 great white sharks last fall — more than they had ever done in a single season. Courtesy Stanford University — Block Lab Hopkins Marine Station hide caption

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Great White Sharks Have A Secret 'Cafe,' And They Led Scientists Right To It

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Kilauea Volcano Disrupts Big Island's Tourist-Dependent Economy

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