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A kayaker paddles along Zephyr Cove, near the site of the 20th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit in south Lake Tahoe, Nev. President Obama said the environmental challenges of conservation and fighting climate change are inseparably linked. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Western States Face Challenges Cleaning Up After Coal Mining

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Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out Jim, the Photographer/Flickr hide caption

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Hurricanes Lester, Madeline and Gaston (from left to right) are seen from the International Space Station on Aug. 30. NASA Johnson YouTube/NASA composite hide caption

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These Central Valley sheep are happily munching on sprouted barley grown indoors. Farmer Mario Daccarett says the barley, grown in shipping containers, is sweet and keeps his sheep full longer. Ezra David Romero/Valley Public Radio hide caption

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With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors

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This year the U.S. Forest Service is only issuing personal-use permits in Montana's national forests. Nicky Ouellet for NPR hide caption

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Banned From National Forest, For-Profit Mushroom Pickers Go Underground

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Bruce Hincks of Meadowood Farm walks through his patch of brussels sprouts in Yarmouth, Maine. Hincks, who has been farming for 40 years, said that this is the worst season, in terms of drought and heat, that he has seen in 10 or 12 years. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Officials found the toxin microcystin in the blue-green algae present at Discovery Bay, Calif. For people exposed to the toxin, symptoms include dizziness, rashes, fever, vomiting and in more unusual cases, numbness. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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Poisonous Algae Blooms Threaten People, Ecosystems Across U.S.

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Officials from the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate discovered hundreds of dead reindeer on a mountain plateau after a lightning storm. Havard Kjontvedt/Norwegian Nature Inspectorate hide caption

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Controversy Over Drinking Water Safety In N.C. Private Wells Drags On

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Residents of Valdivia, Chile, look over wrecked buildings on May 31, 1960. AP hide caption

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When The Biggest Earthquake Ever Recorded Hit Chile, It Rocked The World

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Worried About A Bleak Future, Climate Change Activists Hesitant To Have Kids

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National Day Of Mourning Commences In Italy After Earthquake

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The Crystal Serenity, pictured here in Seward, Alaska, is the largest cruise ship to traverse the Northwest Passage, traveling from Alaska to New York City. Rachel Waldholz/Alaska Public Radio hide caption

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In Warmer Climate, A Luxury Cruise Sets Sail Through Northwest Passage

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