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Why Democrats Are Eager To Make Climate Change A Central Issue In The 2020 Campaign

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Pedestrians walk in Brooklyn on an unseasonably warm afternoon in February 2017, when temperatures reached near 60 degrees. To take action against climate change, New York City is requiring large buildings to retrofit their structures to improve energy efficiency. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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To Fight Climate Change, New York City Will Push Skyscrapers To Slash Emissions

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How Some Teachers In Alaska Are Tackling The Subject Of Climate Change

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In 'Choked,' Beth Gardiner Looks At The Origins Of The Clean Air Act

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While it may seem that heaps of plastic from meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron make them less environmentally friendly than traditional grocery shopping, a new study says the kits actually produce less food waste. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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News Brief: Sri Lanka Explosions, Mueller Report, Climate Education

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Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did

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Debris from Hurricane Michael rests along a canal on Oct. 18, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Fla. NOAA upgraded the storm to a Category 5 after completing its analysis. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Rod Williams, a Purdue University associate professor, holds a hellbender that he and a team of students collected in southern Indiana's Blue River in 2014. The Eastern hellbender salamander is set to be Pennsylvania's official state amphibian. Rick Callahan/AP hide caption

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Activists call for government action on climate change in the middle of Oxford Circus on Wednesday in London. Now in their third day of action, protests have blocked a number of key junctions in central London. Leon Neal/Getty Images hide caption

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Paradise Irrigation District manager Kevin Phillips shows a sample of the town's water pipes, which were frequently woven between underground root systems that were likely burned during the fire. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Paradise, Calif., Water Is Contaminated But Residents Are Moving Back Anyway

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A drilling rig at work near a residential neighborhood in Erie, Colo. An overhaul of oil and gas regulations will give localities more control over where drilling can happen. Grace Hood/CPR hide caption

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Colorado's Oil And Gas Regulators Must Now Consider Public Health And Safety

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A team of researchers found a surprisingly large amount of microplastic in the air in the Pyrenees mountains in southern France. VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Microplastic Found Even In The Air In France's Pyrenees Mountains

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