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Anne Schauer-Gimenez (from left) Allison Pieja and Molly Morse of Mango Materials stand next to the biopolymer fermenter at a sewage treatment plant next to San Francisco Bay. The fermenter feeds bacteria the methane they need to produce a biological form of plastic. Chris Joyce/NPR hide caption

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Replacing Plastic: Can Bacteria Help Us Break The Habit?

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The Gulf Of Mexico's Expanding Dead Zone

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High Flooding On Lake Ontario And St. Lawrence River

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A coyote runs down the road in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. In 2018, more than 68,000 coyotes were killed in the U.S., including 5,600 just in Wyoming, under an Agriculture Department program. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Killing Coyotes Is Not As Effective As Once Thought, Researchers Say

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New Orleans Sues Big Oil

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The Flint Water Plant tower in Flint, Mich., where drinking water became tainted after the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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A comparison of how the old and upgraded U.S. global weather forecast models predicted the "bomb cyclone" that hit the Northeast U.S. in January 2018. The old NOAA model (left) estimated a smaller amount of snowfall than what actually happened (right). The updated model (middle) was more accurate. NOAA/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Federal Land Managers Propose Rule Change To Fast Track Forest Management Projects

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Wildland Firefighters Face Growing Danger As Fires Increase In Intensity, Frequency

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F/A-18 Super Hornet is launched by a steam-powered catapult off the USS Theodore Roosevelt during naval exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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A logger cuts a large fir tree in the Umpqua National Forest near Oakridge, Ore. Federal land managers are proposing a sweeping rule change that could expand commercial logging on Forest Service land. Don Ryan/AP hide caption

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Why Food Reformers Have Mixed Feelings About Eco-Labels

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Firefighters who work on wildland fires and prescribed burns (shown here) can be exposed to high levels of harmful smoke. Jes Burns/OPB hide caption

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Wildlife Biologists Disagree On The Most Effective Way To Control Coyotes

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