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An illustration from 1870 shows Prehistoric men using wooden clubs and stone axe to fend off an attacks by a large cave bear. The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago. Mammoths can be seen in the background. British Library/Science Source hide caption

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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

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Denver's newest skyscraper (center) followed new building codes for energy efficiency. The city wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Dan Boyce for NPR hide caption

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Despite Progress, Cities Struggle With Ambitious Climate Goals

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Echo, an English Labrador, narrows down the search for the ashes of Kathy Lampi's mother. She died in June, but her cremains were lost in the wildfire in October. Thomas Nash/nashpix.com hide caption

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Forensic Search Dogs Sniff Out Human Ashes In Wildfire Wreckage

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Jadav Payeng, "The Forest Man of India," has planted tens of thousands of trees over the course of nearly 40 years. He has made bloom a once desiccated island that lies in the Brahamputra river, which runs through his home state of Assam. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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A Lifetime Of Planting Trees On A Remote River Island: Meet India's Forest Man

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Belinda Batten of Oregon State University stands in front of a wave energy generator prototype. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Oceans May Host Next Wave Of Renewable Energy

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An aerial photo shows hills of mining waste known as "chat" scattered throughout the abandoned lead and zinc mine at the Tar Creek Superfund site. Joe Wertz/Stateimpact Oklahoma hide caption

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EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop

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Aboard the fishing vessel Marathon, Nicholas Cooke (left) and Nathan Cultee unload 16 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into a container in Bellingham, Wash. Megan Farmer/KUOW hide caption

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Salmon Fisher: Spill Is Dangerous And 'We Shouldn't Have To Deal With It'

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Aboard the fishing vessel Marathon, Nicholas Cooke (left) and Nathan Cultee unload 16 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into a container on Tuesday in Bellingham, Wash. Megan Farmer /KUOW hide caption

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Białowieża National Park which spans 350,000 acres in Poland and Belarus is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson/NPR hide caption

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Poland Clashes With European Union Over Logging In Primeval Forest

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A Border Patrol agent keeps watch over the U.S.-Mexico border fence just south of San Diego earlier this year. The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it would waive environmental and other laws to expedite its construction of barriers and roads in the region. Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Homeland Security To Waive Environmental Rules On Border Wall Projects

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Ed Coker is a job steward with Pipeliners Local Union 798. He's a third generation welder and a second generation member of the Pipeliners union. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Environmentalists Provoke Pipeline Workers To Speak Up

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Google wants to pump 1.5 million gallons of water per day to cool servers at its data center in Berkeley County, S.C. "It's great to have Google in this region," conservationist Emily Cedzo said. "So by no means are we going after Google ... Our concern, primarily, is the source of that water." Bruce Smith/AP hide caption

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Google Moves In And Wants To Pump 1.5 Million Gallons Of Water Per Day

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Motorcyclists enter the Carrizo Plain National Monument near Taft, Calif., during a wildflower "super bloom" on Wednesday. After years of drought, an explosion of wildflowers in Southern and Central California is drawing record crowds. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In its prime, the Hero sailed through frigid temperatures and ice-strewn waters in the South Pole. But now it's sinking, leaking oil and threatening Washington's oysters. Molly Solomon/Oregon Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Farmer Arif Subandi surveys scorched peat lands near his house in the village of Punggur Kecil in West Kalimantan Province on Borneo. Yosef Riadi for NPR hide caption

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Indonesia's Peat Fires Still Blaze, But Not As Much As They Used To

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