A conference attendee looks at a projection of the Earth on Monday, the opening day of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, in Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris.
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Elizeu Berçacola, a leader of a group of rubber tappers in Machadinho d'Oeste in the Brazilian state of Rondonia, just after burring down three illegal logging camps. There is a war over the future of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil: those that are fighting it call it 'the war over wood.'
"I think there's a move that needs to be made toward accelerating what's already inevitable, which is a clean-energy transition that'll create jobs, safeguard our environment and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," Jay Faison told NPR.
In this August 2015 file photo, plants burned in the Rocky Fire are shown near Lower Lake, Calif. NPR's environment and climate change reporting encompasses related topics such as wildfires, drought, and other natural disasters.
In the past decade, freshwater and sediment diverted from the nearby Mississippi River have turned what once was an open bay into a thriving wetlands area. Local environmental groups have planted thousands of cypress trees, attempting to create a marsh that will help absorb storms that pass through.
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A town in California's Central Valley plans to transform farmland into an eco-friendly residential community. An artist's rendering shows plans for Kings River Village in Reedley, Calif.
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