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A Tea Party supporter rings a bell in protest of the health care law in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, as Obamacare supporters shout behind her. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh oil puddles on the white sand in Orange Beach, Ala., during the BP oil spill in 2010. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

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Joshua Haggmark, Santa Barbara's water resources manager, is in charge of getting the city's desalination plant back online. Becky Sullivan hide caption

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Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

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A baby orangutan wearing a diaper swings through the trees at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program outside Medan, capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province. The program takes mostly orphaned orangutans, nurses them back to health and releases them back into the wild. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It's A Race To Save Indonesia's Orangutans

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A demonstrator dressed as a bather protests against the rationing of water, outside the official residence of Sao Paulo's Governor Geraldo Alckmin in Sao Paulo, on Jan. 26. The banner behind him reads, "Planet Water, Dry Lives." Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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A Historic Drought Grips Brazil's Economic Capital

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A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

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Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Here, mixed plastic items are seen at a recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., earlier this year. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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Gorillas in Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2013. Great apes like the gorilla have become increasingly threatened by the expansion of palm oil production in Africa. Brent Stirton/WWF/Canon/Getty Images hide caption

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The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm caters to local residents and restaurants. But unless its lease is renewed, its days are numbered. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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Fight Over Calif. Oyster Company Splits Chefs And Land Defenders

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Wheat fields like this one could yield wheat with less zinc and iron in the future if they are exposed to higher levels of CO2, according to the journal Nature. Zaharov Evgeniy/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Less Nutritious Grains May Be In Our Future

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Volunteer Tom Strain carries debris from an empty lot as part of an Earth Day cleanup effort in Camden, N.J. The Earth Day events celebrated on April 22 promote a sustainable and clean environment. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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