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Dr. Brian Chesebro (right), in Portland, Ore., has calculated that by simply using the anesthesia gas sevoflurane in most surgeries, instead of the similar gas desflurane, he can significantly cut the amount of global warming each procedure contributes to the environment. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

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A Chinese-backed power plant under construction in 2018 in the desert in the Tharparkar district of Pakistan's southern Sindh province. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is China Placing A Global Bet On Coal?

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Scott Pruitt speaks on election night 2010, after his successful campaign for Oklahoma attorney general. When Pruitt assumed office, he also took control of the state's case against the poultry industry. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

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Snow-making has been called a Band-Aid to the bigger problem of warming temperatures. Patrik Duda / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption

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Snow-Making For Skiing During Warm Winters Comes With Environmental Cost

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA chief Scott Pruitt on June 1 after speaking about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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The Agriculture Department established research centers in 2014 to translate climate science into real-world ideas to help farmers and ranchers adapt to a hotter climate. But a tone of skepticism about climate change from the Trump administration has some farmers worried that this research they rely on may now be in jeopardy. Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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A refinery in Anacortes, Wash. In 2016, voters in Washington state rejected an initiative that would have taxed carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Participants at the Marrakech climate conference stage a public show of support for climate negotiations and the Paris agreement on Friday. David Keyton/AP hide caption

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As Marrakech Climate Talks End, Worries Remain About U.S. Pullout

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Agustin Mayta Condori shows a sick alpaca, which he predicted would die the next day because of subfreezing temperatures in the southern Andes in Peru. Thousands of alpacas have died in the region. Rodrigo Abd/AP hide caption

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About 70 percent of Earth is covered by clouds at any given moment. Their interaction with climate isn't easy to study, scientists say; these shape-shifters move quickly. NOAA/Flickr hide caption

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Climate Change May Already Be Shifting Clouds Toward The Poles

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