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Earth's long-term warming, compared against a base line average from 1951 to 1980, can be seen in this visualization of NASA's global temperature record. Kathryn Mersmann/NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio hide caption

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The sun sets over Canada's Arctic Archipelago. Earth's magnetic north pole has been moving away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia at a rate of 55 kilometers (34 miles) per year. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Amber Gee's uncle spelled out "HELP" with logs from downed trees. Checking NOAA's interactive aerial map, Gee got the message. Bay County, Florida Emergency Services/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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An image provided by NOAA shows the hole in the ozone layer in 2015. NOAA scientists now say emissions of one ozone-depleting chemical appear to be rising, even though the chemical has been banned and reported production has essentially been at zero for years. NOAA via AP hide caption

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Yellows, oranges and reds show regions where the average temperature from 2013 to 2017 was higher than a baseline average from 1951 to 1980, according to an analysis by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio hide caption

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Melt ponds dot a stretch of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland. This year was the Arctic's second-warmest in at least 1,500 years, after 2016. Nathan Kurtz/NASA hide caption

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Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

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Hurricane Harvey delivered record rainfall to East Texas. Many scientists believe that climate change helped to make the storm wetter. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Massive Government Report Says Climate Is Warming And Humans Are The Cause

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The teal blue area along the Louisiana coastline represents a "dead zone" of oxygen-depleted water. Resulting from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Mississippi River, it can potentially hurt fisheries. NASA/Getty Images hide caption

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The Gulf Of Mexico's Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

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UMCES chemist Michael Gonsior gathers water samples from Cocktown Creek in Maryland. Andrew Heyes/Courtesy of University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science hide caption

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Trump's Budget Would Eliminate A Key Funder Of Research On Coastal Pollution

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An image of Western Hemisphere lightning storms, captured Feb. 14 over the course of one hour. Brighter colors indicate more lightning energy was recorded (the key is in kilowatt-hours of total optical emissions from lightning.) The most powerful storm system is located over the Gulf Coast of Texas. MATLAB/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hide caption

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Nitrogen oxide pollution in India and China is offsetting U.S. gains in cutting emissions, researchers say. This photo from October shows road traffic, along with smoke and smog, in front of the landmark India Gate in New Delhi. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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Government scientists are working on a climate assessment that among other things will help predict "sunny day" floods like this one in Miami Beach, Fla., in 2015. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Huge Federal Climate Enterprise At Stake As Trump Team Moves In

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The U.S. government is a major contributor to climate research. It funds missions like NASA's 2010 ICESCAPE expedition to study the decline of Arctic sea ice. Kathryn Hansen/NASA hide caption

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Trump's Election Leaves Scientists In A Climate Of Uncertainty

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An artist's depiction of the new GOES-R satellite. Lockheed Martin/Flickr hide caption

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New Satellite Provides Weather Forecasts For The Final Frontier

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Bull River Yacht Club Dock Master Robert Logan leaves the dock after finishing up storm preparations as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the East Coast, Friday, Oct. 7, in Savannah, Ga. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Hurricane Matthew Rolls Into Savannah, Ga., Which Is Now Under Curfew

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