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Tusk Luck: Alaska Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Stealing Mammoth Fossil

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An Alaska man and his co-conspirator took a fossilized tusk from a Bureau of Land Management museum. Then, they cut it up and sold off the pieces.

'Losing Earth' Explores How Oil Industry Played Politics With The Planet's Fate

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Journalist Nathaniel Rich says the oil industry helped create a partisan debate around climate change in the 1980s by paying scientists to write op-eds questioning climate science.

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Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds

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A study ties an estimated 4,300 premature deaths a year to the air pollution caused by corn production in the U.S. In some regions, the per-bushel health costs exceed the corn's market price.

EPA Science Panel Considering Guidelines That Upend Basic Air Pollution Science

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Some panel members said they don't agree that breathing sooty air can cause premature death. The panel's draft recommendations to the EPA would change how it assesses the dangers of air pollution.

Petrochemical Fire Reignites At Houston-Area Fuel Storage Facility

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Officials say the new blaze was extinguished after about an hour. Amid a week of environmental mishaps, the Texas attorney general filed a lawsuit alleging violations of that state's clean air laws.

What Makes People Heed A Weather Warning — Or Not?

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One social scientist says it's how people interpret these warnings that matters and that "we need to get out there and do a better job of understanding their perspective."

New Edison tree-trimming campaign to reduce fire risk is getting local pushback

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When work crews hired by Southern California Edison cut back the canopy of shade trees in unincorporated Altadena last month, many residents of the foothill community were angered that their trees were left unsightly and mangled.

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Stomach Of Dead Whale Contained 'Nothing But Plastic'

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In the Philippines, marine biologist Darrell Blatchley recovered the body of a young whale that showed signs of emaciation and dehydration due to the more than 88 pounds of plastic it had ingested.

Oil Spill In Solomon Islands Threatens World Heritage Site

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A ship ran aground more than a month ago, and a gash on its side is leaking oil. There's growing outrage that the companies responsible are not taking action to stop the environmental destruction.

Former Defense Leaders Warn White House It's 'Dangerous' To Downplay Climate Change

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Generals, admirals, former national security officials, and scientists have signed a letter to the president warning that climate change is a threat to national security.

'Unfounded' Bullying Accusations Sidelined Head Of Grand Canyon For 5 Months

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Park Superintendent Christine Lehnertz has been cleared of allegations of creating a hostile work environment in a report by the Inspector General of the Interior Department.

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Meet The White House's New Chief Climate Change Skeptic

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William Happer, a Princeton scientist who is doubtful of the dangers of climate change, appears to be leading a White House challenge to the government's conclusion that global warming is a threat.

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You May Be Surprised To Learn Which Two Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

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Satellite images show the amount of green vegetation on Earth increasing, despite deforestation. But some of the added greenery has a down side.

Your Questions About Plastic Waste, Answered

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How can I find out if my plastic waste is really being recycled What makes some plastic recyclable and some not? Here are answers from the NPR correspondents working on "The Plastic Tide" series.

Despite Few Details And Much Doubt, The Green New Deal Generates Enthusiasm

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The Green New Deal to address climate change is short on specifics and wildly ambitious. But even seasoned energy experts admire the enthusiasm it's generating.

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My family tried to ditch single-use plastic. Results: mixed.

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Can an urban, middle-class family of four eliminate plastic waste from their lives?

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