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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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Here's How PG&E's Bankruptcy Might Hurt California's Ambitious Climate Goals

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PG&E is key to helping California meet its ambitious goal of zero carbon electricity by mid-century. Now there's concern that the utility's bankruptcy may set that back.

Federal Judge Blasts PG&E's Commitment To California Wildfire Safety

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In unusually frank language, the judge said he fears the potential for more fires in 2019 if the utility company does not take drastic action.

California Wildfire Insurance Claims Total $11.4 Billion For November 2018

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This week the state's largest utility, PG&E Co., is expected to file for bankruptcy protection due to its potential liabilities.

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How Teenage Sisters Pushed Bali To Say 'Bye-Bye' To Plastic Bags

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Plastic is choking our oceans. Inspired by Gandhi's activism, two young women on the island of Bali are on a mission to do something about it.

Australia's Heat Wave Is Taking A Toll On People, Animals, Infrastructure And Land

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As temperatures break records, Australians are suffering from heat-related illnesses, power has been cut to preserve supplies, and more than 90 horses were found dead in a dried reservoir.

An oil well blew in Marina del Rey but authorities took a week to tell the neighbors

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An oil well blew earlier this month at a hotel construction site in Marina del Rey. It took county officials more than a week to inform local residents.

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California Investigation Finds PG&E Blameless In Massive 2017 Wine Region Wildfire

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Power transmission lines owned by the beleaguered utility company are still the focus of an investigation into the cause of the Camp Fire in 2018.

When LA County captures stormwater, here's where it goes

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When it rains, the Los Angeles County Flood Control system mainly works to channel stormwater runoff to the ocean. But about 28 percent of that rain is captured before it's lost to the Pacific.

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Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

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Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.

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Interior Restaffs Some Wildlife Refuges During Shutdown

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Furloughed staff will return to 38 protected sites around the country. Critics are panning the move as a way to avoid bad optics during the political tussle.

Massive Fatberg Found Blocking Sewer In British Seaside Town

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The giant clump of fat, oil and wet wipes lurking below the town of Sidmouth measures 210 feet, making it 42 feet longer than the White House. It will take about eight weeks to break it apart.

Threatened Bluefin Tuna Sells For $3 Million In Tokyo Market

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Sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura purchased the 612-pound Pacific bluefin tuna at auction. Conservationists are alarmed about the fate of the species.