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California Aims To Get Past The Yuck Factor Of Recycled Wastewater

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Smallpox virus, colorized and magnified in this micrograph 42,000 times, is the real concern for biologists working on a cousin virus — horsepox. They're hoping to develop a better vaccine against smallpox, should that human scourge ever be used as a bioweapon. Chris Bjornberg/Science Source hide caption

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Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety?

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Staff at Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute sluice juvenile white seabass into a cage at Santa Catalina Island, in Southern California, where they grow before being released into the ocean. Thirty-five years ago, the state launched the program to bolster waning white seabass numbers. Now the first scientific assessment of the program finds it had a stunningly low success rate. Mike Shane/Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute hide caption

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The top science adviser to the EPA, Michael Honeycutt, has been the lead toxicologist for the state of Texas since 2003. Texas cities, including Houston, have struggled for decades with some of the worst air quality in the country. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Top EPA Science Adviser Has History Of Questioning Pollution Research

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Ray Vester served on the Arkansas State Plant Board for 18 years. "It's self-governing, by the people, for the people," he says. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

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Nutria were believed to have been eradicated in California, but the swamp rodent is back. Wildlife officials want the public's feedback before devising a new plan to get rid of them. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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Warmer temperatures are making canola and possibly other brassica seedpods open too early, reducing crop yields. Andrew Davies/courtesy John Innes Centre hide caption

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Virgin Islands National Park Is Still Trying To Recover From Hurricane Irma

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The offshore oil drilling platform called Gail, operated by Venoco, Inc., off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2009. Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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California May Have A Way To Block Trump's Offshore Drilling Push

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Pro-public lands messages are projected on the McNichols Civic Center in Denver. The Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show moved to Colorado because of a public land use dispute with Utah government leaders. Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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Denver's newest skyscraper (center) followed new building codes for energy efficiency. The city wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Dan Boyce for NPR hide caption

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Despite Progress, Cities Struggle With Ambitious Climate Goals

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Tea pickers stand in the scorching sun, hand-plucking the tea leaves for about eight hours a day. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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Tea Farmer In India Leads Charge For Organic, Evades The Charge Of Elephants

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After Deadly Mudslides In California, Residents Are Trying To Plan For Next Time

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Jason Czapla, principal engineer for Controlled Thermal Resources, surveys the site where the company's Hell's Kitchen Plant will be built. Benjamin Purper/KVCR hide caption

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The Forgotten Renewable: Geothermal Energy Production Heats Up

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Cape Town Copes With Water Crisis

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Patients seeking cancer treatment in the U.S. Virgin Islands must now go to the mainland. The Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute at Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas remains closed because of extensive damage to areas like the CAT scan suite. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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In The U.S. Virgin Islands, Health Care Remains In A Critical State

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The Theewaterskloof Dam is at just 13 percent capacity and is full of sand and dried tree trunks. About 85 miles north of Cape Town, the dam supplies both city and local farmers. Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South African Farmers Lose Crops And Workers Amid Crippling Drought

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