The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life. Courtesy of Worcester Polytechnic Institute hide caption

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Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

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Farmer Arif Subandi surveys scorched peat lands near his house in the village of Punggur Kecil in West Kalimantan Province on Borneo. Yosef Riadi for NPR hide caption

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Climate Change As An Issue Of National Security

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California has been so unseasonably wet, its deserts are experiencing a "super bloom." After years of drought, the desert is lush. Nina Gregory/NPR hide caption

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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

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Green shoots of cereal rye, a popular cover crop, emerge in a field where corn was recently harvested in Iowa. The grass will go dormant in winter, then resume growing in the spring. Less than three percent of corn fields in the state have cover crops. Courtesy of Practical Farmers of Iowa hide caption

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Graveyard of Staghorn coral, Yonge reef, Northern Great Barrier Reef, October 2016. Greg Torda /ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies hide caption

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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 monitors how the climate is changing. Trump's budget would eliminate some satellites, including OCO-3, a next-generation carbon-monitoring spacecraft. NASA hide caption

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

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Study Finds High Temperatures Killing Large Parts Of Great Barrier Reef

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Trump To Reopen Review Of Car Fuel Efficiency Standards

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California Officials Pledge Not To Roll Back Fuel Efficiency Standards

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Last May, members of the Avaaz civic organization dressed as crop-sprayers in Brussels to protest the European Commission's plans to re-license glyphosate, the popular weed-killer sold by Monsanto under the brand name Roundup. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Raw fresh fish for sale at a supermarket. Using seafood guides to decide which fish is the most environmentally choice can be difficult when different guides make slightly different recommendations. intraprese/Getty Images hide caption

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The CAFE standards that set fuel efficiency marks for the auto industry will be reopened for review, the Trump administration says. Here, vehicles refuel at a roadside gas station in New Mexico. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Reopens U.S. Rules Setting Vehicle Efficiency Standards For 2025

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A U.S. Coast Guard crew retrieves a canister dropped by parachute in the Arctic in 2011. Over the past four decades, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and several other universities have studied shifts in atmospheric circulation above the Arctic. NASA/Kathryn Hansen hide caption

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The name Boaty McBoatface is attached to three submersibles like this one, according to the BBC, instead of a large research vessel. Department for Business, Innovation & Skills hide caption

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EPA's Chief Environmental Justice Official Steps Down

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Martin County relies on a water treatment plant that was built in 1968. Benny Becker/Ohio Valley ReSource hide caption

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Kentucky Community Hopes Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Fix Water System

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