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Senate May Approve Drilling In Alaskan Wilderness With Tax Bill
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The Republican push to pass a major tax overhaul may also include another long-held GOP goal — opening up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.

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Keystone Pipeline Oil Spill Reported In South Dakota
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The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Slow And Upbeat EPA Response To Hurricane Harvey Pollution Angers Residents
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Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of air pollution. Some people who live and work near the plants are frustrated with the federal response.

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Instagram Crowds May Be Ruining Nature
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When a particularly scenic shot gains traction on Instagram, visitors flood in. Travel photographer Brent Knepper tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro that can lead to permanent changes in the landscape.

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Climate Change Ripens Prospects For German Winemakers
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While Spanish and Italian growers worry heat will dry out vines, in Germany, warming has made for better Rieslings. And one scientist says they couldn't be making red wine so good otherwise.

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'Leaf Wonder' In A World Of Changing Forests
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Together, aesthetic awareness and scientific analysis puts us in direct, sensory relationship with the forest and gives us the ability to understand what we see, says author David George Haskell.

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Certain And Confident: Predicting The Future In A Climate-Changing World
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The Climate Science Special Report, released by the White House last week, is a valuable read — it's a primer on how science works when it overlaps with the need to make informed bets on our future.

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New Delhi Chief Minister Calls India's Smog-Choked Capital A 'Gas Chamber'
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The situation is so bad that doctors are describing it as a public health emergency and calling for the government to order an evacuation of the city.

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Is It Time To Catch The Wave Of Rebounding Atlantic Bluefin Tuna?
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New England fishers say it's been decades since they've hauled in so many tuna, and some in the industry are urging higher quotas. But some environmental groups fear the population is still imperiled.

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Scientists In Houston Tell A Story Of Concrete, Rain And Destruction
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As researchers and engineers analyze the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it's becoming clear that Houston's runaway development had a big role to play in flooding.

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