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Greta Thunberg says she wants people to use the power of their votes to elect leaders who will work to reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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Greta Thunberg To U.S.: 'You Have A Moral Responsibility' On Climate Change

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Several hundred Haitians and Bahamians wait at the port of Marsh Harbour in hopes of boarding a boat to Nassau on Friday. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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The EPA says it aims to eliminate the testing of chemicals and pesticides in animals by 2035. filo/Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Chief Pledges To Severely Cut Back On Animal Testing Of Chemicals

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Millions of homes built before 1978 still contain lead-based paint. A report published Monday finds the Environmental Protection Agency is not adequately enforcing laws meant to protect children from lead-laden paint flakes and dust. Stew Milne/AP hide caption

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In this picture taken on September 3, 2019 used medical waste is pictured on Clifton beach in Karachi. - Swarms of flies, water-borne illnesses, and rivers of sewage have brought Pakistan's Karachi to its knees this rainy season as decades of mismanagement have turned the countrys commercial capital into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Since purple sea urchins have eaten up their food supply, many of them are empty inside. Erika Mahoney/KAZU hide caption

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Saving California's Kelp Forest May Depend On Eating Purple Sea Urchins

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A Rough Terrain Container Handler, or RTCH, moves a shipping container full of about 40,000 pounds of wood chips to a nearby railcar. Ryan Heinsius/KNAU hide caption

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Chip-And-Ship Forest Clearing May Help Prevent Wildfire Disasters

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Flooding from Hurricane Dorian swamped Ocracoke Island on Friday in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Courtesy of Theresa Ray hide caption

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Dorian's Floodwaters Trapped Hundreds In The Outer Banks Until Boat Rescuers Arrived

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A gas flare from the Shell Chemical LP petroleum refinery illuminates the sky on Aug. 21 in Norco, La. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Earth Has Survived Extinctions Before, It's Humans Who Are Fragile

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Ford Motor Co., BMW, Honda and Volkswagen received letters from the Justice Department about a deal they entered with California earlier this year for reducing vehicle emissions. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Hickey works on capping an an orphaned well in Adams County, Colo. The EPA estimates there are more than 1 million abandoned gas and oil wells across the country. Matt Bloom/KNUC hide caption

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Cleaning Up Abandoned Wells Proves Costly To Gas And Oil Producing States

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A satellite image taken Friday shows damage and oil leaking from a terminal on Grand Bahama. The company that owns it says 1.8 million barrels were being stored there when Hurricane Dorian hit late Sunday. Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies hide caption

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The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian is seen from the air in Marsh Harbour on the Bahamas' Great Abaco Island. The death toll from the hurricane, officially at 30, is expected to climb. Gonzalo Gaudenzi/AP hide caption

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A tree grows beneath a power line in the Park DuValle neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. Urban environments can be especially harsh on trees. Sean McMinn/NPR hide caption

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Trees Are Key To Fighting Urban Heat — But Cities Keep Losing Them

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