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  1. An aerial view of Mountain Pass rare earth mine in southeastern California,
    Earth

     Rare earth mining may be key to our renewable energy future. But at what cost?

    We take you inside Mountain Pass, the only rare earth mine in the United States.
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  2. A photo of President Joe Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act into law with a group of four men and one women standing around him.
    Climate

    2022’s biggest climate change bill pushes clean energy

    Experts weigh in on the pros and cons of the United States’ first major climate change legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, signed this year.
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  3. On the left a white dog eating from a food bowl and on the right a smaller brown cat eats from a food bowl
    Animals

     Dry pet food may be more environmentally friendly than wet food

    The environmental cost of wet pet food is higher than dry food, scientists say. That may be because wet food gets most of its calories from animals.
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  4. Health & Medicine

     Pollution mucks up the lungs’ immune defenses over time

    A study of immune tissue in the lungs reports that particulate matter buildup from air pollution may impair respiratory immunity in older adults.
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  5. Several blue, cylindrical SharkGuard devices hanging by string off a rail
    Animals

     These devices use an electric field to scare sharks from fishing hooks

    SharkGuard gadgets work by harnessing sharks’ ability to detect electric fields. That could save the animals’ lives, a study suggests.
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  6. Wind turbines stand near a coal-fired power plant in Germany, with steam rising from the plant's cooling towers.
    Climate

     Wind turbines could help capture carbon dioxide while providing power

    Turbulent wakes from wind turbines can concentrate CO2 from cities and factories, making it easier to remove the greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.

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  7. An elevation map of Montana near Yellowstone National Park with high elevation on the right and low elevation on the left
    Earth

     Landslides shaped a hidden landscape within Yellowstone

    Scientists have used lasers to get a detailed view of the national park’s topography, and they’ve spotted more than a thousand landslides.
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  8. The Rogue River with trees and rocks on either side.
    Environment

    Heat waves in U.S. rivers are on the rise. Here’s why that’s a problem

    In recent years, heat waves in U.S. rivers have gotten more frequent, causing trouble for fish, plants and water quality.
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  9. photo of people gathered around a
    Animals

     Tree-climbing carnivores called fishers are back in Washington’s forests

    Thanks to a 14-year reintroduction effort, fishers, or “tree wolverines,” are once again climbing and hunting in Washington’s forests after fur trapping and habitat loss wiped them out.
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