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The number of monarch butterflies migrating to California spiked this winter after years of historic lows. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The butterflies are back! Annual migration of monarchs shows highest numbers in years

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In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers prepare to work at a fire scene at a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia,. Russian authorities say a fire at a coal mine in Siberia has killed nine people and injured 44 others. Dozens of others are still trapped. AP hide caption

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Producers plan to tap 7 million more maple trees to meet syrup demand. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage ... of maple syrup

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The Oregon-born wolf known as OR93 near Yosemite, Calif. in February 2021. The wolf thrilled biologists as it journeyed far south into California, but was found dead after apparently being struck by a vehicle. California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP hide caption

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Corals fertilize billions of offspring by casting sperm and eggs into the Pacific Ocean off the Queensland state coastal city of Cairns, Australia, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Gabriel Guzman/AP hide caption

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Janis Elliott lives in the unincorporated Iowa town of Avon. She put a reverse osmosis system in her home after she found nitrate levels almost double the EPA health standard. Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country

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Volcano tourism has overwhelmed La Palma as people come to see the spectacle. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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As a sea of lava destroys livelihoods on La Palma, it also offers a lifeline

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Sea levels in Guyana are rising several times faster than the global average. High tides sometimes spill over the seawall that is meant to protect the coastline. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Two Sides Of Guyana: A Green Champion And An Oil Producer

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Honey bees store the nutritious sweet treat in honeycomb. Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Bee Superfood: Exploring Honey's Chemical Complexities

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A supply ship sits anchored next to the Chevron Corp. Jack/St. Malo deepwater oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in May 2018. The Biden administration is auctioning millions of acres of the Gulf for oil and gas lease sales. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The ringed antpipit (corythopis torquatus) was among the 77 species examined in the recent study. Majority World/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption

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Amazon birds are shrinking as the climate warms, prompting warning from scientists

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Last minute resistance at the COP26 summit over efforts to phase out coal left many countries disappointed, but the agreement still marked new progress. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate activists demonstrate at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday. Negotiators from almost 200 nations were making a fresh push to reach agreement on a series of key issues. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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Teafua Tanu is an islet of Tokelau used by residents of Fakaofo atoll as a Catholic cemetery. Over the past two decades, the territory of Tokelau has proved extremely vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels owing, partly, to its being a small land mass surrounded by ocean, and its location in a region prone to natural disasters. Vlad Sokhin hide caption

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In 2017, Hurricane Maria damaged 90% of the housing stock on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The country was still recovering from two extreme storms over the previous two years. AFP Contributor/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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