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  1. In Europe, World Leaders Try To Change Trump's Mind On Climate Change
    It was eight against one, at a table in Italy on Friday: Six heads of state and two EU representatives, arguing with the U.S. president about the urgency of committing to the Paris climate accord.
  2. 'Mother Of All Landslides' In Big Sur Buries Section Of California's Highway 1
    Dirt and rock now cover a third of a mile of the road known for its breathtaking views. And where the coast used to form roughly a straight line, aerial photos now show a rocky bulge into the Pacific.
  3. Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men
    Two criminal defense attorneys weigh in on the reasons for and impact of over-policing black boys.
  4. International Eel Smuggling Scheme Centers On Maine
    NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.
  5. Australian City Of Melbourne Finds Novel Way To Protect Its Trees
    The city assigned every tree — tens of thousands of them — individual email addresses. If a tree is vandalized, or diseased, you report it with that email.
  6. Norwegian Seed Vault Guarantees Crops Won't Become Extinct
    Burrowed into the side of a mountain, on a Norwegian island deep in the Arctic, is the Global Seed Vault, a small building where vital seed varieties are kept in a deep freeze year round.
  7. In Washington, D.C., A Program In Which Birds And People Lift Each Other Up
    For 25 years, the Earth Conservation Corps has been cleaning up the capital's polluted Anacostia River. Volunteers have turned their lives around and now work to help others do the same.
  8. Why Do Journalists Love Reporting On The Everglades?
    The Florida Everglades is known for its beauty, and recently for its pythons. Efforts are accelerating to rid the ecosystem of the pesky invasive species. It's a huge story... for journalists.
  9. Public To EPA On Cutting Regulations: 'No!'
    The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency notto roll back protections.
  10. Energy Companies Urge Trump To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement
    Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.
  11. Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened
    Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.
  12. Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster?
    Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?
  13. Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?
    The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.
  14. Many Of California's Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century
    Climate change, dams and agriculture are threatening Chinook salmon, the iconic fish at the core of the state's fishing industry, a report predicts. And 23 other fish species are also at risk.
  15. A Tale Of Four Famines
    Climate and conflict have left millions with little to no access to food in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.
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