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Farmers have produced record or near-record soybean crops in recent years. Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media hide caption

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Collateral Damage Of The Trade War, Farmers Want Chinese Market Reopened

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An analysis of air quality and childhood asthma in Los Angeles found that kids' health improved when smog declined. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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When LA's Air Got Better, Kids' Asthma Cases Dropped

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Studying active volcanoes can be dangerous. Which is why a group of 40 scientists and engineers from all over the world came together to simulate volcanic blasts. What they're learning will help them at a real eruption. NPR hide caption

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A sheriff's deputy finds part of a jaw bone on a ranch in Brooks County, Texas. This is the ninth set of human remains the sheriff's office has recovered this year. Katie Hayes Luke for NPR hide caption

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The wake of a supply vessel heading toward a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2015. The Coast Guard says it has contained the oil spill. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt was among the most controversial of President Trump's original Cabinet-level picks. Pete Marovich/Getty Images hide caption

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An employee of the District of Columbia Housing Authority walks on the grounds of a public housing complex called Richardson Dwellings in Northeast Washington, D.C. The Trump administration wants to eliminate the federal fund now used to repair public housing in favor of attracting more private investment to repair and replace it. Amr Alfiky/NPR hide caption

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Trump Administration Wants To Cut Funding For Public Housing Repairs

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Debris blankets the north side of one of the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean. Researchers found a huge amount of plastic both onshore and buried in the sand. Courtesy of Silke Stuckenbrock hide caption

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Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds Of Millions Of Pieces Of Plastic

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks during a rally at Howard University on Monday. The Sunrise Movement held an event for the final stop of the "Road to a Green New Deal" tour to "explore what the pain of the climate crisis looks like in D.C. and for the country and what the promise of the Green New Deal means." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Containers of Roundup are displayed on a store shelf in San Francisco. The verdict is the third recent court decision in California involving the glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer. Haven Daley/AP hide caption

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael last year, a woman tries to recover belongings from the place where her house once stood in Mexico Beach, Florida. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Hurricane Season Approaching, Researchers Work To Better Predict Storm Intensity

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Charles Brain helps hand harvest grapes in a Shiraz vineyard in the Swartland wine region of South Africa. Lubanzi Wines, which was started by Brain and his partner, Walker Brown, earned its B Corp certification this year. Christopher Grava/Courtesy of Lubanzi Wines hide caption

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Handlers, known as mahouts, ride elephants along a mountain ridge at the Elephant Conservation Center in Xayaboury, Laos. The center has 29 elephants, most of which spent long careers hauling logs in Laos' logging industry. Ashley Westerman/NPR hide caption

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