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Visible satellite image of Cyclone Tauktae from the VIIRS instrument on the NOAA-20 satellite on Monday afternoon, May 17, 2021. NASA Earth Observatory

By Jeff Masters

Extremely dangerous Tropical Cyclone Tauktae made landfall in western India's Gujarat coast on the Arabian Sea around 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 UTC), May 17.

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Denmark has begun to excavate mink that were buried last year after coronavirus concerns led to an industry-wide cull. MIKKEL BERG PEDERSEN / Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

Denmark has begun to dig up millions of mink that were culled and buried to stop the spread of a coronavirus mutation.

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There are many different CBD oil brands in today's market. But, figuring out which brand is the best and which brand has the strongest oil might feel challenging and confusing. Our simple guide to the strongest CBD oils for pain, anxiety, and sleep will point you in the right direction.

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Ekom Waterfall in a rainforest in Cameroon, Africa. antoineede / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Aptly called, "Earth's lungs," the planet's two largest swaths of rainforest, in Amazonia and Africa, suck up 15 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions produced by humans. These ecosystems are essential for carbon sequestration and therefore curbing climate change, and while the Amazon rainforest has been the subject of mountains of research, scientists are just now beginning to understand how rainforests in Central and Western Africa respond to small changes in climate — and it's good news.

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The IEA has finally released its first ever fully-fledged energy scenario aligned with the urgent goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. shotbydave / E+ / Getty Images

By Kelly Trout

For years, we've seen fossil fuel companies and governments justify their fossil fuel expansion plans – from the TransMountain tar sands pipeline expansion to Arctic oil drilling to the Adani coal mine – on the backs of scenarios from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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By Claire Wiley

In March, Carissa Cabrera posted a video of severe flooding near her home in Hawaii to TikTok in response to a comment on her profile reading "climate change is not real."

Over footage of a swollen river and cars navigating badly flooded roads, a voiceover says: "This isn't global warming. This isn't climate change. Let's call it exactly what it is: climate crisis."

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New Big 5 project

Trophy hunters in Africa used to refer to a "Big 5" of wild animals that were particularly dangerous to kill: elephant, rhino, leopard, Cape buffalo and lion. Now, a new initiative seeks to transform the Big 5 concept into a celebration of life, not death.

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A heron in the Galapagos. Rhett A. Butler

A coalition of groups, including a newly formed organization backed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, have mobilized $43 million for efforts to restore degraded habitats in the Galápagos Islands, an archipelago renowned for its endemic species and central role in scientists' understanding of ecology and evolution.

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By Jeannette Cwienk

From violets and pansies to kitchen herbs, the longer spring goes on in the northern hemisphere, the more diverse our options are for outdoor flowers and plants. According to the German environmental nonprofit BUND, about a billion garden and balcony plants are sold in the country each year.

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Am ExxonMobil operation near Chicago, Illinois in 2014. Richard Hurd / CC BY 2.0

By Sharon Kelly

What's the single word that fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil's flagship environmental reports to investors and the public tie most closely to climate change and global warming?

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A large North Carolina farm flooded during Hurricane Florence. Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. / Flickr

By Cameron Oglesby

As North Carolina heads into another hurricane season, some residents and organizations fear the stormy season will again flood communities with hog waste.

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A resident jogs at a field next to the Limetree Bay refinery in St. Croix, Virgin Islands on March 14, 2021. Salwan Georges / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Less than 48 hours after an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee sent to the Virgin Islands to investigate the Limetree oil refinery told colleagues, "There is oil on my windshield," the agency took the remarkable action to shut down the entire refinery citing an "imminent" threat to human health.

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By John R. Platt

As I sat in a pharmacy chair for the required 15 minutes after my first vaccine dose, my mind turned to animals.

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