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Scientists Gather to Study Risk From Microplastic Pollution

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the poop of sea otters and giant killer whales. “It’s such a huge endeavor to know how b...
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Pacific Bird Refuge Struggles as Ocean Garbage Patch Grows

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life. "Th...
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23 States Sue Trump to Keep California’s Auto Emission Rules

SACRAMENTO — California and 22 other states sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking the authority of the nation's most populous state to set emission standards for cars and trucks. "The Oval Office is really not a place for on-the-job tra...
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Sturgeon, America’s Forgotten Dinosaurs, Show Signs of Life

CHARLES CITY, Va. — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom...