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On the hood of an electric car in Sacramento on Wednesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order requiring all new passenger vehicles sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2035. Daniel Kim/AP hide caption

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California Gov. Newsom Calls Transition To Electric Cars An 'Economic Imperative'

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An aerial view of the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., in May. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Wednesday that bans the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles in the state by 2035. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of a rescue crew work to free a whale from a sandbar off the coast of Tasmania, Australia, on Tuesday. About 380 pilot whales have died in the mass stranding, one of the largest ever recorded. Brodie Weeding/AP hide caption

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A satellite image shows smoke and some of the major fires in Western states on Sept. 13. Sean McMinn/NPR, Source: RAMMB/Colorado State University hide caption

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A man wearing a protective mask looks at piled-up trash in New York City on April 24. Cities are struggling with collection as the volume of residential garbage surges during the stay-at-home era. Cindy Ord/Getty Images hide caption

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'Hard, Dirty Job': Cities Struggle To Clear Garbage Glut In Stay-At-Home World

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A helicopter prepares to drop water at a wildfire in Yucaipa, Calif., on Sept. 5. A firefighter was killed in the El Dorado blaze on Thursday. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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Firefighters are seen on scene at Cressman's, a landmark Shaver Lake general store and gas station where only the sign remains standing after being lost to the Creek Fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains on September 11, 2020. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Conspiracies Add Fuel To An Already Challenging Wildfire Season

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Facebook Vice President Nick Clegg, pictured in 2019, tells NPR there's "real appetite for people to find out more for themselves" when it comes to climate change and factual information. Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Facebook VP Nick Clegg On New Climate Change Information Hub

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A firefighter sprays water on a controlled burn Sunday while fighting the Dolan Fire near Big Sur, Calif. Millions of acres have burned in California and neighboring states this year. Nic Coury/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Architects say making the office more like the outdoors — with filtered air and good ventilation — will be a priority post-pandemic. This living wall in the Danielle N. Ripich Commons at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, is one such approach. Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Nearly two decades after the 2002 Hayman fire in Colorado, this high-severity burn area near Cheesman Lake is still treeless. Michael Elizabeth Sakas/CPR News hide caption

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Firefighters monitor a controlled burn along Nacimiento-Fergusson Road to help contain the Dolan Fire near Big Sur, Calif., on Friday. Nic Coury/AP hide caption

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