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A coal-hauling truck with 240 tons of coal drives to the surface at the Buckskin Coal Mine in Gillette, Wyo., in 2004. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. coal production is up sharply after hitting a 50-year low last year

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The Schuylkill River floods Philadelphia in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in September. The extreme rain caught many by surprise, trapping people in basements and cars and killing dozens. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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California's farmers are pumping billions of tons of extra water from underground aquifers this year because of the drought. But new restrictions on such pumping are coming into force. Dan Charles/NPR hide caption

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Satellites reveal the secrets of water-guzzling farms in California

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How do our brains create meaning from the sounds around us? That is the question at the heart of a new book from neuroscientist Nina Kraus, called Of Sound Mind. kimberrywood/Getty Images hide caption

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How do we make sense of the sounds around us?

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North Dakota ranchers have been forced to sell off close to 25% more of their herds over last year. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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This Climate.gov graphic shows how La Niña generally affects weather conditions in the United States. Forecasters say there's a nearly 90% chance that La Niña conditions will be in place from December 2021 to February 2022. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hide caption

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When buying her new home in Big Pine Key, Fla., Amy Tripp closed early, just before federal flood insurance rates rose by thousands of dollars. Her rate will still go up more slowly over time. Saul Martinez for NPR hide caption

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The Mighty Mangrove

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Spilled oil washes up in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Monday. The amount of crude that leaked from an offshore pipeline is believed to be about 25,000 gallons, a Coast Guard official said Thursday. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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Scenes after heavy rainfall flooded a commuter parking lot in Reston, VA with some cars completely submerged. The Washington Post/The Washington Post via Getty Im hide caption

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Dome home, by Vidyun R Hebbar, India, winner, age category: 10 years and under. Vidyun watched a tent spider as a tuk-tuk passed by. Exploring his local theme park, he found an occupied spiderweb in a gap in a wall. A passing tuk-tuk provided a backdrop of rainbow colors to set off the spider's silk creation. Tent spiders are tiny; this one had legs spanning less than 15 millimeters. Vidyun R Hebbar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year hide caption

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Firefighters extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon that have spotted ahead of the fire front along Highway 101 southbound at Vista Point, north of Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, Calif. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department/AP hide caption

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Cleanup contractors deploy skimmers and floating barriers known as booms to try to stop further crude oil incursion into Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Oct. 3 after an oil spill off the Southern California coast. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP hide caption

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