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A prep cook at MoMo's restaurant in San Francisco drops apple skins into a food-scrap recycling container in 2009. Composting, a process that converts organic materials into nutrient-rich soil, can help reduce the amount of trash dumped into landfills. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Salt deposits float as the mountains are reflected in a lithium brine evaporation pool at Silver Peak lithium mine in Silver Peak, Nev. on Oct. 6, 2022. Bridget Bennett for NPR hide caption

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High demand and prices for lithium send mines into overdrive

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Workers wait to get off an elevator at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Three Takeaways From The COP27 Climate Conference

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Mamadou Diop, 52, stands in front of the strawberry farms where he does seasonal work in Palos de la Frontera, Spain on October 16. Born in Senegal, Diop speaks more than five languages. He lives in makeshift housing near the farms, and he sends money back to his wife and children in Joal Fadiouth, Senegal. Ricci Shryock for NPR hide caption

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In the strawberry fields of Spain, migrants from Africa work in hope of a better life

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Logging in the recently liberated areas West of Izium is dangerous and punishable by fines. Unexploded ordnance litters the ground. But some loggers take the risk for the opportunity to harvest and deliver the wood to people who need heat. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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How Russia is weaponizing the Ukrainian winter

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Chima Williams, an attorney in Nigeria, is one of the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. He sued Shell over oil spills in his country. Speaking of his activism, Williams notes: "There is power in what you believe and how you go about it uncompromisingly." KC Nwakalor for NPR hide caption

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He started protesting about his middle school principal. Now he's taking on Big Oil

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A methane flare seen in Texas. Methane is an incredibly potent greenhouse gas that is currently released in huge quantities by oil and gas operations, landfills and agriculture. Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg via Getty hide caption

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When he was younger, climate change felt like an abstract concept to Gabriel Nagel. Then a wildfire burned near his home. Eli Imadali hide caption

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Coping with climate change: Advice for kids — from kids

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Climate activists at the United Nations climate conference in Egypt call for money to pay for loss and damage from global warming in low-income countries. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Sadio Konte Dior, 20, on the farm where he works outside of Dakar on October 4. He came to Senegal from Mali. On these small farms just outside of the capital, men and women who have migrated regionally grow lettuce and other vegetables. Ricci Shryock for NPR hide caption

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What a lettuce farm in Senegal reveals about climate-driven migration in Africa

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Visitors walk in the Green Zone of the UNFCCC COP27 climate conference on Nov. 10 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The conference is bringing together political leaders and representatives from 190 countries to discuss climate-related topics including climate change adaptation, climate finance, decarbonisation, agriculture and biodiversity. The conference is running from November 6-18. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Babacar Niang, known as Matador, raps at a recording studio at one of Africulturban's facilities in Pikine, Senegal on April 26, 2018. Ricci Shryock for NPR hide caption

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How Senegal's artists are changing the system with a mic and spray paint

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Chicken made from animal cells is made into a dish at Upside Foods. Brian L. Frank for NPR hide caption

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FDA gives safety nod to 'no kill' meat, bringing it closer to sale in the U.S.

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Pape Dieye in Guet N'dar, Senegal on October 7. Ricci Shryock for NPR hide caption

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People smugglers keep trying to recruit this boat captain. He keeps refusing

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is a founding member of the nonprofit that made a tool to track big polluters. Maansi Srivastava/NPR hide caption

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Al Gore helped launch a global emissions tracker that keeps big polluters honest

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Signs like this one, spotted Oct. 26, 2022, are all over northern Gaston County, N.C., near where Piedmont Lithium wants to build a 1,500-acre lithium mining and processing operation. David Boraks/WFAE hide caption

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A proposed lithium mine presents a climate versus environment conflict

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Mamadou Thiam in Saint-Louis, Senegal on October 5. Ricci Shryock for NPR hide caption

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Saint-Louis is being swallowed by the sea. Residents are bracing for a new reality

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