At the Wellesley recycling center, just west of Boston, residents drop their recyclables into 43 different sorting stations.
For years, the model for American recycling was pretty simple: throw it in a bin, then let China deal with the mess. But no longer.
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The deadline for this year’s climate summit is tomorrow, and negotiators still haven’t resolved many of the most important issues.
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We talk about "climate refugees" all the time. But they don't exist. In fact, those displaced by climate change have no special protections under international law. But that may be changing.
The tops of buildings are barely visible through a thick layer of smog.
Coal smog can make many poles feel like they're living in the 19th century. Now a growing grassroots movement is pushing local and national governments to cut smog and rethink the country's heavy reliance on coal.
An adult emerald ash borer nestles into a tan-colored tree trunk.
The US has two trade deficits: money and pests. A Congressional amendment would add some safeguards to clamp down on non-indigenous insects that are killing American trees.
A man wearing a hard hat is silhouetted against old heavy windowpanes in a factory.
This year's climate conference is convening in the heart of Poland's coal country. As the world meets to negotiate a follow-up to the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015, Poland's leaders are promising continued reliance on coal.
A red helicopter is shown landed on the Greenland ice sheet with team of three professors and three students unload their gear.
Researchers on Greenland’s ice sheet are trying to find out more about our planet and the future implications with rising seas. It’s also spectacularly beautiful and surreal.
Three people walk across ground covered in ice and snow as the horizon stretches behind them.
The Greenland ice sheet has long helped cool the world and keep sea levels stable. But now it's melting, and scientists are trying to learn as much as they can, as fast as they can.
A large oil tanker docks amid ice and snow in the Arctic. On the side, the ship's name is written in Russian characters.
The Barents Observer keeps a close watch on the Russian Arctic because it’s part of the neighborhood, and because there’s a lot at stake there, for Russians and the rest of us.
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As the Arctic warms, it’s opening up a whole new economic frontier, with big opportunities for tourism, shipping and resource development, including oil and gas. But that also brings a whole new array of risks for the region and the world.

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