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Joel Sartore on assignment for NGM, by Gerald Herbert/AP. An oil covered pelican sits stuck in thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La., Saturday, June 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert – Call 402.474.1006 for licensing info.)

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The federally endangered blowout penstemon (Penstemon haydenii). These plants were raised by a botanist who brought the plant back from just 600 individual plants to more than 20,000 today.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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A mussel shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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Plastic garbage washed up by the tide in Equatorial Guinea.

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A planted tallgrass prairie set aside for CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) at Waveland Farm near Walton, NE.

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Coal bed methane development threatens to end the peaceful solitude near Aztec, NM.

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Looking out over Wyoming’s Red Desert area, which is being threatened by coal bed methane development.

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Pronhorn antelope near Decker, MT (an area threatened by coal bed methane development.)

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Cleanup work on an oil spill in the Texas Intercoastal Canal, using a “control boom”.

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Cleanup work on an oil spill in the Texas Intercoastal Canal, using a “control boom”.

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Hydroelectric dams like the Bonneville on the Columbia River cause problems for salmon.

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Volunteer Jon Thaxton with a Florida scrub-jay (threatened) at the Mary Thaxton preserve in Oscar Scherer State Park near Osprey, FL.

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A cliff in Alaska has slumped into the sea because of erosion from runoff, as a result of climate change.

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A cliff in Alaska has slumped into the sea because of erosion from runoff, as a result of climate change.

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The effects of global warming and climate change are shown through early melting of sea ice and diminishing glaciers.

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Activity by energy companies, especially road building on Pauline McCauley’s ranch near Farmington, New Mexico has let to a sharp drop in her sheep herd.

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Activity by energy companies, especially road building on Pauline McCauley’s ranch near Farmington, New Mexico has let to a sharp drop in her sheep herd.

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Activity by energy companies, especially road building on Pauline McCauley’s ranch near Farmington, New Mexico has let to a sharp drop in her sheep herd.

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