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Fruit-eating animals spread the seeds of plants in ecosystems around the world. Their decline means plants could have a harder time finding new habitats as the climate changes. Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/DPA/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Jennifer Potter is a commissioner on Hawaii's Public Utility Commission. She and her colleagues are retooling more than a hundred years of regulatory precedent to get Hawaii's monopoly utility to 100% renewable electricity. Julia Simon for NPR hide caption

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Biden's climate agenda is stalled in Congress. In Hawaii, one key part is going ahead

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The cooling towers at the Stanton Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant, are seen behind a home in Orlando. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty hide caption

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A volunteer helps set up snacks at a cooling center established to help vulnerable residents ride out the second dangerous heat wave to grip the Pacific Northwest last summer, on Aug. 11, 2021. Gillian Flaccus/AP hide caption

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Climeworks factory with it's fans in front of the collector, drawing in ambient air and release it, as largely purified CO2 through ventilators at the back is seen at the Hellisheidi power plant near Reykjavik on October 11, 2021. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trucks cross the Vincent Thomas Bridge above a container ship at the Port of Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2021. Transportation, particularly for moving freight to meet high demand for consumer products, saw the steepest increase in climate-warming emissions in 2021. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions jumped in 2021, a threat to climate goals

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The driver of an electric car handles the charging cable to charge the car at a public charging station in Berlin, Germany. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption

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This photo released by the the National Galapagos Park communications office shows lava from the eruption of Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, on Friday. Wilson Cabrera/National Galapagos Park communications office via AP hide caption

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In this 2013 photo, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini (left) gives a tour of NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate Prediction to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (second from left), Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) (third from right), NOAA Acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (second from right), and Bryan Norcross (right) of the Weather Channel. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Drivers wait for the traffic to be cleared as cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 Tuesday Jan. 4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Va. Close to 48 miles of the Interstate was closed due to ice and snow. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Palm trees stand along Ocean Drive in 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla., where palms make up nearly 60% of the urban tree canopy. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida cities ask: Are there too many palms?

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An employee walks among the cars during the inauguration of a factory that will recondition used cars near Paris, on Nov. 30. Eric Piermont/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Authorities closed a road after power lines came down and homes suffered damage early Sunday, in Hazel Green, Ala. The storms followed a system earlier Saturday which brought a possible tornado and flooding to parts of Kentucky. Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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