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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 7: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gives the thumbs up as he leaves the Senate Chamber after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol August 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The Inflation Reduction Act includes tax credits for residential solar and battery storage systems, along with other measures aimed at encouraging individuals to cut their carbon emissions. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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3 ways the Inflation Reduction Act would pay you to help fight climate change

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The Beluga whale swims in the lock of Notre Dame de la Garenne in Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne, west of Paris, France, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. During Wednesday's rescue operation, the dangerously thin animal began to have breathing difficulties, and experts decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize the creature. Aurelien Morissard/AP hide caption

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Since May, authorities have now uncovered four sets of human remains at Lake Mead, as the country's largest reservoir deals with extremely low water levels. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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This photo supplied by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) shows diseased corals at a reef in the Cairns/Cooktown on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, April 27, 2017. N. Mattocks/AP hide caption

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A band of wild horses on a mountainside near the Soda Mountain Wilderness area. Photo Courtesy of: Wild Horse Fire Brigade - a non-profit organization hide caption

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Photo Courtesy of: Wild Horse Fire Brigade - a non-profit organization

Wild Horses Could Keep Wildfire At Bay

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Researchers caught a Greenland shark off the coast of Belize in April, the first reported sighting of the species in the western Caribbean. The shark is typically found in the Arctic and at depths of up to 7,000 feet below the ocean surface. Devanshi Kasana hide caption

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The Connecticut-based Edgewell Personal Care Company said some samples of the Banana Boat Hair & Scalp Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 contained trace amounts of the cancer-causing chemical benzene. Edgewell Personal Care hide caption

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Mauna Kea is considered sacred to Native Hawaiians. It also happens to be ideal for observatories. Andrew Richard Hara/W. M. Keck Observatory hide caption

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Austin Acocella, co-owner of Acocella Landscaping in Westchester County, N.Y., is holding onto his gas-powered mowers. He says electric ride-ons are too expensive for him to switch right now. Matthew Schuerman hide caption

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Professional landscapers are reluctant to plug into electric mowers due to cost

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The delicious but endangered sea creature is getting the best help Aquilino can offer. Chad Campbell hide caption

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Behind this locked door is the white abalone's best chance of avoiding extinction

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin struck a deal to include energy and climate spending in a party-line reconciliation bill. Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Climate experts experience an odd sensation after the Manchin budget deal: optimism

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Many Western states lack building codes that require wildfire-resistant materials, but a new study shows the cost can be minimal. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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On left, the classic green Sprite bottle. On the right, the new clear bottle. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images; The Coca-Cola Co. hide caption

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Sprite ditches its iconic green bottle — but environmentalists say it's not enough

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