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Cows watch birds fly past at Harris Cattle Ranch in Coalinga in the Central Valley, California, United States May 6, 2015. It takes 150 gallons of water to make a 1/3 pounder hamburger according to the U.S. Geological Survey. California ranks as the top farm state by annual value of agricultural products, most of which are produced in the Central Valley, the vast, fertile region stretching 450 miles (720 km) north-sound from Redding to Bakersfield. California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. Urban users will be hardest hit, even though they account for only 20 percent of state water consumption, while the state's massive agricultural sector, which the Public Policy Institute of California says uses 80 percent of human-related consumption, has been exempted. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson - RTX1BVDO

Beef industry looks to slim down its carbon footprint

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After facing significant public scrutiny in recent years, the beef industry is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint. Continue reading

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) sits with French President Francois Hollande (R) during a dinner with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2ndR), French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal (3rdR)  and French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius (2ndL) at the Ambroisie restaurant in Paris, France, November 30, 2015. Obama is in France for a two-day visit as part of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21).   REUTERS/Thibault Camus/Pool  - RTX1WKF3

World leaders meet to address climate change

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Talks began in Paris, France this week as leaders from more than 150 countries gathered to discuss how to reduce the effects of climate change. Continue reading

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Is there a solution to global warming?

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The year 2014 ranked as Earth’s hottest in 135 years of record-keeping and 2015 looks even hotter, prompting experts from both scientific and economic backgrounds to search for potential ways to address rising temperatures and ocean levels. Continue reading

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Police officers watch as a demonstrator holds a sign in front of a north Minneapolis police precinct during a protest in response of Sunday's shooting death of Jamar Clark by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 18, 2015. Minnesota officials on Wednesday identified the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man as chanting demonstrators surrounded a key police station.     REUTERS/Craig Lassig - RTS7ULH

Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder of black teenager

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A seventeen-year-old black teenager was shot 16 times by a white police officer in October of last year for allegedly puncturing a police car’s tire with a folding knife. Continue reading

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Storytelling helps young English learners grow

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Young children from families newly arrived in the United States often do not speak English at home, making it harder for them to learn. Continue reading

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