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A historical marker commemorates the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island — the most serious in U.S. history. To the left are the cooling towers for the mothballed Unit 2 reactor, which partially melted down. Joanne Cassaro/WITF hide caption

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40 Years After A Partial Nuclear Meltdown, A New Push To Keep Three Mile Island Open

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Prior to 1924, the average lifespan of a light bulb was around 2,500 hours. But in December 1924, a global organization known as the Phoebus Cartel hatched a secret plan to increase sales by bringing the average bulb's lifespan down to just 1,000 hours. This began one of the first known examples of planned obsolescence. Al Barry/Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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Power lines and power-generating windmills rise above the rural landscape on June 13, 2018, near Dwight, Ill. Driven by falling costs, global spending on renewable energy sources like wind and solar is now outpacing investment in electricity from fossil fuels and nuclear power. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Idaho Power says it already gets nearly half its energy from hydroelectric dams such as the Swan Falls Dam on the Snake River, just south of Boise. The utility plans to phase out its use of coal power plants. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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LED lightbulbs have replaced many incandescent ones. Now, the Trump administration wants to reverse an Obama-era rule designed to make a wide array of other lightbulbs more efficient. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Dims Rule On Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

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Daniel and Helen Pemberton support the huge solar farm planned in Spotsylvania County. They already have 40 solar panels in their own yard. Jacob Fenston/WAMU hide caption

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A Battle Is Raging Over The Largest Solar Farm East Of The Rockies

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At Toyota's LFA Works plant in Japan, the automaker manufactures 10 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell cars a day. It has plans to ramp up production. Hiroo Saso hide caption

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Japan Is Betting Big On The Future Of Hydrogen Cars

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Hundreds of schoolchildren take part in a climate protest in Hong Kong Friday. So-called 'school strikes' were planned in more than 100 countries and territories, including the U.S., to protest governments' failure to act against global warming. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Skipping School Around The World To Push For Action On Climate Change

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Pumpjacks like this one dot the desert of southeast New Mexico, as oil and gas companies rush to develop one of the largest oil reserves in the world. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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In Midst Of An Oil Boom, New Mexico Sets Bold New Climate Goals

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Jason Salfi, left, and Dr. David Erickson, right, of Dimensional Energy, are finalists in the Carbon XPRIZE. They stand in front of the Dry Fork Station coal-fired power plant in Gillette, Wyo., where the competition is located. Cooper McKim/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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In Wyoming, A Contest To Capture Carbon And Save Coal

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John Ord of Susquehanna, Pa., loads 40-pound bags of anthracite coal into his car. He's among the fewer than 130,000 households left in the United States that burn coal to heat their homes. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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For The Few Who Heat Homes With Coal, It's Still King

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Most American cars run on gasoline. But analysts say that's poised to change as electric vehicles take over the market, although they disagree on how soon. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As More Electric Cars Arrive, What's The Future For Gas-Powered Engines?

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The Harley-Davidson LiveWire, launching in August, is the American manufacturer's first electric motorcycle. Josh Kurpius/Harley-Davidson hide caption

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Harley-Davidson Embraces A New Sound As It Enters The Electric Era

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