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The Baltimore Gas and Electric Fitzell substation in Edgemere, Md., is about a year old and was built so that it can eventually be modified to provide more capacity. Ian Morton for NPR hide caption

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The biggest problem facing the U.S. electric grid isn't demand. It's climate change

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A car is submerged by floodwaters on a portion of I-94 in Detroit, several days after heavy rains flooded parts of the city in June. Matthew Hatcher/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Detroit homes are being overwhelmed by flooding — and it's not just water coming in

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Sailboats used by smugglers to transport migrants and refugees are beached on Le Cannelle beach in Isola Capo Rizzuto, Calabria region, Southern Italy, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Janis Elliott lives in the unincorporated Iowa town of Avon. She put a reverse osmosis system in her home after she found nitrate levels almost double the EPA health standard. Clay Masters/Iowa Public Radio hide caption

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Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country

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Nyayua Thang, 62, left, stands waist-deep in the floodwaters in front of an abandoned primary school in South Sudan. Members of her village, displaced by extreme flooding as a result of heavy rainfall, are using the building as a refuge. Only small mud dikes at the entrance of the door are keeping the water out. (November 2020) Peter Caton for Action Against Hunger hide caption

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Motorists fill up their vehicles at a Shell station on July 22 in Denver. Phasing out the sale of gas-powered cars once seemed laughable. It's now inching closer to reality. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Giving up gas-powered cars was a fringe idea. It's now on its way to reality

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Sea levels in Guyana are rising several times faster than the global average. High tides sometimes spill over the seawall that is meant to protect the coastline. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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Two Sides Of Guyana: A Green Champion And An Oil Producer

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A supply ship sits anchored next to the Chevron Corp. Jack/St. Malo deepwater oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in May 2018. The Biden administration is auctioning millions of acres of the Gulf for oil and gas lease sales. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The ringed antpipit (corythopis torquatus) was among the 77 species examined in the recent study. Majority World/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption

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Amazon birds are shrinking as the climate warms, prompting warning from scientists

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This year, the garden produced more than 8,000 pounds of produce, while the panels above generate enough power for 300 local homes. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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This Colorado 'solar garden' is literally a farm under solar panels

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Last minute resistance at the COP26 summit over efforts to phase out coal left many countries disappointed, but the agreement still marked new progress. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Brianna Fruean, a Samoan member of the Pacific Climate Warriors, speaks at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images hide caption

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Climate activists demonstrate at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday. Negotiators from almost 200 nations were making a fresh push to reach agreement on a series of key issues. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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Teafua Tanu is an islet of Tokelau used by residents of Fakaofo atoll as a Catholic cemetery. Over the past two decades, the territory of Tokelau has proved extremely vulnerable to climate change and rising sea levels owing, partly, to its being a small land mass surrounded by ocean, and its location in a region prone to natural disasters. Vlad Sokhin hide caption

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Youth climate activists protest on Thursday that representatives of the fossil fuel industry have been allowed inside the venue during the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow. Alastair Grant/AP hide caption

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The fossil fuel industry turned out in force at COP26. So did climate activists

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Delegates attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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These researchers are trying to stop misinformation from derailing climate progress

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In 2017, Hurricane Maria damaged 90% of the housing stock on the Caribbean island of Dominica. The country was still recovering from two extreme storms over the previous two years. AFP Contributor/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks at the COP26 summit during a joint U.S.-China statement on a declaration enhancing climate action. Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. and China announce surprise climate agreement at COP26 summit

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Activists dressed as debt collectors hold cutouts of the leaders of the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK and Italy in front of the International Monetary Fund headquarters in Washington, D.C., last month to ask rich nations to keep their financial commitment to developing countries to tackle climate change. Pedro Ugarte/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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