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Salt deposits float as the mountains are reflected in a lithium brine evaporation pool at Silver Peak lithium mine in Silver Peak, Nev. on Oct. 6, 2022. Bridget Bennett for NPR hide caption

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High demand and prices for lithium send mines into overdrive

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Workers wait to get off an elevator at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Three Takeaways From The COP27 Climate Conference

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Logging in the recently liberated areas West of Izium is dangerous and punishable by fines. Unexploded ordnance litters the ground. But some loggers take the risk for the opportunity to harvest and deliver the wood to people who need heat. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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How Russia is weaponizing the Ukrainian winter

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More money, more carbon?

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Climate activists at the United Nations climate conference in Egypt call for money to pay for loss and damage from global warming in low-income countries. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Signs like this one, spotted Oct. 26, 2022, are all over northern Gaston County, N.C., near where Piedmont Lithium wants to build a 1,500-acre lithium mining and processing operation. David Boraks/WFAE hide caption

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A proposed lithium mine presents a climate versus environment conflict

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Workers at a coal mine in Ukraine start their shifts. Russia's invasion of Ukraine disrupted global supplies of fossil fuels and led to more reliance on coal for electricity in some countries. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Former US Vice President Al Gore speaks during the TRACE Greenhouse Gas Inventory launch at the plenary hall during the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27. Gehad Hamdy/dpa/Picture Alliance via Getty hide caption

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United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said in Egypt that he knows carbon markets have gotten a bad reputation but that strong safeguards would make the U.S. program different. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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At this year's U.N. climate conference, a major focus is boosting investment in developing countries. Experts say renewable energy projects like this wind farm in South Africa can be attractive to private investors. Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Investors have trillions to fight climate change. Developing nations get little of it

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Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, prime minister of Pakistan, listens to speeches during the conference. He took the stage today, as well, explaining the impact of catastrophic flooding in Pakistan this summer. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Heavy rain caused floods in northeastern Thailand in October 2022. Millions of people around the world would benefit from more timely and accurate warnings about climate-driven extreme weather such as floods and heat waves. A new United Nations initiative plans to spend $3.1 billion on such early warning systems. Sukanya Buontha/AP hide caption

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A tuktuk drives during a sandstorm in Somalia in April. The United Nations says a multi-year drought in East Africa is evidence of "mounting and ever-increasing climate risks." Sally Hayden/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty hide caption

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Money will likely be the central tension in the U.N.'s COP27 climate negotiations

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The José Antonio Anzoátegui industrial park for crude oil and petrochemicals in Anzoátegui state, Venezuela, on March 17. DPA / Picture Alliance / Getty Images hide caption

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People wade through floodwaters in Pakistan after heavy monsoon rains this summer. Scientists say climate change helped drive the deadly floods. Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Countries hit hardest by climate change need much more money to prepare, U.N. says

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Miles Hatfield at his Kentucky home, which he had to abandon after it was flooded by runoff from an old coal mine. Kristian Thacker for Bloomberg Green hide caption

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How big coal companies avoid cleaning up their messes

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