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BILLINGS, Mont. — Climate change in the western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

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From putting up solar panels to changing the frequency of trash pickup, Frederick County and several of its municipalities have made progress on sustainability issues to affect climate change, but more work needs to be done, according to local officials.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska’s northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.

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Toxic algae blooms like one that prompted a recent drinking water advisory in Salem, Oregon, are happening more often and lasting longer across the U.S. Researchers say the trend represents another impact of global warming and raises looming questions about the effects on human health.