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Reality checking EPA’s climate report

A factory emits smoke
A factory in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency released an annual report Wednesday that concludes 2016 greenhouse gas emissions are 2% lower than the previous year and 11% lower than 2005.

What they're saying: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Twitter that the report's findings aren't a result of the Obama administration’s "top-down" regulations, like a rule that cuts carbon emissions from power plants or the "misguided" 2015 Paris climate deal. Instead, Pruitt said “American ingenuity and tech breakthroughs have made US the world leader in energy dominance while reducing emissions.”

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How the world's inventory of nuclear weapons grew — then shrunk again

There are 85% fewer nuclear warheads in the world today than there were during the peak of the Cold War, but proliferation continues to be a threat with newer, younger powers like North Korea adding weapons to their arsenals.

A look at where things stand...

Data: Federation of American Scientists; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios