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FILE - Parents and children wait outside the Riverside Public School in Elmira, N.Y., on July 1, 1953, to get the polio vaccine, due to the rise in infantile paralysis in Chemung and Steuben Counties. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the polio virus was detected in wastewater samples collected in June 2022 from Rockland County outside New York City. An unvaccinated adult recently contracted the life-threatening disease, but health officials said Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, they have not identified additional cases. (AP Photo/Paul E. Thomson, File)

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Every year, the fins of as many as 73 million sharks are sliced from the backs of the majestic sea predators, their bleeding bodies sometimes dumped back into the ocean where they are left to suffocate or die of blood loss. But while the barbaric practice is driven by China, where shark fin soup is a symbol of status for the rich and powerful, America’s seafood industry isn’t immune from the trade. A spate of recent criminal indictments highlights how U.S. companies, taking advantage of a patchwork of federal and state laws, are supplying a market for fins that activists say is as reprehensible as the now-illegal trade in elephant ivory once was.

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Fisherman Francesco Zago works cleaning clams on a boat in Pila, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea which the Po River feeds into, early Friday, July 29, 2022. Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salt levels in Italy's largest delta, and it's killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy's culinary specialties. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Fishers work gathering clams in Pila, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea which the Po River feeds into, early Friday, July 29, 2022. Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salt levels in Italy's largest delta. It's killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy's culinary specialties. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salt levels in Italy’s largest delta, where the mighty Po River feeds into the Adriatic Sea south of Venice. It’s killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy’s culinary specialties. The impact may be more lasting, as saltwater is leaching inland distances never before recorded, seeping into aquifers. Plants along the banks of the Po River are wilting as they drink in water from salinated aquifers and secondary waterways have dried up, shrinking amphibians and birds’ wetland homes.

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Fisherman Francesco Zago works on a boat in Pila, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea which the Po River feeds into, Friday, July 29, 2022. Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salt levels in Italy's largest delta, and it's killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy's culinary specialties. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Fishers work cleaning clams on a boat in Pila, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea which the Po River feeds into, early Friday, July 29, 2022. Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salt levels in Italy's largest delta, and it's killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy's culinary specialties. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Fishers work gathering clams in Pila, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea which the Po River feeds into, Friday, July 29, 2022. Drought and unusually hot weather have raised the salt levels in Italy's largest delta, and it's killing rice fields along with the shellfish that are a key ingredient in one of Italy's culinary specialties. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Fisherman Francesco Zago show dead clams and algae collected on a box as he works on a boat in Pila, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea which the Po River feeds into, Friday, July 29, 2022. At least one-third of the stock of prized double-valve clams raised in the Po Delta have died due to high temperatures and salty water, which is also killing off plants in nearby paddies and putting at risk this year’s harvest. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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Rodolfo Laurenti, Deputy Director of the Remediation Consortium of the Po River, checks the salinity of the river, at a desalination barrier in Porto Tolle, Italy, on the Delta river, Friday, July 29, 2022. The amount of water entering the delta from the Po River is at an all-time low. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)