Collier and Lee Counties Edition
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Prohibiting Plastic

Prohibiting Plastic

From Tasmania to San Francisco to Morocco, governments are moving against pollution and trash by banning plastic shopping bags, water bottles and even microbeads.

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Big Squeeze

Big Squeeze

A laser-guided vehicle in use in China slides under a vehicle, lifts it up and squeezes it into the tightest of parking spaces in about two minutes.

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Itchy Ivy

Itchy Ivy

Lurking almost anywhere, poison ivy can cause nasty reactions if we come into contact with it—but natural treatments can soothe the itching and blistering.

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Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor

Fish, seabirds, penguins, and seals have a new safe haven in the southern Indian Ocean with the French expansion of its protected reserve from 8,000 to 46,000 square miles.

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Turtle Turnaround

Turtle Turnaround

A drive to increase public awareness of turtle-friendly practices seems to be paying off with record numbers of successful hatchlings on beaches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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Cycling Chicago

Cycling Chicago

With 100 miles of new bike lanes already, Chicago is now moving to build floating, solar-powered paths along the Chicago River to create an auto-free commute.

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Balloon Doom

Balloon Doom

The helium balloons released into the sky at special events often come down in ocean waters, where they damage the digestive tracts of fish, dolphins, whales and sea turtles.

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Eco IKEA

Eco IKEA

Ikea’s new line of “no waste” products includes cabinet doors made partly of recycled plastic bottles, a chair made of recycled plastic and wood, and vases made of recycled glass.

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Choo Choo Breakthrough

Choo Choo Breakthrough

All of the electric trains in the Netherlands are now running on energy generated by wind turbines, transmitted via high-voltage power lines.

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Airbnb Battle

Airbnb Battle

Airbnb, an economic lifeline for many of its hosts, is encountering legal pushbacks from hotels concerned about the competition and from cities concerned that it removes affordable housing from the market.

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