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Green Surfing

Ecosia, a German Internet search engine, has planted more than 52 million trees in the last 10 years by diverting its advertising revenue to funding new trees worldwide.

Aqua Breakthrough

Chinese scientists have used ultraviolet light and graphitic carbon nitride to purify two and a half gallons of water in one hour.

Far Out

The outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere has been newly determined to reach out much farther than the moon.

Baby Balking

The U.S. birthrate has been falling steadily, partly because prospective parents are worried about the increased frequency and intensity of storm, drought and wildfires, as well as about growing geopolitical unrest and resource scarcity.

Revamping Recycling

China, a major importer of recycled waste, is rejecting shipments contaminated by greasy pizza boxes, polyethylene-lined disposable coffee cups, and plastics like yogurt cups and butter tubs.

Action Alert

The Cabin Air Safety Act seeks to protect airline passengers and crew from toxic fumes that can occur when engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids or ozone is sucked through jet engines into the aircraft cabin.

Hopper Stopper

Almost two million acres of California mountain habitat will remain a protected area for endangered frogs and toads after a federal court dismissed a cattlemen’s lawsuit challenging the designation.

Mold Matters

Toxic mold caused by heavy rains, leaky pipes, and high humidity can be removed with natural products like vinegar and tea tree oil, but extensive mold growth is best remediated by professionals using “green” cleaning methods.

3-D Meat

A researcher has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat and can be produced using a 3-D printer to mimic the texture of beef or chicken.

Norwegian Nudge

Norway recycles a whopping 97 percent of its plastic bottles by making bottle deposit returns simpler, and rewarding participating companies with lower taxes.

Post-Coal Cash

Displaced coal miners in the struggling Appalachians are learning beekeeping under a program funded by lawsuits for violations of the Clean Water Act.

Poisoned Pastures

Airborne radiation from nuclear bomb testing in Nevada during the Cold War contaminated pastures throughout the country, leading to 340,000 to 690,000 human deaths from radioactive milk, estimates an economist.

Hatching a Record

At age 68, Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross in a Hawaiian wildlife refuge, gave birth to at least her 30th chick.

Bear Blitz

Confronted with melting ice, about 50 polar bears are roaming the streets and eating from the garbage dumps of a remote military town in Russia.

Skip the Slip

Proposed legislation in California would mandate digital receipts as a way to lower the carbon footprint and endocrine-disrupting effects of paper receipts.

On the Brink

Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies, the numbers of which have plunged by roughly 97 percent in 20 years.

Dim Prospects

A proposed rollback of stricter federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs could cost each household about $100 a year on electric bills.

Beyond Green Burial

It is now legal to compost human remains in the State of Washington, a pioneering process that can lower the carbon footprint of cremation and casket burial.

Muddled Message

New federal rules gut Congressional GMO labeling legislation by exempting foods made with GMO ingredients, allowing 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid full disclosure.

Worldwide Worry

Global leaders ranked “extreme weather” as their top concern, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters” in the 2019 Global Risks Perception Survey.

Over Dose

Two antibiotics commonly used on humans have been given the go-ahead by federal agencies for massive spraying on citrus crops to defeat a bacterial disease called citrus greening.

Fuel Folly

Sixty-five years after the use of nuclear power, the dangers of accumulating nuclear waste in 14 countries are unresolved.

Support Citizen Action Against Plastics

The Sierra Club is organizing a campaign to encourage corporations from participating in the Plastic Industry Association, which has been funding local campaigns that attempt to ban single-use plastic.

Our Planet

Our Planet, an eight-part sequel to the groundbreaking documentary Planet Earth, will showcase the most precious species and fragile habitats.

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