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Join in a Climate Strike Event

People have been conducting strikes as a method of demanding change for many years.

Sustainable Scrubbing

Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and breast cancer.

Cetacean Liberation

Canada’s Parliament recently passed legislation banning the practice of breeding and keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.

Growing Pains

Cultivation throughout the U.S. is becoming more difficult because of unpredictable weather patterns, leading to higher prices and lowered productivity.

Cola Quandary

Vietnam is among the biggest contributors to plastic waste in the ocean, and Suntory Holdings, a giant Japanese beverage company, has joined its rivals Coca-Cola and Nestlé to encourage new recycling strategies to fend off such actions as the European Union’s move toward outlawing single-use plastic items.

Whale Wipe-Out

More than 160 dead gray whales have washed up on the Pacific Coast this year, including onto beaches in Canada, Mexico and Alaska, and scientists estimate that they represent just 10 percent of the total number of the dead, with the rest sinking into the sea.

Trees Please

The Amazon Rain Forest continues to lose habitat for animals and plants by clear cutting practices that add to the burden of climate change.

Brainy Beasts

According to a new report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elephants have such sensitive olfactory discrimination that they can determine different amounts of food just by sniffing it.

Breathing Risk

In the U.S., air pollution in general worsened markedly across the country between 2015 and 2017, probably due to rising temperatures, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2019 report.

Deathly Air

Toxic air is killing more people in Europe than tobacco smoking, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal.

Hot Topic

Interest in regenerative agriculture, which stores more carbon dioxide in the soil, is growing so fast that 250 soil health bills have been introduced in legislative bodies in the last two years.

Coral Care

To fight the rapid decline of coral species, the Center for Biological Diversity is filing a lawsuit seeking protective action by the federal government under the Endangered Species Act.

Moon Rocks

Seismometers deployed by NASA astronauts half a century ago have picked up surprising “moonquakes” on our 4.6-billion-year-old moon.

Fluorescent Findings

A new study found that fluorescent lights increase inflammation in the tissues and organs of animals.

Bagging It

The use of plastic bags in the Empire State—23 billion a year that mostly end up in landfills and waterways—will become illegal in March.

Floating Solar

Installing floating solar panels on only a quarter of U.S. manmade reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of national energy needs.

Bad Air

Air pollution not only shortens lives, it makes psychotic experiences during adolescence more likely, new research shows.

Tiny Flossers

A University of Pennsylvania scientific team has designed microscopic robots that can precisely and non-invasively remove teeth plaque.

Copper Conflict

Strong opposition is building against the federal approval of a massive copper mine in the midst of sacred indigenous land in Arizona that would have severe environmental impacts.

Eco-Camping

We can minimize our impact on nature while still enjoying it by using such strategies as buying tents made of recycled materials, forgoing single-use plastics, and packing our trash out instead of burning it.

Wonder Weed

Hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety of cannabis, is cleaning nuclear radiation, cadmium, lead and mercury from toxic sites.

Too Blue

More than half of the surface area of the planet’s oceans may turn slightly bluer as marine phytoplankton disappear due to seawater warming.

Dangerous Dozen

Strawberries head the latest list of the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residues; avocados top the clean list.

Alarm Sounded

Following the UK governments of Wales and Scotland, the Republic of Ireland has declared a climate emergency that may lead to limits on oil and gas exploration and other measures.

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