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Veggie Doctors

Hospitals should add healthy vegetarian options and remove processed meats like bacon and ham from their menus, advises the American College of Cardiology.

Meatless Millennials

Millennials must be “inspired and coached” to eat more animal products, a speaker advised the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit in North Carolina.

Eco Pesticide

A new aerosol pheromone biopesticide interrupts the mating cycle of an insect that invades citrus groves without killing the insect or harming other pollinators.

Wellness Works

Corporate wellness programs sharply reduced absenteeism, sick leave, workers compensation and disability costs, a 2016 meta-analysis found.

Recycling Crusade

Recycling efforts are being expanded and technologically updated in cities that include San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Crackdown Needed

Glyphosate, a Monsanto herbicide linked in studies to several cancers, has been detected in 10 of 24 breakfast foods, including eggs, oatmeal and coffee creamer.

Plumbing Progress

An innovative Australian project recycles discarded ocean plastic into 3-D printer filament, which is then used to make replacement plumbing parts in needy areas of the world.

Recreate Comfort

Bringing eco-awareness to furniture can mean everything from buying something that’s vintage or made from sustainably harvested sources to DIY reupholstering with fabric remnants.

Urban Trees

Tree cover works to reduce depression, improve productivity and lessen disease, yet four million city trees a year are being lost due to their low priority in municipal budgets.

Cigarette Cutback

Increasing prices for tobacco products by 5 percent reduced tobacco use by 3.5 percent, a recent study found.

Robot Roomies

Emerging technologies may provide mental enrichment, fun, companionship and health reminders to the many seniors that live alone.

Tree Tally

By digitalizing photographs and other museum records, scientists are closing in on the number of tree species left to be discovered in the Amazon rainforest.

Animal Smarts

Scientists are discovering that chimps anticipate events, zebrafish form friendships, and birds guide humans hunting for beehives.

Senior Sisterhood

Cohousing developments for older women are being created in the United Kingdom and United States to replace retirement homes that encourage dependency.

Tiny Baubles

As many as 51 trillion particles of discarded plastic lie on the ocean floor, threatening marine life globally.

Erase E-Waste

Instead of trashing or trading in old smartphones and other electronics, you can donate them to worthy causes that either give them away or recycle them.

Wine Worry

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide glyphosate, which harms both soil and human health, has been found in 10 of 10 California wines tested, including organic ones.

Faster Rescues

Artificial intelligence is helping scientists to track and manage wildlife and to rescue people trapped by floods and earthquakes.

Landfill Eulogy

Sweden’s waste-to-energy plants are so efficient that it has closed many landfills and actually imports trash to burn from other European countries.

Humpback Holler

Humpback whales that leap out of the water are making a big splash to communicate with distant pods, Australian researchers have found.

Pedestrian Power

Las Vegas has arranged to install some streetlights that will be powered by pedestrians walking on kinetic energy pads on the sidewalk.

Window Pain

As many as one billion migrating birds die annually when they collide with glass windows in the United States.

Get Outside

REI, the outdoor outfitter, is closing its stores on Black Friday and urging Americans to hit the trail instead of the shopping mall that day.

Oil Spoil

Thrown-out cooking grease can suffocate animals, befoul shorelines and clog water treatment plants, but disposing of it properly protects both the environment and home plumbing.

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