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Pesticide Peril

An astonishing 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by the widespread use of malathion and chlopyrifos on farm crops, yet the new Environmental Protection Agency administration just declined to ban chlopyrifos.

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.

Saving Sharks

With 30 percent of shark species threatened with extinction, island nations are establishing bans on shark fishing in surrounding waters.

Dirty Driving

From Paris to Athens to Seattle, cities are struggling to counter vehicular pollution with car-free days and other strategies.

Tree Terminators

From New England to the West Coast, forests are under attack from an army of invasive insects that may eat several native tree species to extinction.

Water Saver

A South African girl has designed a super-absorbent polymer made of recycled avocado skins and orange peels that can store reserves of water hundreds of time its own weight.

Toxic Crops

At least two water districts in California’s Central Valley are selling oilfield wastewater to farmers, threatening the safety of Americans’ food supply.

Heave Ho

More than 640,000 tons of traps, crab pots, nets and other fishing gear litter the ocean floor worldwide, trapping and killing marine life.

Veggie Tales

Listen well. Australian scientists have found that plants communicate underground through series of clicks, sometimes in frequencies audible to the human ear.

Smog Begone

As the world’s eighth-largest economy, California is throwing its weight behind greenhouse-gas reduction by setting ambitious 2030 goals and putting 1.5 million zero-emission state cars on the road.

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