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Tuna Turnaround

Levels of toxic mercury in Atlantic Bluefin tuna declined 19 percent between 2004 and 2012, a drop that scientists attribute to a shift from coal to natural gas and renewable energy.

Buzzing RoboBees

Harvard researchers have invented tiny robotic bees that may be able to eventually pollinate the crops that are under threat because of vanishing bee colonies.

Nature Rights

New Zealand and India have granted the legal status of personhood to vital rivers, forwarding an international movement that seeks to protect precious natural resources from corporate domination.

Last Call

Endangered species may lose their federal protection if some Republican senators from western states succeed in taking the teeth out of the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973.

Species Die-Off

Species of rhinoceros, tortoise, treefrog and leopard are among those verified as having disappeared forever as of 2016.

Robot Janitors

Solar- and hydro-powered trash robots are sucking up plastic, Styrofoam and other debris from Baltimore’s harbor, and the waste is used to generate electricity.

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.

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