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Petroleum-FreeMany grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though...

Tree TerminatorsIn a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an...

Dirty DrivingWhen air pollution blanketed Paris for three days, authorities called it the worst bout in 10 years and made public transit free. For the fourth time in...

Water SaverKiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to...

Butterfly RescueWe watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases...

Junior AchievementThe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation (TODASTW) is holding its annual national event on April 27, offering new toolkits and activity guides based on...

Clean JeansKids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by...

Bag BanCalifornia’s ongoing ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, approved by 52 percent of voters, is setting a...

Toxic CropsIn the nation’s produce basket, some California water districts are knowingly selling oilfield wastewater to farmers, putting a huge portion o...

Raw HideResearchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with...

Heave HoAbandoned and lost fishing gear such as traps, crab pots and nets litter the ocean floor in coastal areas worldwide, continuing to...

Free FuelScientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, report that they have finally unlocked a major barrier to...

Laundry ListFollowing eco-friendly laundry tips can save on energy, water usage and utility bills, making it good for both the planet and the bank account. The laundry results, too, may be...

Watch the BirdieZachary Crockett, of Pricenomics.com, has found that since 2014, 49 people were killed in attempts to take pictures of themselves with wild creatures. Although there are no statistics...

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