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Protecting PollinatorsMaryland is the first state in the nation to pass strict restrictions on pesticides thought to be responsible for significant reductions in bee populations with enactment of its...

Airline AirAerotoxic syndrome is the medical term for the illness caused by exposure to contaminated air in jet aircraft, and it’s causing...

Eat SaferAlthough food manufacturers have pledged to voluntarily eliminate bisphenol A (BPA)—an endocrine disruptor linked to...

Lobster LiberationA handful of monks from the Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society living on Canada’s Prince Edward Island spent a day...

Smog BegoneCalifornia lawmakers have enacted a bill that aims to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by...

Reforesting IndiaIndian officials report that volunteers planted more than 49 million trees on a single day in 2016, surpassing the 2013 world record of...

Bird BuffetFeeding wild birds helps fuel them and provides viewing pleasure, yet a communal feeder may hold hidden...

Ocean Watch2016 was a mixed year for whales and dolphins and by extension, humans. Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle states the importance of ocean health this way: “With every...

Bye-Bye BirdiesThe 2016 annual Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count in February and a report compiled by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative show that more than a third of all...

Good MoveChinese officials have announced dietary guidelines designed to reduce the country’s meat consumption by...

Extinction ScenarioThe UK-based nonprofit Global Challenges Foundation’s annual report on global catastrophic risk has found that the risk of human...

Solar SidewalkMissouri is rolling out a set of energy-generating photovoltaic pavers along a section of the iconic Route 66 highway in a sidewalk pilot...

Greening PlanetThe study Greening of the Earth and its Drivers, published by an international team in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows significant...

Wise WoodsmenThe Norwegian Parliament Standing Committee on Energy and Environment has pledged that the government will follow a deforestation-free...

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