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Post-Coal Cash

Displaced coal miners in the struggling Appalachians are learning beekeeping under a program funded by lawsuits for violations of the Clean Water Act.

Poisoned Pastures

Airborne radiation from nuclear bomb testing in Nevada during the Cold War contaminated pastures throughout the country, leading to 340,000 to 690,000 human deaths from radioactive milk, estimates an economist.

Hatching a Record

At age 68, Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross in a Hawaiian wildlife refuge, gave birth to at least her 30th chick.

Bear Blitz

Confronted with melting ice, about 50 polar bears are roaming the streets and eating from the garbage dumps of a remote military town in Russia.

Skip the Slip

Proposed legislation in California would mandate digital receipts as a way to lower the carbon footprint and endocrine-disrupting effects of paper receipts.

On the Brink

Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies, the numbers of which have plunged by roughly 97 percent in 20 years.

Dim Prospects

A proposed rollback of stricter federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs could cost each household about $100 a year on electric bills.

Beyond Green Burial

It is now legal to compost human remains in the State of Washington, a pioneering process that can lower the carbon footprint of cremation and casket burial.

Muddled Message

New federal rules gut Congressional GMO labeling legislation by exempting foods made with GMO ingredients, allowing 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid full disclosure.

Worldwide Worry

Global leaders ranked “extreme weather” as their top concern, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters” in the 2019 Global Risks Perception Survey.

Over Dose

Two antibiotics commonly used on humans have been given the go-ahead by federal agencies for massive spraying on citrus crops to defeat a bacterial disease called citrus greening.

Fuel Folly

Sixty-five years after the use of nuclear power, the dangers of accumulating nuclear waste in 14 countries are unresolved.

Support Citizen Action Against Plastics

The Sierra Club is organizing a campaign to encourage corporations from participating in the Plastic Industry Association, which has been funding local campaigns that attempt to ban single-use plastic.

Our Planet

Our Planet, an eight-part sequel to the groundbreaking documentary Planet Earth, will showcase the most precious species and fragile habitats.

Healthier Dry Cleaning

To avoid the hazardous chemicals of conventional dry cleaning, consumers can opt for “green” cleaners that use such processes as liquid silicone, “wet cleaning” with non-toxic agents and liquid carbon dioxide.

Balancing Act

More than 75 percent of protected marine mammals and sea turtles are growing in number, thanks to the Endangered Species Act.

Poles Apart

With the recent years of record-breaking temperatures, both the North Pole and South Pole are melting at alarming levels, say scientists.

Eco Fill-up

Swedish scientists are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, converts into a new isomer that theoretically can be released later to heat a household.

Fake Foliage

A new artificial photosynthesis system named Bionic Leaf 2.0 is ten times as efficient as normal plant photosynthesis at converting solar energy to biomass.

Shocking Development

Oil companies are using seismic airguns to find offshore oil and gas deposits from New England to Florida, killing marine wildlife, harming commercial fisheries and disrupting coastal economies.

Wave This

A new planetary flag designed by a Swedish student shows seven rings intertwined on a deep-sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle.

Techno Timber

A new, lightweight synthetic wood made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs, can withstand fire and water damage.

Transcendental Meditations

Some Buddhist meditators can willfully induce mystical near-death experiences that typically occur only in people close to actual or perceived death.

Spring Decluttering

Getting rid of the old can by done step by step, opening up space not only in our closets but in our psyches.

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