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Sunny Success

Investors worldwide invested more in solar power than in any other single energy technology in 2017.

Hopeful Sign

The Humane Society and other groups succeeded in lobbying Congress’s 2018 budgetary process to preserve protection for wild horses and burros, wolves and puppies in mills.

Flower Power

British farmers are planting wildflowers to understand if the presence of pest-eating insects can make their use of pesticide a last rather than first resort.

Pipeline Slowdown

The controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been delayed after the builder missed a tree-cutting deadline required for bird and bat protection.

Action Alert

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the regulatory weakening of a 100-year-old federal law that protects songbirds and others from electrical power lines, towers, buildings and other manmade hazards.

After Plastic

As leading industries turn their attention to adopt sustainable principles, engineers and inventors are developing product packaging bioplastics that readily degrade.

Green Shoes

Living an eco-lifestyle extends to the shoes on our feet, with strategies that include better maintenance, eco-friendly materials and sustainability-savvy shoemakers.

Parrot Prosthetics

Using 3-D printers, veterinarians have fashioned a new leg for an injured parrot and engineers have devised a flipper for an endangered sea turtle.

Climate Consensus

Scientists are warning that if humans don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain natural carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on Earth’s climate will be catastrophic.

Literacy Project

The singer celebrated her foundation’s donation of 100 million books to children around the world with a reading at the Library of Congress.

Plog On

Plogging, Sweden’s latest fitness craze, is catching on in Europe and the U.S., as joggers not only clean up trash but also burn more calories in the process.

Hyperloop Hyper-Speed

Plans are underway in Europe for a vacuum-tube mode of transport capable of zooming people and freight safely overland at 700 miles per hour.

Big Melt

A thaw over the tip of the planet this year warmed the surface of the North Pole as high as 35 degrees—a once-rare event that has occurred during four of the last five winters.

Sinking City

By factoring in the settling of artificial landfill as water aquifers empty, scientists now estimate that 166 square miles of land around the bay is in jeopardy of being underwater by 2100.

Rethinking Toiletries

It’s easy to load up on pricey personal care products that ultimately get little use, but a few key strategies can simplify daily life as well lower expenses and waste.

Meat Menace

New data shows that emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with three large meat producers emitting as much as some oil companies.

Loving It

McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end, and Dunkin’ Donuts is phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups.

In Vitro Corals

Frustrated by vanishing reefs, scientists are fertilizing coral sperm and eggs in labs and returning them to the wild.

Algae Alchemy

Two Dutch designers are processing live algae into material that can be used for 3-D printing of such items as shampoo bottles and trash bins.

Pooch Patrol

Thailand’s stray dogs could become community watches with a new “smart vest” that transmits videos of what a barking dog sees.

Man-Made Meat

Pet food being grown in a start-up laboratory would slash land use by 99 percent and produce 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Big Save

A massive pioneering program in Brazil will protect more than 231,000 square miles in the Amazon River basin by tying local economies to conservation measures.

Natural Pools

Natural pools, which may be built of stone and clay and filtered with aquatic plants, turn out to be both eco-friendly and price competitive compared to conventional swimming pools.

Lower Overhead

Cincinnati has purchased 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal buildings through at least 2021, cutting its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually.
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