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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.

Turtle Turnaround

A drive to increase public awareness of turtle-friendly practices seems to be paying off with record numbers of successful hatchlings on beaches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Cycling Chicago

With 100 miles of new bike lanes already, Chicago is now moving to build floating, solar-powered paths along the Chicago River to create an auto-free commute.

Balloon Doom

The helium balloons released into the sky at special events often come down in ocean waters, where they damage the digestive tracts of fish, dolphins, whales and sea turtles.

Eco IKEA

Ikea’s new line of “no waste” products includes cabinet doors made partly of recycled plastic bottles, a chair made of recycled plastic and wood, and vases made of recycled glass.

Choo Choo Breakthrough

All of the electric trains in the Netherlands are now running on energy generated by wind turbines, transmitted via high-voltage power lines.

Airbnb Battle

Airbnb, an economic lifeline for many of its hosts, is encountering legal pushbacks from hotels concerned about the competition and from cities concerned that it removes affordable housing from the market.

Planting Progress

It’s now legal to swap and collect seeds in California, making it the fourth state to loosen 80-year-old industrial regulations that hamper non-commercial seed libraries.

Greener Diapers

About 7.4 billion pounds of dirty plastic baby diapers pile up in landfills each year, yet cloth diapers offer clear environmental and cost advantages and even help with potty training.

Stand Up

Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to call on leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest.

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Digital Edition

Click on the cover image to read the digital version of the May issue of  Natural Awakenings  that allows you to turn pages like the print edition.

 

 

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