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Really Natural

An emerging standard in organic labeling will distinguish produce grown in hydroponic conditions from that grown in soil.

Dumping Disincentive

Under pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean.

End Game

An authoritative list of declining plant, mammal, bird, amphibian and marine species includes 5,583 considered “critically endangered.”

Plastic Pushback

The Bahamas is joining such countries as Antigua, Belize, Kenya and the United Kingdom in moving to ban plastics linked to marine litter.

Teeny Town

By designing and building a $75,000 tiny modular home, the University of Southern Indiana wants to demonstrate how independent living can be made accessible for people of many ages and abilities.

Soybean Slowdown

A regulatory crackdown in China on GMO imports has led to delays at Chinese ports and a search by U.S. farmers for alternative markets.

Breathe Easier

Germany’s second-largest city is restricting diesel-powered vehicle from portions of two major streets, with exemptions for new, cleaner models.

Roundup Rebuke

A California groundskeeper who charged in court that Roundup weed killer caused his cancer has been awarded $289 million in damages.

Rebirthing Books

Rather than letting books collect dust at home, we can donate them to local, national and international efforts that redistribute them to readers and underfunded libraries worldwide.

Food Finder

New software allows businesses such as Whole Foods, Subway and Chipotle Mexican Grill to track where food was harvested, whether pesticides were used and how it was processed.

Corporate Conscience

McDonald’s plans to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 165 million tons in 12 years, and Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser beer plans to wholly rely on renewable sources for energy in seven years.

Turtle Turnaround

After volunteers cleaned up ankle-deep trash and waste at Versova Beach in Mumbai, India, sea turtles returned to hatch for the first time in two decades.

Debris Drop-Off

The number of plastic bags in waters around Norway, Germany, northern France and Ireland has dropped by 30 percent following those countries setting fees on bags.

Last Straw

To end the pollution caused by 500 million discarded plastic straws daily in the U.S., eateries are forgoing them, cities are banning them, and groups are selling bamboo and silicone replacements.

Air Fare

A startup is using microbes to transform the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into bio-based products such as protein powder that are packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Saudi Solar

Saudi Arabia, which produces an eighth of the world’s oil, is planning to build the world’s largest solar installation.

Ivory Outlawed

A near-total ivory ban is underway in the United Kingdom, whose robust legal trade is thought to still be contributing to elephant decimation.

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.

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