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Monstrous Morass

The floating garbage patch is twice the size of Texas, but the fact that it’s only 8 percent micro-plastic makes a clean-up possible.

Poor Packaging

Each minute, one million plastic bottles are sold around the world, and most end up in the trash rather than being recycled.

Happy Hoppers

Natural evolution seems to be saving frog species in Panama that are growing in numbers after being nearly wiped out by a deadly fungal disease more than a decade ago.

Ancient Canines

The most primitive dogs on the planet, once assumed to be extinct, have been discovered in a remote highland region of New Guinea.

3-D Domiciles

A 3-D printed house built in 24 hours in Austin, Texas for $10,000 is a prototype that may be used to provide homes for an entire community in El Salvador.

Fire Hounds

Three border collies race around the charred remains of Chilean forests with special satchels on their backs that spread grass and flower seedlings.

Cork Rocks

Cork, which regenerates its bark after harvesting, is an eco-friendly fire retardant and acoustic insulator that also controls odor and humidity.

Rare Breed

About 150 Exmoor ponies roam free on British moors, descendants of the original prehistoric horse that arrived from Alaska 130,000 years ago.

Smart Trash

Solar-powered trash cans with built-in Wi-Fi sensors are being installed in Baltimore to facilitate as-needed emptying of the cans.

Breathe Easy

The indoor air of winter can get stuffy and even unhealthy, but sound strategies will lower airborne toxins, control irritants, and reduce foot-borne pollution.

Secret Ingredients

A new documentary, Secret Ingredients, makes a compelling case for why organic foods may be the key to unlocking better health and reversing chronic illnesses.

Not Yet Extinct

Even as species die out from the impact of human activity, scientists are discovering new ones, including in 2018 a great ape, beetle and marsupial lion.

Eco Jets

Europe’s EasyJet airline is working to get electric-powered planes into the sky with room for up to 220 passengers and a range of 335 miles.

Yule Be Sorry

Because tree growers cut back their planting during the lean years of the recession a decade ago, consumers will be finding fewer Christmas trees to purchase through the next 10 years.

Bridge Reborn

Chunks of concrete and steel from the former Tappan Zee Bridge are being turned into artificial reefs in the waters off Long Island.

Frigid Farming

German scientists have grown salad greens, cucumbers and radishes inside an Antarctic greenhouse buffeted by outside temperatures of minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Alcohol Fallout

Virtually all beer and wine tested in two recent studies contained residues of glyphosate herbicides, which are neurotoxic, endocrine disruptive and damaging to the liver.

Breathing Room

To prevent air pollution and lower energy use, officials in America and China are exploring ways to increase green spaces and forested land in urban areas.

Scouts Updated

To roll out the welcome mat for girls, the Boy Scouts of America has changed its name to Scouts BSA.

Earth Christmas

Eco-strategies for trees, decorations and gifts mean we can extend our holiday good will to our beleaguered home planet as well.

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.

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