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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.


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