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Fungus Among Us

A Penn State plant pathologist has received federal approval for gene-altered mushrooms that don’t brown as rapidly when sliced and exposed to oxygen.

Watch the Birdie

In 2014, 49 people were killed while taking selfies of themselves with wild animals; peacocks and dolphins are among the animals that also died as the result of clumsy photo attempts.

Repurposed Pallets

The two billion pallets in use in the U.S., which eat up 50 percent or our annual hardwood harvest, are being converted into furniture by an enterprising Fort Worth company.

Laundry List

By using cold water, natural stain removers and line drying, we can turn out sparkling clean clothes in a planet-friendly fashion.

Protecting Pollinators

After losing 60 percent of its beehives last year, Maryland has become the first state to pass a law severely restricting pesticide use.

Airline Air

Contaminated air pumped back into passenger cabin areas that has mixed with some jet engine exhaust may be creating permanent disability and even death among airline employees and passengers.

Eat Safer

To help consumers know which drinks and foods are still being sold in cans lined with endocrine-disrupting BPA, the Environmental working Group’s website lists 16,000 BPA-tainted products.

Lobster Liberation

Canadian monks bought up all the live lobsters at a fish market, chartered a boat, and set them free as an exemplary act of compassion.

Smog Begone

As the world’s eighth-largest economy, California is throwing its weight behind greenhouse-gas reduction by setting ambitious 2030 goals and putting 1.5 million zero-emission state cars on the road.

Reforesting India

About 800,000 volunteers planted a staggering 49 million trees on a single day last year in India as part of an international effort to reforest the planet.

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