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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.

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.

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.

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.

End Game

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

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.

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.

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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