Peru's economy has long run on the extraction of minerals from beneath the earth's surface. And that has come at a cost to the environment and the health of people. But environmental activists are heartened to see the government make tentative steps to rein in environmental excesses.
Right whales typically give birth in warm waters off the coasts of Florida and Georgia, but this past year, one whale mother didn't make the migration, and gave birth off Massachusetts. Scientists worried the calf would die but, against the odds, it survived and the pair met back up with its pod this spring.
Many of the ingredients that people associate with sushi can't be fashioned into food in a sustainable way. And as sushi becomes more popular, that's becoming a big problem. But one sushi chef is trying to change that by introducing new ingredients in his sushi.
Increases in prices for natural resources and advances in technology have conspired to make deep sea mining a commercially viable endeavor. But the prospect of large undersea vacuums sucking up minerals and animals at the same time has some environmentalists more than a little concerned.
In some species of reptiles, gender is determined not by X and Y chromosomes, but rather by the temperature in the nest at a key period of development. So, as temperature warm, for the Painted turtles, that means a species that will become all female. And when that happens, the species will die out.
Political activists have focused increasing amount of energy on convincing large organizations to divest themselves from organizations that profit from the exploitation of fossil fuels. Now, those activists say, they're seeing progress. But they have a long road ahead of them.
Farmers around Pennsylvania, and indeed around the country are increasingly taking the money they make opening their land up to fracking and investing in renewable energy. Specifically, a number of farmers have chosen to plow their windfall into solar panels.
Electric cars have large batteries that go mostly unused for hours at a time. But a team of researchers in Delaware are hoping to use these electric cars to improve how the national electric grid works. So far, the results are promising. And it could provide benefits to electric car owners, too.
Helen Palmer installed solar panels on the roof of her home in 2012. And since then, basically, she hasn't seen an electric bill. In fact, when last she checked, she had a credit of nearly $43 on her bill. She hasn't paid off her initial investment, but she's making progress.
This year has seen many more landslides in the Pacific Northwest than is typical -- in fact this recent winter was among the worst for mudslides in and around the Puget Sound region. Experts say this could be more common as climate change leads to more rain, especially in the Pacific Northwest.