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Species Die-Off

Species of rhinoceros, tortoise, treefrog and leopard are among those verified as having disappeared forever as of 2016.

Robot Janitors

Solar- and hydro-powered trash robots are sucking up plastic, Styrofoam and other debris from Baltimore’s harbor, and the waste is used to generate electricity.

Healthy Holdover

Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden that promotes healthy eating will continue for 17 years.

Rigged Research

French researchers have concluded that 40 percent of 579 GMO (genetically modified food) studies are tainted by conflicts of interest, such as a study author being employed by a company that profits from genetically engineered crops.

Floral Throughways

If you’re awed by the mass of blooms decorating highway meridians and embankments, you often have local garden clubs to thank, along with partnering state highway departments.

Beverage Battle

Bottled water has now surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the U.S.

Safe and Smart

Two food-industry trade groups have settled on just two phrases to communicate food safety: ‘Use By’ to indicate perishability and ‘Best if Used By” to indicate peak flavor.

Autonomous Autos

Within seven years, driverless cars will be hitting the market, and studies project they will eventually slash driving-related deaths by two-thirds and lower fuel use by 20 percent.

Mock Meats

Companies worldwide are racing to produce juicy plant-based protein alternatives that have the taste and feel of meat.

Pesticide Peril

An astonishing 97 percent of the 1,800-plus animals and plants protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by the widespread use of malathion and chlopyrifos on farm crops, yet the new Environmental Protection Agency administration just declined to ban chlopyrifos.