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The Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes grassroots activists from six continents who have moved the needle on environmental issues their communities face. 2021 Goldman Environmental Prize Virtual Award Ceremony / YouTube

Nicknamed the "Green Nobel Prize," the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes grassroots activists from six continents who have moved the needle on environmental issues their communities face. This year's recipients led the charge on environmental justice, wildlife and rainforest conservation, plastic pollution, dams and coal projects.

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Crayfish are an important part of freshwater ecosystems, and change their behavior when exposed to antidepressants. Nick9002

Antidepressants are designed to make humans feel better, but they can have a surprising impact on non-human animals when they enter the environment.

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You can't discount the importance of your gut health. Research shows that the microbiome within your digestive system has a disproportionate impact on how well your whole body functions.

Unfortunately, bad diets, the overuse of antibiotics, and other stressors mean many of our digestive systems are in trouble. Probiotic supplements claim to solve this problem by replenishing your gut with the healthy bacteria it needs for optimal functioning. Here, we'll analyze the popular probiotic brand Seed to determine whether its supplements are worth taking.

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A new study found toxic forever chemicals in hundreds of widely used cosmetic products. Flashpop / DigitalVision / Getty Images
A new study found toxic PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," in hundreds of widely used cosmetic products produced by major brands throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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This aerial image shows boats stored in a parking lot after the Folsom Lake Marina closed due to dry lake bed conditions during the California drought emergency on May 27, 2021, in El Dorado Hills, California.

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California's drought may be the key to uncovering the mystery of a 1965 plane crash.

Two employees from an underwater surveying company, Seafloor Systems, were doing testing at Folsom Lake in the shallowest areas to date. The sonar equipment they were using for testing picked up an abnormal piece of debris that appeared to be a small aircraft.

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EU policymakers have voted to end caged animal farming. Red Cedicol / EyeEm / Getty Images

By Julia Conley

The European Commission is under pressure to end caged animal farming in the next six years after policymakers in the European Union overwhelmingly voted to stop the practice to protect animal welfare as well as human and planetary health, responding to widespread public demand for the ban.

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Synchronous Fireflies in Elkmont, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Radim Schreiber/ National Park Service

In the Great Smoky Mountains, people are traveling and waiting until dusk to get a glimpse of what some have claimed is a life-changing experience: watching a rare, synchronous firefly light show.

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Scientists have developed a method for recycling plastic bottles into vanilla flavoring. Andrew Fox / Getty Images

Researchers have devised a sweet solution to the plastic pollution crisis — turn it into vanilla flavoring.

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Dangerously high temperatures are gripping the West with more to life- and grid-threatening heat expected in the coming days.

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The Singapore Flower Dome is an innovative venue with the largest greenhouse in the world with rotating displays of flowers and plants. John S. Lander / LightRocket / Getty Images

In the midst of a massive, global loss of nature, cities around the world are finding ways to protect and expand open spaces and "rewild" their communities.

Between 2001 and 2017, the United States alone lost 24 million acres of natural area – or the equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks – largely due to housing sprawl, agriculture, energy development, and other anthropogenic factors, according to a 2019 Reuters report. Every day, 6,000 acres of open space – parks, forests, farms, grasslands, ranches, streams, and rivers – are converted for other uses.

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Takeout containers are among the most common plastics polluting the ocean. Bill Roque / iStock / Getty Images Plus

In recent years, it's been a fad to skip the straw to save the turtles, but what you may not know is that straws are not the biggest offenders when it comes to ocean plastic, according to a new study.

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A clownfish in French Polynesia. Antonio Fernando Sontuoso / 500px Prime / Getty Images

New research suggests that young clownfish who live in coastal reefs are dying faster due to artificial light exposure.

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A crack in the Pine Island Glacier. NASA's Earth Observatory / CC BY 2.0

The Pine Island Glacier is currently Antarctica's greatest contributor to sea level rise, and, now, a new study warns that it could be closer to collapse than previously thought.

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