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A humpback whale breaching off South Africa’s Wild Coast. Reinhard Dirscherl / ullstein bild via Getty Images

Activists have made a last-minute bid to stop Royal Dutch Shell from exploring for oil and gas in whale breeding grounds off the coast of South Africa.

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IKEA

Furniture giant IKEA has pledged to phase out plastic packaging by 2028.

The announcement, made November 23, is the company’s latest attempt to “have a positive impact on both people and planet.”

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Lorena Canals

Rugs add a cozy aesthetic to the home, but they can also contribute to toxin exposure if you’re not careful when shopping around. How do you find the best sustainable rugs in a world where almost everything is mass produced with questionable chemicals involved?

There is a lot to consider in the search for a nontoxic rug you hope was ethically made. That’s especially true in a time where we are reevaluating our environmental impact every day. We rounded up four of the best sustainable rugs for any area of your home, from your living room to your outdoor space. Read on to learn more.

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A high-resolution mycelium network. Loreto-Oyarte-Galvez

A unique nonprofit has set out on a mission to map the fungi that live beneath the earth.

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A new report details the relationship between four major retailers that ship goods to the U.S. and fossil-fueled carrier companies. Ship It Zero

As a congestion crisis continues to stall polluting container ships in ports around the world, there is a growing awareness of the role that international shipping plays in both the climate crisis and the public-health impacts of air pollution.

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30 White Rhinos Make Largest ‘Translocation’ in Their Species’ History

The journey took six months to organize and 40 hours to complete

Animals
Tranquilised rhino walked to a crate. Martin Meyer / African Parks

Thirty white rhinos have just made an incredible journey.

The vulnerable mammals traveled more than 3,400 kilometers (approximately 2,113 miles) from South Africa to Rwanda in the “largest single rhino translocation in history,” African Parks announced on Monday.

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The Brazilian cattle industry is the leading cause of Amazon deforestation. Lucas Ninno / Getty Images

Some of your favorite fashion brands may be putting the Amazon rainforest at risk.

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Apple trees covered in snow following an October storm in the Kashmir valley. Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times via Getty Images

In another example of how the climate crisis threatens agriculture around the world, early snowfall has damaged Kashmir's apple harvest for the third year in a row.

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Coral spawning in the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Teach

The news is full of dire warnings about the future and current health of the Great Barrier Reef, but the World Heritage Site is not dead yet.

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Park visitors walk along a section of the Great Salt Lake that used to be underwater at the Great Salt Lake State Park on Aug. 2, 2021 near Magna, Utah. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

In July, the water levels of Utah's iconic Great Salt Lake fell to a record low.

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A blue orchard bee. Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A new study shows just how dangerous pesticides can be for bees.

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A female manatee and her calf in Florida's Crystal River in 2005. Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Florida's manatees are in trouble, so much trouble that wildlife officials are considering an unprecedented intervention — feeding them.

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Build Back Better Act Passes House With Most Ambitious Climate Provisions in U.S. History

The legislation still needs to pass the Senate to make a difference.

Politics
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks about the Build Back Better Act. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Build Back Better Act, which includes the largest-ever federal investment in fighting the climate crisis.

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