Young woman with face mask on beach, collecting trash in plastic bag (Shutterstock)

The ocean needs your help — and your phone — this...

Since 1985, millions of people have removed a supertanker's weight of plastic trash from beaches as part of the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.
Clouds floating in the sky above a wide expanse of prairie land (Dennis Lingohr/APR)

A new kind of park emerges on the prairie

American Prairie Reserve, a public-private partnership, is bringing back buffalo, birds and big, open sky to the Montana prairie.
Overhead view of city with blue-lighted walkways (© MVRDV/Ossip van Duivenbode)

Old highways and rail lines become gardens and walkways

Seoul, Sydney and Jerusalem are among cities that took a cue from New York and repurposed their old highways and railways into parks and trails.
Trout swimming in stream (Wade Fredenberg/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

Using eDNA, biologists reveal a river’s creatures

Environmental DNA testing is transforming the field of biology, by making it much easier to detect different species in rivers and streams.
Person in safety gear between floor-to-ceiling racks of pipes (© AP Images)

Israeli technology helps quench California’s thirst for water

California, the most populous state in the U.S., has pulled out from a historic drought thanks to help from Israel's water technology.
Gorilla with open mouth in Virunga National Park (© AP Images)

This gorilla might owe its life to a heroic park warden

Rodrigue Katembo has saved critically endangered wildlife in the DRC's Virunga National Park, including mountain gorillas, elephants and hippos.
Row of toilets on an assembly line (TOTO USA)

Japanese toilet maker taps U.S. engineers’ skills

A decision to manufacture its toilets in the U.S. and a reputation for being environmentally friendly are key to Japanese company TOTO's success.
Child walking through trash-infested waters (© Solo Imaji/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Keeping plastics out of our oceans

Managing waste so that it doesn’t end up in our oceans is a worldwide challenge. Get tips from researcher Jenna Jambeck on how to reduce plastic pollution.
View of Earth's curvature, with dark space above (NASA)

Be the first to see ultra-high-def video from space

Mark your calendars: On April 26, NASA is broadcasting the first live ultra-high-definition video from the International Space Station.