Outdoors

Illuminating fishing nets is a cost-effective means of dramatically reducing the number of sea turtles getting caught. Photo: University of Exeter

How LED Lights Could Stop Sea Turtle Deaths

U.S. Geological Survey map shows the potential for Americans to experience damage from natural or human-induced earthquakes in 2016. U.S. Geological Survey map shows the potential for Americans to experience damage from natural or human-induced earthquakes in 2016.

7 Million Americans at Risk Due to Human-induced Earthquakes

A new US Geological Survey map shows areas at risk for both human-induced and natural earthquakes.

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4 Key Bounce House Safety Rules

From the moon bounce to inflatable slides, what to know before you let kids jump in.

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How to Make Sure Your Life Jacket Would Save Your Life

As many as 85 percent of people who drown aren’t wearing life jackets. A safety expert reveals what kind to buy and how to make sure it fits properly.

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Pigeons in London Cry Fowl Over Air Pollution

Backpack-sporting birds measured pollution levels this week.

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7 Small But Important Things to Bring on Spring Hikes

They can make the difference between a safe, fun hike and a downright disaster.

Tour boats travel the Chicago River after workers dyed it green to kick off the city's St. Patrick's day celebrationTour boats travel the Chicago River after workers dyed it green to kick off the city's St. Patrick's day celebration

Is It Safe to Dye Rivers Green?

What happens when the wearing of the green includes waterways?

A woman puts flowers into the sea to pray for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan on March 11, 2016.A woman puts flowers into the sea to pray for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan on March 11, 2016.

Japan Marks Fifth Anniversary of Deadly Tsunami

Decontamination efforts continue at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Carbon Dioxide Pollution Hits an All-Time High

This is the highest level we’ve seen across the globe — ever.

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Can Mushroom Packaging Help Save the Planet?

A new material grown from fungus disintegrates in weeks in your garden.

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Severe Heat Waves: The Wave of the Future?

A climate study says they may become an annual threat.

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Climate Change as Far as the Eye Can Sea

One study shows sea levels rose more in the 20th century than in any of the previous 27 centuries.

Average monthly water shortages around the globe.Average monthly water shortages around the globe.

Global Water Shortages May Be Far Worse than We Thought

A new study found about two-thirds of the population suffers severe shortages every year.

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What Is a Polar Vortex?

Plus, nine ways to stay safe in sub-zero temperatures.

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Have Arachnophobia? These Are the Only Spiders That Are Likely to Hurt You

Here are 8 venomous spiders — one for each creepy little leg — you don’t want to mess with.

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How to Get Rid of Ivy Without Weed Killer

Plus, 4 reasons you should get rid of this evil villain of the plant world.