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Mystery of the Sea

April 8, 2021

Legend has it that in the 1970s, a boat captain spotted a green banana peel floating above a sinkhole about 50 miles off the coast of Florida. That sinkhole is now known as the Green Banana. A sinkhole is a…


Etna Erupts

March 12, 2021

Mount Etna, a volcano on the Italian island of Sicily, continued to erupt on March 7. It spewed a column of lava and ash that reached a spectacular height of 33,000 feet. Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. It…


Walking is Awesome

March 2, 2021

Have you ever said “Whoa!” as you watched a hawk soar through the sky or an athlete sink a basket? If so, you’ve experienced awe. It’s a strong feeling of wonder and amazement. Virginia Sturm is a psychologist and an…


Ocean Commotion

February 12, 2021

Sound pollution caused by humans is making oceans noisier than ever and harming marine life. That’s according to a new article published in the journal Science. Researchers looked at thousands of studies on ocean sound and its effects on wildlife.…


Going Green

July 15, 2020

What do you envision when you think of a forest? You probably imagine a vast stretch of land covered with trees. But as traditional forests are destroyed, tiny forests—some as small as a tennis court— have sprung up in cities…


Rising Water

April 7, 2020

If nothing is done to stop rising sea levels, the homes of 200 million people could be underwater by the year 2100. That’s according to a study published in October in the scientific magazine Nature Communications. The global sea level…


Building Green

April 3, 2020

Have you ever noticed a problem in your community that you couldn’t figure out how to fix? Dr. Aboubacar Kampo has. He was living in Côte d’Ivoire, a country on the coast of West Africa, where plastic is a major…


Banned Bags

March 6, 2020

A ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect in New York State on March 1. New York is one of several states to forbid stores from handing out plastic bags at checkout. California was the first. Many cities and…


Fires in Australia

January 9, 2020

Since September, bush fires have been burning in Australia. Drought and a severe heat wave are feeding the flames. Officials are calling this fire season one of the worst in the country’s history. “We have no idea where this is…