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A Plan for Parks

April 27, 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) has backed down from a controversial plan. It decided against a steep rise in admission prices at 17 popular national parks. Instead, it will raise fees by $5 at 117 parks. In November, the NPS…

United States

Cactuses at Risk

April 20, 2018

The sun goes down in the Sonoran Desert. A truck pulls up to a giant saguaro (sa- wah -ro) cactus. Poachers step out. They are wearing protective gloves. They dig up the cactus and wrap it in a carpet. Then…

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Hope for the Wild

April 6, 2018

In northeastern Peru lies an unspoiled area of Amazon rain forest. It is called Yaguas. It stretches along 125 miles of the Putumayo River. Amazon rain forests affect rain patterns across the globe. Keeping them intact is one of the…

Environment

Sweet Solutions

April 6, 2018

Last year, Americans spent more than $22 billion on chocolate. But the tasty treat comes at a far greater cost than this. That’s because farmers often cut down trees in the rain forest when they need more land to plant…

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Environment

The Problem With Plastics

April 6, 2018

A cleanup crew was exploring the shore of a river in Washington, D.C. The water rippled under a blue sky, and grass swayed on the mudflats. But something else caught the group’s eye. Along the shore were heaps of plastic…

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World

Trees, Please

April 5, 2018

China is known for its long history, rich culture, and cute pandas. It’s also known for some of the worst air quality in the world. But the Asian country is now using a natural weapon against air pollution—trees. In February,…

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Lego Goes Green

April 5, 2018

Legos are among the world’s most popular toys. But the process for making them—as with many other toys—hurts the environment. Why? Legos are made of plastic. The plastic is made from oil, which is a nonrenewable resource. Now, Lego…

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A Big Mess

April 5, 2018

Around 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic have piled up in a stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California. The area is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. According to a new study from the Ocean Cleanup foundation,…

United States

Climate in Court

April 5, 2018

Levi Draheim lives in Satellite Beach, Florida. It’s warm year-round there. Levi, 10, spends most of his time outside. He often walks from his house to the beach to go swimming and boogie boarding. But when Levi grows up, his…

Environment

Goodbye to Glitter?

April 4, 2018

Want to help clean up the ocean? Then you might want to say goodbye to glitter. That’s what 19 preschools in the United Kingdom did last year. Now scientists are exploring the idea of a bigger ban. They hope it…