World’s Largest Population of Giant Manta Rays Gets More Protection in Peru

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In another win for marine life, Peru started the new year by enacting regulations to protect the world’s largest known population of giant manta rays.

Scientists Rediscover a Tree Frog Thought to Be Extinct for Over a Century

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Last seen in 1870, Jerdon’s tree frog is alive and (mostly) well in India

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-rediscover-tree-frog-thought-extinct-over-century-180957902/#ErIXJkr6HkWlUEmk.99

The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

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Better electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar power

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/us-could-switch-mostly-renewable-energy-no-batteries-needed-180957925/#AEM2iyfs2w3hjEap.99

Viva la France! Country Bans Supermarkets From Tossing Out Food

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In December the French government passed a law banning supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. The law requires stores there to donate unwanted food to charities or food banks.