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


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.

Viva la France! Country Bans Supermarkets From Tossing Out Food


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.

Family Saves Roadside Piglet from Freezing to Death in Blizzard


It was during that blizzard that the Smith family was traveling from the Whitetail ski resort back to their hotel about 20 miles away when dad Perry spotted a white, pink mass by the side of the road in the freezing cold snow.

Farms That Save Space for Flowers Give Bees a Boost


In 2005, England introduced incentives to farmers to plant more bee-friendly flowers on their land. Similar incentives also exist in the E.U. These agri-environmental schemes have been shown to attract bees a provide them with a good source of food, but the new paper shows for the first time that they are also associated with increased populations.

Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Electricity From Renewables For 75 Days Straight


The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year.

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Not Dead Yet: The Bird That Cheated Extinction


An Asian songbird long thought to be extinct has been rediscovered. … Finding species thought to be extinct is not that common.

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Backpack Doubles As Reading Light So Children In Indian Slums Can Still Study During Power Cuts

The bags, which have solar panels attached to the sides, can be charged while the students walk to school, or play outside, Saha explained to the Hindustan Times. Salaam Balak Trust, an Indian NGO, agreed to partner with her, and so far, about 30 to 40 bags have been given to children free-of-charge, with the help of funding from Cheil India, The Better India reported.

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