Before the United States' decision to ban the tiny plastic exfoliants found in cosmetics and face washes, an estimated 3 trillion microbeads found their way into American waterways and other habitats each year. Britain, Canada, and New Zealand have since passed similar bans.
Many of Mexico's small businesses don't pay taxes – or worker benefits, but more workers are stepping into formal jobs with steady paychecks indicating growth in the economy overall.
A poster campaign in Boston bus shelters aims to teach the art of de-escalation in the face of anti-Muslim confrontations.
How communities from Portland, Ore., to Paris are cleaning and playing in their waterways.
New York becomes the most recent of 11 states to enact a ban in efforts to dissuade the popularity of vaping among American youth.
Thanks to increased awareness of past cultural injustices and renewed respect for national sovereignty, many nations housing stolen art and other items are giving them back.
Europe and Asia lead push to replace traditional cars with electric and hybrid ones amid climate and pollution concerns.
Dozens of cardboard cut-outs of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sit outside of the US Capitol Building as part of an Avaaz.org protest in Washington on April 10.
As more consumers turn away from animal fur for luxurious feeling synthetic materials, high-end fashion houses are making a commitment to the prevention of animal cruelty in fashion.
Oxford leads world cities with its plans to ban gas and diesel cars.
Worldwide, actors across the food chain are working at the problem.
As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.
Roughly 100 million fewer children are having to work or are trapped in slavery or sexual trafficking, according to a progress report. But serious concerns remain about a slowdown in the rate at which children are being extracted from dangerous work conditions.