Water quality in the Chesapeake Bay is improving after years of cleanup efforts and an EPA regulation.
Despite dire predictions about Amazon and e-readers, independent bookstores are finding their local niches and selling more books.
Signs of malnutrition in children under the age of 5 declined by 36% between 2001 and 2012, and meal programs are reaching more people in need.
In the eastern half of the United States, few purple martins have natural nesting habitat left. But humans have stepped up to fill the housing void.
U.S. high school dropout rates have declined sharply in 18 years, thanks to investments in education and workforce degree requirements.
As climate change and shifting industry practices reshape the fishing business in Maine, seaweed is becoming an attractive alternative crop.
There are more school counselors available to students today than at any time in the last 30 years, meaning that kids have increased access to help.
India, Chile, and Jordan are leaders in the race to find renewable energy sources. How are they pivoting away from fossil fuels so efficiently?
While women and people of color are still underrepresented in Hollywood – both on screen and behind the camera – diversity in the film industry hit record highs in 2018 as tools like inclusion riders gain popularity.
Globally, threats to democracy are acting in full force. But pushback against autocracy is also gaining strength and momentum. A look at some of those movements.
More community college students are making their way to four-year universities – and helping schools meet enrollment and diversity goals. What might that mean for college affordability?
Grasslands have long been underappreciated ecosystems. Yet the past three decades have seen progress in restoring them, giving a boost to numerous rare plants and animals.
What can help people see a way out of their despair? A look at some of the methods that have successfully prevented people from harming themselves.
Simple tasks can become difficult without access to clean water or a place to use the bathroom, as is the case for many of the poorest people – and especially women – in Pakistan. But the construction of thousands of toilet and water facilities is turning that situation around.
Studies show that there is bipartisan agreement on some parts of a divisive issue. What's the motivating factor?
While projections of climate change consequences are dire, the international community has shown it can cooperate to achieve results on ecological issues, as seen in the reduction of the hole in the ozone layer.
Only 30 years ago, about 16 percent of immigrants had earned a bachelor’s degree. Today, that number has nearly doubled, and caught up with degree attainment rates for US-born residents as well. Holistic support programs are one factor.
More attention is being given to the idea that young offenders can still make radical changes to their mind-set. As a result, measures aimed at rehabilitating juvenile prisoners instead of punishing them are spreading across the United States.
Companies in the United States have struggled to reach gender quotas in leadership positions, especially as compared to their European counterparts. But new laws and cultural shifts are beginning to change that situation.
Many computer science professions are known for being disproportionately white and male. But the Advanced Placement computer science tests have seen a recent spike in the number of female and minority students who take them, forecasting a more diverse future.
Industry and environmental interests are often opposed. But in Indiana, a river cleanup requiring both sides to negotiate with each other offers an example for conservation partnerships everywhere.
Across the nation, lawmakers pledged to take legislative action on sexual harassment. We’ve tracked how they followed through in past months.
Activists have found the “secret sauce” to help cut down on the number of young smokers: They’re passing Tobacco 21 laws across the nation, but instead of working at the national level, they’re focusing on small towns and cities.
With many hands on the task, the International Coastal Cleanup shows how communities working together can highlight a problem and help solve it. Legislation is starting to have an impact, too.
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