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Cups, straws, spoons: India bans some single-use plastic to curb waste

One New Delhi vegetable seller fears his business will be hit if plastic bags are stopped without a readily available replacement. "After all, plastic is used in everything,” he said.
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The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the EPA's climate fight. Will states be able to fill the void?

The ruling was narrower than the worst-case options some had feared, and activists are already turning their attention to local efforts.
Image: A worker stands in a coal yard in Winfield, W.V., on July 18, 2018.
Image: A worker stands in a coal yard in Winfield, W.V., on July 18, 2018.

The secret to good health later in life? Researchers think it could be banking your poop now

Fecal transplants are a relatively new procedure meant to improve gut health, and a group of researchers think saving a person's own poop for future use could be the best way to go.
Image: Technical assistant, Eliska Didyk transfers human fecal matter solution into a bottle in an OpenBiome laboratory, on June 19, 2014 in Medford, Mass.
Image: Technical assistant, Eliska Didyk transfers human fecal matter solution into a bottle in an OpenBiome laboratory, on June 19, 2014 in Medford, Mass.

Peru home build vexed by ‘the neighbors’: Inca-era mummies

Archaeologists are still studying the finds but said they likely belonged to members of a local elite who had been conquered by the Incas.
Image: Gas workers and archaeologists clean an area where ancient bones and vessels from a previous Inca culture were discovered in the Brena neighborhood of Lima, Peru, on Feb. 11, 2020.
Image: Gas workers and archaeologists clean an area where ancient bones and vessels from a previous Inca culture were discovered in the Brena neighborhood of Lima, Peru, on Feb. 11, 2020.
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The first full-color photos from the James Webb Space Telescope are coming

NASA and its partners, the European and Canadian space agencies, will unveil the first full-color images from the Webb telescope in a much-anticipated event on July 12.
Artist conception of the James Webb Space Telescope.
Artist conception of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Fossils in the Cradle of Humankind site reignite debate over origins of humans

“The new dates now help us to place such evolutionary developments more accurately in time,” a research team member said.
Cradle of Humankind, cave inside looking safety helmet hard hat
Cradle of Humankind, cave inside looking safety helmet hard hat

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

The new center-left Labor Party government expects EVs will account for 89% of Australian new car sales by 2030.
The Port Kembla Steelworks in Wollongong, Australia
The Port Kembla Steelworks in Wollongong, Australia

Heat records around the world are falling

Heat records fell on every continent in the Northern Hemisphere in the past month.
A woman uses a portable electric fan while strolling down the street with her friends in Tokyo, on June 27, 2022.
A woman uses a portable electric fan while strolling down the street with her friends in Tokyo, on June 27, 2022.

Climate tech firm to launch scaled-up plant sucking CO2 from air

The new “Mammoth” plant will contain around 80 large blocks of fans and filters that suck in air and extract its CO2.
A computer-rendered image of Climeworks' new "Mammoth" direct air capture plant in Iceland.
A computer-rendered image of Climeworks' new "Mammoth" direct air capture plant in Iceland.

Intact woolly mammoth baby uncovered in northwestern Canada

Geomorphologist Dan Shugar said the mammoth calf's trunk, hair, skin, toenails and intestines are intact.
A mummified baby woolly mammoth named, Nun cho ga from Eureka Creek, Yukon.
A mummified baby woolly mammoth named, Nun cho ga from Eureka Creek, Yukon.

‘Biblical’ insect swarms spur Oregon push to fight pests

Amid drought and warming temperatures — conditions favored by the insects — outbreaks across the West have worsened.
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