A North Atlantic right whale breaches in the Bay of Fundy in August 2012.

As numbers of North Atlantic right whales keep declining because of entanglements with fishing gear and fatal ship strikes, conservationists are using acoustic technology and waging an escalating legal battle to push for more aggressive action to protect the world’s rarest cetacean.

By Rene Ebersole

Pollution

Getting the Lead Out: Why Battery Recycling Is a Global Health Hazard

From African shantytowns to the backstreets of China’s cities, small-scale businesses that recycle the lead from auto batteries are proliferating. Experts say the pollution from these unregulated operations is a lethal threat – with children being the most vulnerable to poisoning.

By Fred Pearce

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A Civilian Conservation Corps crew clears brush and plants seedlings in St. Joe National Forest in Idaho in the 1930s.

Opinion

How a Climate Corps Could Put Youth to Work in Greening America

The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps put thousands of young men to work in U.S. parks and forests, transforming the nation’s parks system. A new Climate Corps could provide badly-needed work for young people while providing them with training for today’s green jobs.

By Daniel Munczek Edelman

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