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Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. When it was first celebrated in 1970, more than 20 million people took to the streets and that action spurred the passage of environmental laws and regulations that are still in effect today. Large gatherings aren't possible this year because of COVID-19, but some groups are finding other ways to celebrate.

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“These ecosystems harbor some really amazing species,” said Dr. Ben Hutchins at the most recent Texas Water Symposium forum on Wednesday, November 13 at Schreiner University in Kerrville.

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Thousands of acres of former coal mining land in Texas could be contaminated because of the state's lax enforcement of industry requirements.

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Meat has long been ingrained in the American identity as a meal staple, but there are growing health and environmental concerns related to its consumption and production. How do meat and meat-like products factor into a sustainable food future?

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More than just aesthetically pleasing plant to any home garden, trees are extremely beneficial to the environment. In urban settings, like San Antonio, trees help prevent a rise in temperature across the city landscape. 

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Mexican officials calculated an increase in the monarch butterfly population early this year but overall, the population has declined by 90% since the 1990s. What are the greatest threats to monarchs' and their migratory journey? What does the drop say about the health and stability of our ecosystem?

The U.S. is Brazil’s second largest trading partner, so how do American consumers make sure their products aren’t fueling the destruction of the Amazon rainforest?

Here & Now’s Susan Davis speaks with Christian Poirier (@cpeartreeof Amazon Watch about what consumers can do to check their supply chains.

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“So many folks locally, and worldwide, only know the San Antonio River Walk. I was really trying to look for and capture those interesting things that might tell a bigger deeper story about the river,” explains Steven Schauer.

The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It's home to everything from jellyfish to giant bluefin tuna. But the deep ocean is being invaded by tiny pieces of plastic — plastic that people thought was mostly floating at the surface, and in amounts they never imagined.