Unraveling the Mystery of Monarch Migration

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Monarch butterflies fly between 50 and 100 miles each day during their migration. (Photo credit: Didier Dorval / Radius Images)

The monarch butterfly is the only butterfly species that makes an annual round-trip migration. Scientists have wondered for quite some time what triggers the monarch’s migration behavior. New research may finally provide an answer to that question.

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Waste Not, Want Not — Reducing Food Waste in America

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Food waste is a major component of solid waste in landfills. Decomposing food creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. (Photo credit: g215/Shutterstock)

In the United States, 40 percent of all food produced remains uneaten. Some of this food has spoiled, some of it was left in the fields to rot, and some of it never made it to market after being harvested. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Americans routinely throw away about 20 pounds of food per month, which equates to about $28-43 worth of food. In all, it is estimated that $165 billion are squandered each year when perfectly edible food goes uneaten. Why is there so much food waste? And what can you do about it?

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40 Eco-Friendly Tips to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

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April 22 marks the 45th annual celebration of Earth Day. (Photo credit: Digital Vision/Getty Images)

April 22 marks the 45th annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day was originally established by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to bring environmental issues to the forefront of the national agenda. Up to that time, there existed little to no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect the environment.

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Waste Not, Want Not — Alternative Fuels From Unusual Sources

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Oft-maligned tobacco plants could be a source of biofuels in the future. (Photo credit: Photodisc/Getty Images)

Today, the fuels we might call alternate were once prime candidates to supply many of our energy needs.

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20 Eco-Friendly Tips to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

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April 22 marks the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day. (Photo credit: Digital Vision/Getty Images)

April 22 marks the 44th annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day was originally established by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to bring environmental issues to the forefront of the national agenda. Up to that time, there existed little to no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect the environment.

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