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(Erich Ferdinand / Flickr)

Hosting a more sustainable Super Bowl party can be as easy as buying snacks from the bulk bin and using cloth napkins instead of paper. Oh, and split the difference on pizza boxes.

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(Jonathan Cutrer / Flickr)

Chicago has a target date of 2035 to transition to clean energy. On Saturday, the first of several planned community forums will gather residents’ input on how to achieve that goal.

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(WTTW News)

Is it time to hit the reset button on Chicago’s beleaguered Blue Cart recycling program? The city is preparing to conduct a study of the nation’s waste management best practices as it looks for ways to improve.

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(Wendy Berry / Flickr)

Winter is about to turn a major psychological corner: For the first time in nearly three months, 9-to-5-ers will see the sun when they leave work. 

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An illustration of Tiktaalik by Flick Ford. (Courtesy of the University of Chicago)

Sixteen years after making a key discovery with two colleagues, University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin and others are deepening their understanding of an extraordinary, ancient fish.

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(Jo ana Kubiak / Lurie Garden)

Lurie Garden's four-season approach to plantings provides a prime example of the beauty and life to be found in a winter garden.

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The Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday that the clock will now be set at 100 seconds to midnight. (Lexey Swall Photography / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

The world is closer to global catastrophe today than at any point since World War II, according to a group of international nuclear and climate scientists.  

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(WTTW News)

High lake levels, fluctuating temperatures and winter storms have battered Chicago’s lakefront in recent weeks. Emergency projects are in the works to ward off further damage, but is a bigger redesign of the lakefront needed?

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(Courtesy Friends of Big Marsh)

A grant from the state will help fund creation of the Chicago Park District’s first campground and a fully accessible 3-mile trail at Big Marsh, a natural area rising up from the waste of big steel on the city’s Southeast Side.

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Cook County Jail inmate Harris Coteus, standing, fills the biodiesel processor with used vegetable oil from the jail’s officer dining hall. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

A small group of detainees are learning how to make biodiesel fuel from reclaimed cooking oil. Hundreds of gallons have so far been produced – and thousands of dollars saved – but officials also tout the program’s rehabilitative value.

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The injured coyote after it was captured by Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

The coyote, confirmed to have bitten a young boy, won’t be released back into the wild but will be placed in an educational setting to raise awareness of the need for peaceful coexistence.

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(Photo by ROBIN WORRALL / Unsplash)

It’s being rolled out across Chicago with much fanfare, but when will the reality of 5G communication live up to the hype?

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The MWRD labeled this image “how not to salt.” (Facebook / Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

Overuse of salt as a de-icer can contaminate waterways and harm wildlife. Learn how much is too much – and what eco-friendly options exist.

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

On the other hand, property owners can be fined for not shoveling.

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This Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 photo provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control in Chicago shows an injured coyote after it was successfully located and safely darted with a tranquilizer. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

Animal control officials in Chicago said Sunday that DNA tests confirm a coyote recently captured in the city is the same animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy. 

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Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan (Daniel Peckham / Flickr)

From the Amazon to Jiuzhaigou Valley, the world’s forests are racking up hashtags. But there’s no need to travel out of Cook County in search of photogenic flora.

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