For a cash-strapped generation that also cares about sustainability issues, taboos are disappearing around previously owned items. Online retailers and peer-to-peer marketplace apps are helping to drive a burgeoning market expected to double in size by 2022.
Before the United States' decision to ban the tiny plastic exfoliants found in cosmetics and face washes, an estimated 3 trillion microbeads found their way into American waterways and other habitats each year. Britain, Canada, and New Zealand have since passed similar bans.
Changes in legislation, leadership, media portrayals of people with disabilities, and jobs growth were key to an employment spike for America's largest minority group.
US cities situated next to large bodies of water, including Boston, Houston, and Milwaukee, are making plans to build water-absorbent green spaces that also serve as recreational spots – instead of installing more industrial concrete walls – to stem rising floodwaters.
Finland ranked No. 1 in the 2018 World Happiness Report for its citizens' healthy work-life balance and trust in its national systems. Increasingly, in almost every facet of society – from policymakers to businesses to schools – more people are looking to well-being as an indicator of progress.
The lack of access to menstrual products for female inmates is being addressed across more US states. It's been a largely overlooked issue, advocates say, despite the fact that women are the fastest growing demographic of the prison population.
California led the way by being the first state to provide paid family leave for workers to care for sick family members or to bond with a new child. In January, the state expanded its benefits. The idea is gaining ground in the United States, showing a shift toward more compassionate workplace practices.
When the United Nations was created in 1945, only eight countries had abolished capital punishment. Today, that number stands at more than 100. In nearly another 40 countries where the death penalty is still legal, the practice has been reduced.
Morgan Hurd competes on the balance beam at the US Gymnastics Championships on Aug. 19, in Boston.
A recent RAND Corp. study found the Los Angeles county initiative, Housing For Health, which integrates permanent housing with health care for homeless people, has saved tax-payer dollars and caused participants' inpatient days to plummet.
Thanks to increased awareness of past cultural injustices and renewed respect for national sovereignty, many nations housing stolen art and other items are giving them back.
Europe and Asia lead push to replace traditional cars with electric and hybrid ones amid climate and pollution concerns.
Many of Mexico's small businesses don't pay taxes – or worker benefits, but more workers are stepping into formal jobs with steady paychecks indicating growth in the economy overall.
A poster campaign in Boston bus shelters aims to teach the art of de-escalation in the face of anti-Muslim confrontations.
How communities from Portland, Ore., to Paris are cleaning and playing in their waterways.
New York becomes the most recent of 11 states to enact a ban in efforts to dissuade the popularity of vaping among American youth.