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.
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.
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.
A crew member hugs a migrant child aboard the Aquarius rescue ship before disembarking in the port of Valencia, Spain, June 17.
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.
As more consumers turn away from animal fur for luxurious feeling synthetic materials, high-end fashion houses are making a commitment to the prevention of animal cruelty in fashion.
Oxford leads world cities with its plans to ban gas and diesel cars.
Worldwide, actors across the food chain are working at the problem.
As public awareness of the plight of zoo elephants grows, policies are shifting, although not always as fast as advocates would like.
Roughly 100 million fewer children are having to work or are trapped in slavery or sexual trafficking, according to a progress report. But serious concerns remain about a slowdown in the rate at which children are being extracted from dangerous work conditions.