In 2010, Noreen Dertinger finally spotted her first loon chick on Lake Kennebec. Unfortunately, it did not survive the year.

Mysterious drop in loon population prompts cross-border collaborations in North America


Loons are having fewer and smaller chicks, which are less likely to survive. Most surprisingly, young, non-breeding adults are also dramatically in decline — but no one knows why. Volunteers from Canada and the United States are on a quest for answers. 

Residents Ken Fishman, 81, left, and Esther Wallach, 82, right, hold hands as they wait in line for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the The Palace assisted living facility in Coral Gables, Florida

Aging expert on living better: ‘Focus on adding life to years rather than years to life’

A woman speaks at a podium representing Black Immigrant Collective.

‘It’s hard to have hope when you haven’t had time to breathe,’ says Liberian American activist on Chauvin verdict

Conflict & Justice
African American Mayor Mike Elliott poses in a dark gray suit

Brooklyn Center mayor on Chauvin trial: Black people can no longer tolerate ‘a state of terror’

Derek Chauvin in gray suit hold microphone as he speaks, while sitting next to his lawyer

Prosecutor: Chauvin ‘had to know’ George Floyd’s life was in danger

Enbridge Energy Line 3 protest

Native tribes in Minnesota pledge to continue fighting new Line 3 pipeline


Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin, if completed, is facing strong opposition from Native American tribes and environmental activists.

White-tailed buck

Lead in hunted meat poses health risk to families and food banks

Health & Medicine

Millions of American families who eat hunted meat may be exposed to lead poisoning from the bullets that killed the animal. Hunters also donate some 2 million pounds of hunted meat to food banks across the US each year, most of which is not inspected for lead contamination.

Men in police uniform kneel on an urban street.

No. 1 rule for police: Defend human rights, says Ukraine’s former police chief

Conflict & Justice

Khatia Dekanoidze knows about police reform. As the former chief of the National Police of Ukraine, she continues to work on police reform efforts in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. She spoke with The World’s host Marco Werman to talk about what US police officers can do now to reform.

A close of a woman with a face mask reading "I can't breathe Black Lives Matter"

Systems of oppression in health care long made ‘invisible,’ Harvard prof says


Fault lines of inequality have existed for generations, says Dr. Michelle Morse, co-founder of the Campaign Against Racism.

Terrence Floyd visits the site near where his brother George was taken in Minneapolis police custody and later died, in Minneapolis, June 1, 2020.

Somali Americans share in the grief and pain over George Floyd’s killing 


One Somali American in Minneapolis organized a prayer gathering online to process it together.