With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we’re seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive news that suggests humanity is waking up to the 21st century’s burgeoning environmental problems. Africa’s Western Black Rhino was declared officially distinct, a devastating harbinger of biodiversity loss is taking place across the planet, and researchers found cancer-causing chemicals in nearly 100 popular shampoo brands, which irked a lot of our readers. But then Peru announced its plan to provide solar power to two million of its poorest citizens, and a massive reserve of freshwater was discovered under the ocean. Check out these and other top news stories from 2013 and vote for the one that moved you the most.

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