The Week in Pictures: Elephants Extinct by 2025, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Green Home Improvement, and More (Slideshow)

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From the news that all 600,000 African elephants will be extinct by 2025 at current rates of poaching, according to figures from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, to Congress' approval of a bill that will allow three wheelers to get funding from the Department of Energy, a lot happened this week in green. Our Best of Green winner Chris Jordan visited the Midway Atoll, right in the heart of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and photographed sobering pictures of albatrosses stuffed with plastic detritus, Christine put together a slideshow of creatures found in the world's most powerful tidal maelstrom, and readers sent in their green home improvement photos for our weekly slideshow. Find out what else happened in the world of green this week in our photo roundup of most popular, most important, and most oddball stories. And if you missed it, view last week's The Week in Pictures: Carteret Islands Sink and More .

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