Are We Approaching Peak Stuff?

Are We Approaching Peak Stuff?

CONSUMPTION Are We Approaching Peak Stuff? Almost imperceptibly, we are stepping off the consumption treadmill   By Fred Pearce Twenty years ago, Beijing was a city of bicycles. They queued by the thousands at traffic lights on roads where cars were rare, next to...
One Man’s Trash . . .

One Man’s Trash . . .

IDEA WATCH One Man’s Trash . . . Mining landfills for metals and energy   By Joshua Jacobs In a village 60 miles east of Brussels, a Belgian company is fighting to launch an experiment with the future of rubbish disposal. Group Machiels, a waste-management company,...
Milk Without the Cow. Eggs Without the Chicken.

Milk Without the Cow. Eggs Without the Chicken.

IDEA WATCH Milk without the Cow. Eggs without the Chicken Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet   By Lindsey Doermann In 2008, the biotech industry had fallen on tough times: capital was drying up and businesses were...
On Wizardly Prophets and Prophetic Wizards

On Wizardly Prophets and Prophetic Wizards

IDEA WATCH On Wizardly Prophets and Prophetic Wizards A review of The Wizard and The Prophet by Charles Mann By Ted Nordhaus Charles Mann is the rarest of science journalists, one who manages to not only characterize but also advance the science he writes about. His...
The Circular Economy Made Real

The Circular Economy Made Real

PHOTO ESSAY The Circular Economy Made Real In more and more pockets of the industrial landscape, the byproducts of one process are becoming the raw materials for another, trash is getting a useful second life, and waste is becoming a thing of the past. By Lindsey...

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