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The Circular Economy Made Real

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 ... Read More

Instead of Trump’s Wall, Let’s Build a Border of Solar Panels

Instead of Trump’s Wall, Let’s Build a Border of Solar Panels

A solar border would alleviate a range of binational problems. For one, it would have a civilizing effect.

Biophony

Biophony

Soundscape ecology plunges us into a wilder world beyond the mundane and merely visual

An Internet of Wings

An Internet of Wings

Researchers will track migratory animals from the International Space Station to predict the next pandemic

How Much Energy Will the World Need?

How Much Energy Will the World Need?

The story of energy use, economic growth, and carbon emissions in four charts.

Artificial Intelligence and Decarbonization

Artificial Intelligence and Decarbonization

New experiments are pushing artificial intelligence and sensor networks into the grid—and into factories, data centers, and transit ... Read More

Cutting Loose the Climate Future from the Carbon Past

Cutting Loose the Climate Future from the Carbon Past

Geoengineering demands a new way of looking at the world—one that can be troubling.

When You’re in a Carbon Hole Stop Digging

When You’re in a Carbon Hole Stop Digging

Here’s a coal retirement plan that doesn’t rely on uninvented technology or science-challenged leaders.

Human-Driven Evolution Is a Hallmark of the Anthropocene

Human-Driven Evolution Is a Hallmark of the Anthropocene

The Human Age will be shaped by the species we create and foster as well as the ones we kill off

The Great Decoupling

The Great Decoupling

The story of energy use, economic growth, and carbon emissions in four charts.

The Rise of the Wooden Skyscraper

The Rise of the Wooden Skyscraper

New, mass-timber engineering could transform the twenty-first-century city from a carbon source into a carbon sink

Is the grass greener on the other side?

Is the grass greener on the other side?

Drug legalization could both help and hurt the environment

Rerouting

Rerouting

Small changes to flight routes could deliver big climate savings

Energy subsidies and the G20

Energy subsidies and the G20

Energy subsidies and the G20: Do as I say, not as I do.

The Carnery

The Carnery

Imagine a culinary future with in vitro meat . . .The real thing may not be as far away as you think

The residential macrosystem

The residential macrosystem

Managed collectively, backyards could become more biodiverse landscapes

Language of the Anthropocene: Cleanweb

Language of the Anthropocene: Cleanweb

Harnessing the power of the Internet, software, and mobile technologies to shrink our environmental footprint

Nanosilver may cut down on odor, but does it make clothing “green”?

Nanosilver may cut down on odor, but does it make clothing “green”?

Less frequent laundering may not offset the additional environmental impacts of using antimicrobial silver nanoparticles in textiles.

Why citizen science may shine, even in Trump’s world

Why citizen science may shine, even in Trump’s world

As we brace for fresh environmental onslaughts to be leveled by the incoming administration, a sleeper cell in the federal government ... Read More

The Global Financial Establishment Is Waking up to Climate Risk

The Global Financial Establishment Is Waking up to Climate Risk

Regulators are beginning to rewrite the economic rules

Who’s Winning the Clean-tech Race?

Who’s Winning the Clean-tech Race?

You could be forgiven if you thought the European Union—historically a leader on low-carbon finance and policy efforts—would have a ... Read More

Habitat with Humanity

Habitat with Humanity

Making creative accommodations for the urban wild

Imagine There’s No Drivers

Imagine There’s No Drivers

And no traffic lights. And no parking lots. It isn’t hard to do.

Art That Delivers Clean Water & Power

Art That Delivers Clean Water & Power

An international competition challenges designers to show that clean energy production and dazzling public art can be one and the same

How We Think about E-Waste Is in Need of Repair

How We Think about E-Waste Is in Need of Repair

China and Ghana are looking less and less like electronic wastebaskets and more and more like leaders in a powerful, informal green economy

Can local food feed an urban world?

Can local food feed an urban world?

Researchers dig into the efficacy of urban agriculture

An Anthropocene Journey

An Anthropocene Journey

The word “anthropocene” has become the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this turbulent, momentous, unpredictable, ... Read More

We should be measuring the footprint of supply chains

We should be measuring the footprint of supply chains

Attributing water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to countries rather than industrial sectors is a leading example of how the ... Read More

Carbon-Negative Furniture

Carbon-Negative Furniture

And other things made from greenhouse gases

Habitecture

Habitecture

Tiny houses and great cathedrals, carbon-neutral skyscrapers and Airstream trailers: architecture is among the greatest of human ... Read More

Ecology for Insiders

Ecology for Insiders

The indoor biome covers as much as six percent of the world’s landmass—and we know almost nothing about it.

Science Fiction in the Anthropocene

Science Fiction in the Anthropocene

The ultimate literature of the imagination calls upon us to do more than merely invent or imitate the apocalypse

The Strange Case of the Puerto Rican Frog

The Strange Case of the Puerto Rican Frog

offers a glimpse into the new wild

What’s the Fastest Way to an Energy Miracle?

What’s the Fastest Way to an Energy Miracle?

First amp up R&D then fade in a carbon tax

3D Printed Bricks

3D Printed Bricks

could be the building blocks of modern, sustainable architecture

Letting Biodiversity Get Under Our Skin

Letting Biodiversity Get Under Our Skin

Some aspects of dirty living can be healthy. A new study posits that the decline of plant and animal diversity in cities may be linked ... Read More

Visualizing Carbon

Visualizing Carbon

Pictures make a story come alive—and in the climate change story, one of the main characters is invisible. Carbon Visuals helps people ... Read More

The Future Will Not Be Dry

The Future Will Not Be Dry

In a world of melting ice caps, storm surges, and tropical cyclones, the most resilient cities aren’t the ones that fight the water ... Read More

What Food Should Go Nude?

What Food Should Go Nude?

As consumers, we should worry less about the Styrofoam and plastic wrap encasing the ground beef—and take a pass on the shrink-wrapped ... Read More

Reality Is Too Confining

Reality Is Too Confining

We know that nature experiences can change environmental behavior—but it turns out those experiences don’t have to be real.

Spies Like Us

Spies Like Us

Armed with low-cost surveillance technologies, nonprofits aided by “citizen spies” are tracking fracking in Pennsylvania, flaring in ... Read More

Butter Is Toast

Butter Is Toast

Margarine has a significantly lower environmental impact than butter in four important areas: global warming potential (i.e., carbon ... Read More

Taming the Blue Frontier

Taming the Blue Frontier

Should the U.S. cultivate giant offshore fish farms in its piece of the sea or keep taking most of the fish we eat from foreign waters?

You Pay or We Drill

You Pay or We Drill

When Ecuador asked the world for $3.6 billion to not drill for oil, the world balked. But in terms of reining in carbon, Ecuador may be Read More

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