Artificial leaves can now directly make liquid fuels
The latest evolution of the artificial leaf converts carbon dioxide and water into high-energy ethanol that can be directly used in car engines
Paying people a guaranteed income could protect biodiversity. For a very high price.
New research suggests that a conservation basic income could be fair and effective. It could also cost as much as $6 trillion per year.
By century-end, farm numbers will halve and farm size will double. How will biodiversity fare?
“This world in which significantly fewer large farms replace numerous smaller ones carries major rewards and risks for the human species and the food systems that support it,” the new study says.
We’ve reached a fork in the fertilizer road: Which path keeps food cheap and the world cool?
More (but greener) fertilizer or less fertilizer (and less meat)
It's time to upgrade not just our technology, but also our collective imagination.
Discover Anthropocene’s newest and most forward-looking project: Climate reporting from the future
The Upcycled Car by Mark Harris
Enhanced Rock Weathering by Dan Ferber
How to Shrink the Carbon Footprint of Health Care by Sarah DeWeerdt
Carbon Negative Construction by Lucy Wang
Glacial Elevation Operations by Kim Stanley Robinson
‘Future foods’ could make our diets more nutritious and sustainable
Eating protein-rich algae, insects and lab-cultured meats is more than a dietary fad: it could bring benefits for our health and the environment.
Strategic EV charging could eliminate the need for costly new infrastructure
If everyone charges their EV at the same time, it could break the grid. Researchers have come up with a simple, elegant solution to the problem
A new discovery could unleash the full potential of switchgrass for making biofuel
The clue, researchers find, lies in the roots, where starch-storing rhizomes seem to control rates of photosynthesis.
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The UK could comfortably cut energy use in half to meet climate targets. Here’s how.
A new study suggests that reducing energy demand is a cheap, reliable strategy to fight climate change.
Power storage for a renewable-based electric grid could be parked next door
A new study estimates that enough EV battery storage could be available to stabilize a solar- and wind-based grid by 2050
If at first you don’t succeed, flush flush again.
After decades of failure, the tide has finally turned in the battle against invasive species in the Great Lakes. Scientists say the main reason is mandatory saltwater flushing of ship ballast tanks.
Scientists glimpse into the Internet-fueled global trade in insects, spiders, and scorpions
Bugs can survive shipping through the mail—and as such, the insect pet trade has flourished beneath the regulatory radar. Tackling the problem requires novel approaches to wildlife trade.
What if evolution isn’t linear, as Charles Darwin proposed when he first sketched the tree of life?
Amphibious architecture responds to floods like ships to a rising tide, floating on the water’s surface.
The godlike powers of geoengineering irrevocably change the human’s relationship with Planet Earth.
What is the optimal rollout of carbon taxes and research subsidies to speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy?
Welcome to the brave new world of artificial intelligence for conservation.
The rise of fast fashion and the technology that needs to change to keep your clothes out of the garbage.
Some economies may be quietly, and surprisingly approaching a phenomenon economists call “peak stuff.
What if we could transform cement from a climate wrecker into a carbon sponge?
The climate change apocalypse problem
The word “anthropocene” has become the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this turbulent, momentous, unpredictable, hopeless, hopeful time—duration and scope still unknown
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