Transparent wood product could give windows an insulation boost
Using cellulose nanofibers from wood pulp, a team have made a clear gel that can be sandwiched between existing window panes.
Which disease that mosquito gives you depends on a landscape’s human footprint
The most common insect-borne diseases change dramatically as a landscape goes from lightly-inhabited forest to jam-packed city, scientists find.
The most detailed life cycle analysis of food waste ever offers eye-popping revelations
Food waste contributes half of the annual carbon released by the entire global food system—a staggering 9.3 gigatons, double previous estimates
Who’s winning the race to net zero, presidents or mayors?
The answer will determine both the speed and efficacy of climate action.
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
For decades, humans have modeled technology on observations of the natural world. But new discoveries about nature—and tools for manipulating it—have opened up novel approaches potentially more powerful than mere imitation to solving Human Age problems.
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
Now it’s time to invest in climate
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The Anthropocene: Paul Crutzen’s Epochal Legacy
He came to science late in his life, helped to preserve the Earth’s protective ozone, and fundamentally changed our views of nature and ourselves
Tiny chemical “nanojars” could remove carbon dioxide from lakes and oceans
Acidification is a serious threat to coral reefs and other aquatic organisms, and researchers propose a simple way to remedy it
Just because a forest is protected, doesn’t mean it won’t get logged
Scientists use satellites to track deforestation in forest reserves around the world, and to learn what factors make for stronger protections.
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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