Our team of science writers pore through stacks of the latest climate and sustainability science and bring you a hand-picked selection of the most compelling research from around the world, a compendium found nowhere else.
An ambitious mapping project identifies the overlap between crops and biodiversity threats
One pattern that emerged: beef, rice, and soybeans are produced in conservation priority areas, while barley and wheat, are sourced from lower risk areas.
Hot rocks could be the next big energy storage technology
Soapstone, widely used in cooking appliances and countertops, could be an ideal low-cost material to store the sun’s heat for electricity
Air quality monitors could be accidental eDNA vacuums . . .and a goldmine for ecologists
When the scientists combed through filters from just 2 stations, they found eDNA from newts, hedgehogs, songbirds, trees and more—over 180 species in all.
Reaching net-zero emissions could triple U.S. energy jobs by 2050
In most parts of the country, new green-energy jobs more than offset lost fossil-fuel employment
40% of their study area used no till farming. Researchers asked what if it was 100%? Results were astounding.
It would take 10,000 years to reach the levels of soil loss that will unfold in just a century under business as usual.
High-efficiency silicon solar cells go on a roll
Lightweight and flexible, these solar cells could power airships and drones, or be easily integrated into electric vehicles and building facades
Coyotes gamble on human company to avoid wolves. It’s a bad bet.
Coyotes and bobcats appear to shift toward human landscapes when wolves and cougars live nearby, with deadly consequences.
Curbside recycling turns out to be a surprisingly good climate investment
A comprehensive review of municipal waste management systems found that recycling is on par with investing in electric vehicles and green power
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.
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