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.
Researchers take a first step toward decoupling livestock feed from the land
Pushing the boundaries of synthetic nutrition, researchers have turned CO2 from the air into a protein substitute for animal feed.
Massive turbine blades make for massive waste streams. Chemists have found a way to break them down for reuse.
Whereas previous recycling techniques have focused on material redesign, this new technique works on today’s turbine blade materials
How an explosion in urban beekeeping coincided with a decline in wild pollinators
"Just as we wouldn’t advocate keeping backyard chickens to save the birds, we shouldn’t look to beekeeping to save the bees,” say researchers.
Solar-powered airships could help climate-friendly air travel get off the ground
In a new study, researchers calculate airship travel would have a mere 1/20th the climate impact of conventional aviation
There’s a massive multi-billion dollar ecosystem just beneath the waves
Until now, there have been no thorough estimates of the value of kelp forests. When researchers recently tallied it up, the figured they came up with was $500 billion a year.
Stronger paper bags could be the answer to throwaway plastic
A simple technique to make paper bags stronger, even when wet, would make them more reusable—and they can still be used for biofuel at the end
Data-deficient species are a conservation blind spot. Geneticists found a way to see through it.
They discovered that single animal’s DNA contains clues to the extinction risk of the entire species.
Imagine highways that efficiently transport electricity, hydrogen fuel—and vehicles at staggering speeds
The superconducting technology actually exists. It’s the ingenious combination of functions that could put the cost within reach.
Do zero-deforestation commitments by the world’s largest slaughterhouses work? Actually, yes.
When researchers tracked supply chains, they found that existing commitments have already reduced Amazon deforestation by 15%—if policies were implemented across all companies, that number shoots up to 51%.
The surprising appliance that could make solar panels easier to produce and recycle
Microwaves could process silicon solar cells using less time and energy than high-temperature furnaces, while also making panels easier to disassemble and recycle