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.
There’s an environmental rebound problem in the food-sharing economy
In a new study, researchers made a surprising discovery: the environment benefits of online food sharing are often undone by how consumers spend their saved cash.
Clothes recycling depends on sorting fabric blends. This clever invention can do that.
Engineers devised an invisible fiber containing data on a fabric’s composition and origin—it can be woven into garments and read like a barcode.
Want to jumpstart habitat restoration? Try a soil transplant.
Work to restore ecosystems have long struggled. Now scientists say and injection of natural soil - and all the microbes and plants mixed in - could help.
When they ran the math, researchers landed on some surprising bets for climate action
Opting for an early transition to a decarbonized society pays off—even if the probability of achieving climate targets like 1.5°C is very low.
Researchers dig deep into the huge potential value of industrial food waste
Starch-heavy foods such as popcorn and old pizza can be used to make bioplastics and high fiber wastes like tomato peels and eggshells are excellent fillers for tires and other rubber products
Wood, now turbocharged with carbon-capture powers
Researchers created a novel wood composite that contains CO2-absorbing materials, paving the way for carbon-negative furniture and structures.
Scientists dissect the nuanced choreography of two top predators: humans and dolphins
The keys to saving this imperiled and unusual display of intraspecies cooperation are cracking down on overfishing and rewarding dolphin-friendly fishers
Are gas or electric appliances better for the climate? The answer is a moving target.
When researchers assessed the break-even point between gas and electric appliances for 25 countries, they found only 5 where electricity is now clearly more climate-friendly. But that will change.
An overlooked opportunity for kelp farms to double as pollution cleanup sites
Macroalgae get a lot of attention for absorbing carbon. But a new study shows that select species are better at cleaning up nitrogen than carbon.
Squid-inspired smart windows could slash building energy use
Liquid-filled panels that dynamically change how they let light through could cut the energy costs of heating, cooling, and lighting buildings by over 40%