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.
How you count birds can make all the difference in airport design
When they conducted a network analysis to track bird movement, researchers discovered a better way to evaluate the impacts of big infrastructure projects
Which tool best coaxes climate-friendly habits: Information, money, or social signals?
A wide-ranging and comprehensive analysis of over 400 studies set out to find the most effective interventions. Spoiler: It isn’t information.
To reduce meat consumption, what message works best: animal welfare or climate change?
Researchers found that consumers were more likely to support a German meat tax focused on welfare than one promising to tackle farm emissions.
Coconuts and lemons are novel ingredients for energy-efficient buildings
Infusing engineered wood with citrus peel and coconut oil extracts gives a sustainable material that stores heat during the day and releases it at night
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
Solar panels handle heat better when they’re combined with crops
New study finds that an optimal arrangement of solar panels on farms can cool the panels down by 10 degrees—crucial for their efficiency.
Chemists use bacteria to convert CO2 in the air into bioplastic
A new simple hybrid setup allows bacteria to capture CO2 and produce biodegradable plastic for days, boosting output by 100x previous efforts.
Study quantifies the under-appreciated ways in which wildlife are part of the carbon equation
Restoring populations of otters, wolves, whales, fish and other ecosystem-shaping creatures could capture an eye-popping 6.4 billion tons of CO2 annually
How daylight saving time could help fight climate change
Setting clocks forward was introduced to reduce the need for artificial lighting, but it turns out to reduce the need for air conditioning as well
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