Energy & Decarbonization Stories
Capping and/or mitigating global warming requires a rapid shift to low-carbon socio-economic systems. From stories about scaling up renewable energy to pioneering work in solar fuels to carbon capture and storage technologies, Anthropocene magazine aims to be a leading voice in the conversation about this great transition.
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
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.
Reshoring solar panel production could help the U.S. meet its climate goals
In a life-cycle analysis of solar panel manufacturing, researchers find domestically produced panels have a smaller carbon footprint than imported ones.
Who’s winning the race to net zero, presidents or mayors?
The answer will determine both the speed and efficacy of climate action.
Done right, the common practice of rock-crushing could slash construction emissions
Engineers show that grinding rocks in the presence of pure carbon dioxide could trap as much carbon as a forest the size of Germany
Piss and vinegar: ingredients for ecofriendly battery recycling
Chemists use a solvent made from urea and acetic acid to recover cobalt from lithium-ion batteries at low temperatures without creating harmful byproducts
Inside Europe’s people-powered green transition
A quantitative analysis of citizen-led sustainable energy initiatives reveals surprising heft
What’s the carbon fallout of Russia’s war on Ukraine?
While death, destruction and war crimes dominate the headlines, some striking climate implications are now also coming into focus
Researchers crack the code for economically turning plastic waste into fuel
Making new straws and plastic bags is much cheaper than recycling them. Could this fast, low-temperature, low energy upcycling process solve the problem?
Move over direct air capture. Pulling CO2 from the ocean could be more efficient.
Engineers have devised an elegantly simple new system to pull greenhouse gas from seawater. No membranes. No chemicals. And a lot less energy required.