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.
A new study maps the EV transition through a justice lens
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers demonstrate the climate and financial benefits of EV ownership—and the danger of leaving vulnerable populations behind.
Groundbreaking process powered by the sun converts plastic and CO2 into fuel
In a promising step toward a more sustainable, circular economy, chemists have developed a reactor that turns two of the world’s most problematic waste streams into useful products
Green cooling tech is based on the idea of salt melting ice
By combining a salt and a solvent—both cheap and abundant—engineers developed a new refrigeration system that uses less energy and emits no greenhouse gases
Fusion vs Fission
Is the most climate-friendly nuclear technology the one we already have?
Nano-wizardry makes wood a green electricity source
With a simple one-step treatment that changes the nanostructure of wood, researchers have boosted the electricity it produces when wet--enough to light up LEDs and even laptops
Engineers use sticky tape to generate electricity
Simple energy harvester made with store-bought double-sided tape can light up a string of LEDs, hinting at bright future for low-cost sustainable power
As Europe offshores carbon cuts, is it a win-win or climate colonialism?
Switzerland wants to pay for Ghana’s decarbonization efforts.
Quantum computing gives rise to a clear window coating that cools buildings without using energy
Engineers used artificial intelligence and advanced computing to design a transparent coating that blocks the sun's heat and sends it from the window straight into outer space
Orchestrating chatter between appliances could save a surprising amount of energy
Researchers developed a clever algorithm to coordinate whole neighborhoods of air conditioners, water heaters, and heat pumps—all without comprising individual use.
Does the world need a non-proliferation treaty for fossil fuels?
At COP27, the EU is pushing a vote to make oil and gas as repugnant as nuclear weapons