Turning sunlight into liquid fuels or hydrogen gas could address solar power’s biggest limitations
by allowing people to buy and sell energy in small increments from, and to, their neighbors
Bookmarks for a Human Age
Death is inevitable, but its environmental toll may not have to be.
Norway ushers in an era of energy-positive architecture
Improved technology could give fish farms a sustainable foothold far from the ocean
Trying to make nature valuable has had a disappointing track record.
There could be more than 60 billion of them on the planet
An interview with Kim Stanley Robinson: Climate change, science fiction, and our collective failure of imagination
For decades, humans have modeled technology on observations of the natural world. But new discoveries about nature—and tools for ... Read More
Darwinian theory is based on the idea that heredity flows vertically, parent to offspring, and that life’s history has branched like a ... Read More
The question “What makes us human?” is typically answered in terms of differences. The traits proposed to define us—tool use, language, Read More
Tech companies are rapidly networking the environment in ways that will transform our perception of nature—just as social media ... Read More
Welcome to the brave new world of artificial intelligence for conservation
Thinking about apocalypse, like thinking about one’s own death, is not something that most of us have much enthusiasm for
A revival of rainwater harvesting is occurring around the world, as desert communities restore traditional systems known as rain ... Read More
A photo essay on the rise of edible packaging
The search for biodegradable drugs
Amphibious structures are not static; they respond to floods like ships to a rising tide, floating on the water’s surface.
The material that built the modern world is due for an upgrade. What if we could transform cement from a climate wrecker into a carbon Read More
You would need to drive an electric car more than 50,000 km in Quebec and 150,000 km in Germany to outcompete a conventional car in ... Read More
Can farmers get the same food production under solar panels that they currently do growing lettuce for your dinner table the ... Read More
Almost imperceptibly, we are stepping off the consumption treadmill
To clean up our carbon mess, we don’t just need more forests, we need better forests in the right places
When stargazers look for animals
Bond markets are beginning to unlock climate finance
Illegal fishing is getting harder, thanks to public surveillance from space
Mining landfills for metals and energy
Yeast-derived “animal products” may soon be part of an environmentally balanced diet
Ted Nordhaus reviews The Wizard and The Prophet by Charles Mann
How computerized arugula (aka roquette) farms take over the world
In more and more pockets of the industrial landscape, the byproducts of one process are becoming the raw materials for another, trash ... Read More
A solar border would alleviate a range of binational problems. For one, it would have a civilizing effect.
Soundscape ecology plunges us into a wilder world beyond the mundane and merely visual
Researchers will track migratory animals from the International Space Station to predict the next pandemic
Any climate plan that doesn’t consider this question is bound to fail.
New experiments are pushing artificial intelligence and sensor networks into the grid—and into factories, data centers, and transit ... Read More
Geoengineering demands a new way of looking at the world—one that can be troubling.
Here’s a coal retirement plan that doesn’t rely on uninvented technology or science-challenged leaders.
The Human Age will be shaped by the species we create and foster as well as the ones we kill off
The story of energy use, economic growth, and carbon emissions in four charts.
New, mass-timber engineering could transform the twenty-first-century city from a carbon source into a carbon sink
Drug legalization could both help and hurt the environment
Small changes to flight routes could deliver big climate savings
Energy subsidies and the G20: Do as I say, not as I do.
Imagine a culinary future with in vitro meat . . .The real thing may not be as far away as you think
Managed collectively, backyards could become more biodiverse landscapes
Less frequent laundering may not offset the additional environmental impacts of using antimicrobial silver nanoparticles in textiles.
As we brace for fresh environmental onslaughts to be leveled by the incoming administration, a sleeper cell in the federal government ... Read More
Regulators are beginning to rewrite the economic rules
You could be forgiven if you thought the European Union—historically a leader on low-carbon finance and policy efforts—would have a ... Read More
Making creative accommodations for the urban wild
And no traffic lights. And no parking lots. It isn’t hard to do.
An international competition challenges designers to show that clean energy production and dazzling public art can be one and the same
China and Ghana are looking less and less like electronic wastebaskets and more and more like leaders in a powerful, informal green economy
Researchers dig into the efficacy of urban agriculture
The word “anthropocene” has become the closest thing there is to common shorthand for this turbulent, momentous, unpredictable, ... Read More
Attributing water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to countries rather than industrial sectors is a leading example of how the ... Read More
And other things made from greenhouse gases
Tiny houses and great cathedrals, carbon-neutral skyscrapers and Airstream trailers: architecture is among the greatest of human ... Read More
The indoor biome covers as much as six percent of the world’s landmass—and we know almost nothing about it.
The ultimate literature of the imagination calls upon us to do more than merely invent or imitate the apocalypse
offers a glimpse into the new wild
First amp up R&D then fade in a carbon tax
could be the building blocks of modern, sustainable architecture
Some aspects of dirty living can be healthy. A new study posits that the decline of plant and animal diversity in cities may be linked ... Read More
Pictures make a story come alive—and in the climate change story, one of the main characters is invisible. Carbon Visuals helps people ... Read More
In a world of melting ice caps, storm surges, and tropical cyclones, the most resilient cities aren’t the ones that fight the water ... Read More
As consumers, we should worry less about the Styrofoam and plastic wrap encasing the ground beef—and take a pass on the shrink-wrapped ... Read More
We know that nature experiences can change environmental behavior—but it turns out those experiences don’t have to be real.
Armed with low-cost surveillance technologies, nonprofits aided by “citizen spies” are tracking fracking in Pennsylvania, flaring in ... Read More
Margarine has a significantly lower environmental impact than butter in four important areas: global warming potential (i.e., carbon ... Read More
Should the U.S. cultivate giant offshore fish farms in its piece of the sea or keep taking most of the fish we eat from foreign waters?