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Artificial intelligence can track a coral reef’s health by learning its “song”
Researchers demonstrate how to tell damaged reefs from healthy ones using relatively cheap underwater recorders paired with new computer programs.
To decarbonize the grid, we need extraordinary power storage. This new device gets us closer.
With no moving parts, the solar cell-like device generates heat from electricity with a record-breaking efficiency higher than that of steam turbines.
Squid-inspired packaging keeps contents not too hot, not too cold, but just right
The inventive, heat-regulating material is cheap and recyclable, and provides an energy-efficient and sustainable solution for food and beverage containers.
Maybe there’s room for wildife and renewables on a crowded planet
As the countries rush to build more solar and wind power, conservationists worry it could crowd out wildlife. A new forecast suggests there's room for both in many places.
Strong, recyclable, and degradable: new sugar-based plastics are a sweet deal
Researchers were able to create plastics that are stiff or rubbery, and that performed as well, or even better, than commonly available plastics
Move over Medusa. Chemists turn carbon emissions into a solid—instantly
The commercially viable technique turns carbon dioxide back into solid carbon for building materials and other useful products.
The case for co-locating offshore wind parks and nature reserves
Wind parks could benefit the natural world—in ways beyond the generation of zero-carbon energy.
What will it take to shrink the carbon footprint of health care
A small but growing group of researchers and physicians are working to quantify the environmental impact of healthcare—and to reduce that impact without compromising patient care.
In a comparison of life-cycle emissions, EVs crushed combustion cars
“The elephant in the room is the supply chain of fossil fuel-powered vehicles, not that of electric vehicles,” says lead researcher.
Circular trash management is a powerful but overlooked climate solution
Garbage accounts for 8% of human-caused emissions of methane. A recent analysis found that switching to circular waste management could reduce emissions from garbage by as much as 88% by 2050.
A fundamentally new way to freeze foods could cut carbon emissions equal to 1 million cars
Frozen foods are a modern convenience that, for most people, is difficult to imagine living without. Freezing is a relatively cost-effective way to preserve nutrients and taste, but it also comes with a big energy and carbon emissions price tag.