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December 8, 2019

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Over the course of several months, researchers created Escherichia coli strains that consume carbon dioxide for energy instead of organic compounds. This achievement in ... read more

Lost Trees Hugely Overrated as Environmental Threat, Study Finds

Cutting down trees inevitably leads to more carbon in the environment, but deforestation's contributions to climate change are vastly overestimated, according to a new ... read more
A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could ... read more

New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

A new way to convert carbon dioxide into the building block for sustainable liquid fuels was very efficient in tests and did not have the reaction that destroys the conventional ... read more
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Novel Way to ID Disease-Resistance Genes in Chocolate-Producing Trees Found

Chocolate-producing cacao trees that are resistant to a major pathogen were identified by an international team of plant geneticists. The findings point the way for plant breeders to develop trees ... read more

Using Green Products Leads to a Warm Glow in Shoppers

A new article suggests that spending some of that money on green products might make consumers feel quite a bit better about their purchases. The study looks at the so-called ... read more

Big Trucks, Little Emissions

Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas ... read more

Study Examines Women's Ability to Adapt Effectively to Climate Change

New research suggests that male migration and poor working conditions for women combine with institutional failure or poverty to hamper women's ability to adapt to climate variability and change ... read more

A Monkey's Balancing Act

Endangered monkeys living in the wild are intelligently adapting their lifestyle to fit with their human neighbors, learning to avoid manmade risks and exploiting increased contact with people, new ... read more

Meeting the Challenges Facing Fisheries Climate Risk Insurance

Insurance schemes with the potential to improve the resilience of global fisheries face a host of future challenges, researchers ... read more

A New World Map Rates Food Sustainability for Countries Across the Globe

A global food system sustainability study builds the first map of its kind to score the sustainability of food systems, country-by-country. The study goes beyond usual questions of productivity and ... read more

Big Plans to Save the Planet Depend on Nanoscopic Materials Improving Energy Storage

Scientists present a comprehensive analysis of two decades of energy storage research involving nanomaterials. The authors lay out a roadmap for how this technology can enable the world's urgent ... read more

Almost a Third of Tropical Africa's Flora Faces Extinction

31.7% of tropical Africa's vascular plant species could be threatened with extinction, reveals an international study. Using a new approach based on the key elements of the assessment process ... read more

Chemists Create New Route to PHAs: Naturally Degradable Bioplastics

A new study demonstrates a chemical catalysis path for making an existing class of biomaterials called PHAs -- already gaining momentum in industrial settings -- even more commercially viable and ... read more

Smart Buildings Face Challenges but Have Plenty of Potential

Scientists have examined the concepts of occupant-centric control in the burgeoning field of smart buildings. They propose future directions for OCC research by providing recommendations to address ... read more

When Grown Right, Palm Oil Can Be Sustainable

Turning an abandoned pasture into a palm tree plantation can be carbon neutral, according to a new study. These findings, based on measurements of 56-year-old palm tree plantations in Colombia, ... read more

Beyond the Green Revolution

There has been a substantial increase in food production over the last 50 years, but it has been accompanied by a narrowing in the diversity of cultivated crops. New research shows that diversifying ... read more

Decarbonizing the Power Sector

Electricity supply is one of the biggest CO2 emitters globally. To keep global warming well below 2°C, several paths lead to zero emissions in the energy sector, and each has its potential ... read more

Get Over It? When It Comes to Recycled Water, Consumers Won't

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it's perfectly safe and tastes as good -- or better -- than their drinking water. They may even agree it's an answer to the ... read more

Saving 'Half Earth' for Nature Would Affect Over a Billion People

Plans to save biodiversity must take into account the social impacts of conservation if they are to succeed, say ... read more

Novel Direct Thermal Charging Cell Converts Low-Grade Waste Heat to Usable Electricity

Engineers can now efficiently convert heat into electricity, creating a huge potential to reduce greenhouse effects by capturing exhaust heat and cutting down primary energy ... read more

How Much Energy Do We Really Need?

Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New research for ... read more

Bigger Doesn't Mean Better for Hatchery-Released Salmon

A recent study examines hatchery practices in regards to how Chinook salmon hatcheries in the PNW are affecting wild populations over the past decades. Over 65 years, Chinook salmon hatcheries in the ... read more

Ocean Studies Look at Microscopic Diversity and Activity Across Entire Planet

Two new articles use samples and data collected during the Tara Oceans Expedition to analyze current ocean diversity across the planet, providing a baseline to better understand climate change's ... read more

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