could be the building blocks of modern, sustainable architecture
It's thought that insect outbreaks lead to more severe wildfires, but new research suggests that the opposite is true.
Think of a pollinator and you’ll almost certainly think of a bee. It’s quite unlikely that you’ll think of a bird, much less a bat or a lizard — yet they too transport pollen and are experiencing declines both troubling and overlooked.
Bacteria could help detect carbon leaks, enhance carbon dioxide sequestration to prevent leaks, and potentially convert reservoirs into bioreactors making useful fuels and chemicals.
Increasing the availability of renewable electricity could encourage more consumers to buy electric vehicles, multiplying the benefits.
Many green buildings are designed with lots of windows to reduce the need for artificial light and heating. So there can be a tension between saving energy and saving birds.
An unconventional plan to convert methane emissions into carbon dioxide could help fight climate change given methane's much higher heat-trapping ability in the short term. But it's no substitute for emissions reductions, of course.
The amount of vegetation decreases with urbanization. But the productivity of the remaining vegetation increases, according to a new study.
A new see-through window coating could lessen the need for air-conditioning, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving millions of dollars in cooling costs.
Air quality monitoring stations may be inadequate to detect some sources of urban air pollution, but the solution could already be growing all around us.