New firefly species turns up in Singapore swamp forest

Researchers have discovered a new species of firefly in Singapore's last remaining freshwater swamp forest.

National University of Singapore • futurity
April 6, 2021 ~5 min

Team maps effects of human activity on marine species over time

Human activity doesn't affect all species the same, according to a new global assessment that finds corals are the most affected marine organism on Earth.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 6, 2021 ~7 min

Mario Kart has lessons for fighting inequality

The classic racing game Mario Kart could inspire government programs to benefit poor farmers' bottom lines and the environment, a new paper argues.

Jessica Colarossi-Boston University • futurity
April 6, 2021 ~8 min

Climate labels might get you to buy different meat

A label describing a product's climate impact could get people to make more sustainable purchases, even those who'd rather avoid that kind of information.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 31, 2021 ~6 min

Graphene made from tires makes concrete stronger

A "flash" process turns old rubber tires into graphene. That graphene can make concrete stronger and reduce carbon emissions, a new study shows.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~5 min

Narwhal tusks show mercury spike in the Arctic

Just like rings in a tree trunk, a narwhal's tusks offer clues to climate change. A new study of tusks show a sharp rise in mercury in the Arctic.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
March 30, 2021 ~6 min

‘Fitbit’ for mussels could monitor freshwater for toxic stuff

A new sensor works like a FItbit to keep track of mussel activity. It could send alerts about toxic stuff in freshwater ecosystems.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
March 29, 2021 ~6 min

Los Angeles palm trees may be a major source of air pollution

As car emissions drop in LA thanks to environmental laws, palm trees and other green plants may be most concerning source of dangerous aerosol pollution.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
March 26, 2021 ~10 min

Taming the Mississippi cut carbon in the atmosphere

Human efforts to tame the Mississippi RIver have had an unexpected bonus: they've actually reduced carbon in the atmosphere.

Barri Bronston-Tulane • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~4 min

Predator poop keeps coral reefs healthy

Fish that dine on corals may pay it forward with their poop, which is jam-packed with all kinds of algae coral reefs depend on for survival.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~7 min