NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint

NFTs don't even exist in the real world, but the market around them has a big effect on the planet.

Peter Howson, Senior Lecturer in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 1, 2021 ~7 min

Move over, corn and soybeans: The next biofuel source could be giant sea kelp

Making biofuels from crops grown on land poses trade-offs between food and fuel. A new study looks offshore.

Jessica Dutton, Associate Director for Research, USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies / Adjunct Assistant Professor (Research), USC Environmental Studies Program, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
April 1, 2021 ~6 min

Why hydrogen energy has seduced a generation of politicians

Hydrogen isn't very efficient, but it fits many business models.

Tom Baxter, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~6 min

The US just set ambitious offshore wind power targets – what will it take to meet them?

To increase renewable energy use, the Biden administration wants the US to go from seven offshore wind turbines today to enough to power 10 million homes within a decade.

Matthew Lackner, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
March 31, 2021 ~8 min

Homing in on longer-lasting perovskite solar cells

A new approach to identifying useful formulations could help solve the degradation issue for these promising new lightweight photovoltaics.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2021 ~7 min

Green Homes Grant scheme to insulate houses axed

Homeowners were invited to apply for grants to insulate houses but the scheme is being suddenly ended.

March 27, 2021 ~5 min

Design could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium batteries

Use of a novel electrolyte could allow advanced metal electrodes and higher voltages, boosting capacity and cycle life.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 25, 2021 ~7 min

India’s renewable energy targets could be even higher

India's ambitious target of 450 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030 could go even further, say three economists.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
March 24, 2021 ~10 min

How to improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once: Upgrade low-income housing

Building retrofits are no joke: They make dwellings healthier and more energy-efficient. And when they're done in low-income housing, they also reduce inequality.

Jonathan Levy, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University • conversation
March 24, 2021 ~9 min

Steel is vital to the green transition – here's how to scrub out the industry's emissions

Low-carbon alternatives for steelmaking are numerous – but which will be ready in time?

Stephen Carr, Lecturer in Energy Physics, University of South Wales • conversation
March 23, 2021 ~7 min