Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists

We need to move towards 'sufficiency-oriented' lifestyles.

Manfred Lenzen, Professor of Sustainability Research, School of Physics, University of Sydney • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  climate-change  inequality

Five ways to kickstart a green recovery

How to trigger eco-innovations after COVID-19.

Raimund Bleischwitz, Chair in Sustainable Global Resources, UCL • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  sustainability  green-economy

What electric car drivers want in charging stations

New research uses machine learning to gauge people's views on the available charging stations for electric vehicles.

Michael Pearson-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability infrastructure electric-vehicles consumers earth-and-environment vehicles

From delayed deceleration to Zooming

Jacqueline Thomas PhD ’20 recounts her final academic year at MIT, from once-in-a-lifetime field work to a virtual thesis defense.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
June 14, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: sustainability aircraft covid-19 pandemic data graduate profile research aviation students school-of-engineering alumniae aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering computer-modeling postdoctoral air-traffic

Desalination device turns brine into useful chemicals

A new approach to desalination avoids the need for disposing potentially hazardous chemicals in local ecosystems.

Michelle Horton-Stanford • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability water earth-and-environment salt

Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

It's time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up

There's growing interest in making the US food system more resilient and flexible, but soil – the origin of nearly everything we eat – is often left out of the picture.

Sarah M. Collier, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture soil dust-bowl erosion food-systems food-sustainability soil-health soil-degradation postpandemic-future

Coating made from eggs protects fresh produce

A coating made from eggs that would otherwise be headed to landfills can keep produce fresher for longer. It's also edible or easily washed off.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability food eggs fruit vegetables science-and-technology coatings

'Plastic-free' fashion is not as clean or green as it seems

While natural fibre textiles like cotton have generated an environmentally friendly reputation in recent years they might be just as bad as microplastic textiles like polyester and Nylon.

Kieran Phelan, PhD Researcher in economic geography, University of Nottingham • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability environment marketing fashion cotton sustainable-fashion

Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy funding research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering nuclear-power-and-reactors

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