Sewage sludge, grease combine to create more methane

A new way to combine sewage sludge and restaurant grease is the most efficient way to make methane yet, say researchers.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Nov. 13, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment methane renewable-fuels sewage sustainability wastewater-treatment

Food like tempeh tastes better with a backstory

A taste test with traditional and modern preparations of tempeh suggests knowing a food's backstory can improve its taste.

Lene Hundborg Koss-U. Copenhagen | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture emotions food indonesia soy taste

Loss of tropical forests will have ‘terrifying’ climate impact

"Losing Earth's remaining wilderness is devastating by itself, but climate impacts 626% greater than expected is terrifying."

Dominic Jarvis-Queensland | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured carbon-emissions climate-change forests

Why the Nile River hasn’t changed course in 30 million years

The path of the Nile River has remained unchanged for about 30 million years. Now scientists know why.

Monica Kortsha-Texas | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ancient-history geology mantle rivers topography

Tiny pest-eaters benefit from smaller farm fields

"...natural enemies can be more abundant when agricultural landscapes are made up of smaller farm fields." Natural enemies mean fewer pests eating crops.

U. Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture ecosystems insects pests shapes spiders

10-minute charging for electric cars may be on the way

A new battery could lead to super fast charging for electric cars. It would take just 10 minutes for a range of 200 to 300 miles.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology batteries electric-vehicles sustainability transportation vehicles

Extremely hot weather can hurt a company’s market value

Hot weather can ding a company's market value, which researchers say is evidence that the market recognizes climate risks, but undervalues them.

Julia Ann Easley-UC Davis | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment society-and-culture business climate-change money stock-market temperature

Sniffing out lizard poop could offer a way to save them

When combined with DNA identification, dogs trained to sniff out the scat of endangered lizards could offer a new noninvasive way to protect them.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation dna dogs lizards reptiles

Watch: How will 20 years of Houston’s growth affect flooding?

A new method can show how Houston has grown over the last 20 years, which can also serve as a warning about future flooding in the city.

Amy McCaig-Rice University | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment artificial-intelligence cities floods satellites

Climate change could double toxic arsenic in rice

Rice yields could decline about 40% by 2100, affecting about 2 billion people worldwide. What's more, the rice could contain twice as much toxic arsenic.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford | Nov. 1, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured arsenic food rice soil

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