Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bees crops insecticide pesticides pollinators

Grades could give old electric car batteries a ‘second life’

Researchers have figured out how to give electric car batteries that have reached the end of their life new potential, which is better for the environment.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

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

Bugs and heat will do major damage to crops as temps rise

Climate models may underestimate potential crop losses as a result of rising temperatures because they leave out how stressed plants react.

Igor Houwat-Michigan State | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture climate-change insects temperature

School gardens reconnect kids with food

In a world where it can seem to children that food miraculously appears on the plate, school gardens offer a way to get them back in touch with their food

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri | Jan. 21, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured health-and-medicine farmers food gardens schools

‘Smart building skins’ change shape in the heat

See how smart skins for buildings that react to environmental cues like heat or light could make the structures far more energy efficient.

National Science Foundation | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured buildings materials-science sustainability

Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation ecosystems fish oceans temperature

Irrigation keeps things cool in extreme heat

"...while global warming increases the likelihood of hot extremes almost globally, in some regions, irrigation expansion cancels or even reverses this effect.”

ETH Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change heat irrigation southeast-asia water

‘Perfect droughts’ hit California water sources 6 times a century

Widespread "perfect droughts" affect southern California water sources about six times a century, according to a study of tree rings going back to 1126.

Mari Jensen-Arizona | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment california droughts tree-rings water

Fake photosynthesis turns CO2 into ‘green methane’

An artificial photosynthesis panel could use sunlight and water to convert carbon dioxide from smokestacks into usable "green methane."

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide methane nanotechnology photosynthesis sunlight

Neighbors’ solar panels can shift climate change beliefs

Adding more solar panels to a neighborhood can increase the number of people living there who believe that human action causes climate change.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beliefs climate-change neighborhoods renewable-energy social-lives

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