Your wash cycle pollutes the land and the ocean

Thanks in part to our taste for "fast fashion" made from synthetic microfibers, our washing machines aren't just polluting the ocean, but the land, too.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability pollution consumers earth-and-environment clothing plastics

Mold-prone food seems more natural and ‘pure’

Many people consider food prone to mold more natural—and therefore better—than those with long shelf lives. Will COVID-19 change those beliefs?

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability covid-19 food health-and-medicine mold

Plant-based device could charge cars in minutes

A new green supercapacitor is flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective. It could charge your devices way faster, too, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity materials-science mobile-devices science-and-technology earth-and-environment supercapacitor

Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

Rather than having skyscraper windows reflect light and waste energy, transparent solar cells could turn them into power sources for buildings.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells buildings renewable-energy glass featured earth-and-environment transparency

Catalyst recycles carbon dioxide into useful fuels

A new catalyst turns carbon dioxide into useful fuels and chemicals really efficiently . It could pave way for large-scale CO2 recycling, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Aug. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability carbon-dioxide emissions earth-and-environment catalysts

FDA and consumers might go for ‘cell-based seafood’ label

New research identifies a possible terms for food made from the cells of fish or shellfish, rather than whole animals: cell-based seafood.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability food fish marketing meat consumers society-and-culture earth-and-environment

Homes of wealthy Americans spew 25% more emissions

The giant houses of wealthy Americans offset progress toward lower greenhouse gas emissions, report researchers. See the map.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change money housing emissions featured earth-and-environment neighborhoods

Uber or Lyft electric car swap saves 3X more carbon than yours

Swapping out a gas-powered Uber or Lyft vehicle with an electric car cuts emissions three times more than when an individual driver makes that switch, research finds.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sustainability emissions transportation apps earth-and-environment vehicles

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

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

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