To get investors for farm energy projects, account for uncertainty

A new model could boost investment in anaerobic digesters, farm-based sustainable energy projects that generate electricity from manure.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 18, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture business electricity prediction sustainability

1 way to wash dishes is greener than the rest

There's one technique for washing dishes by hand that uses less water and energy than any machine or other hand-washing method, researchers say.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change emissions greenhouse-gas sustainability water

2B more people will likely live in cities by 2030

In 10 years, urban expansion into undeveloped land will destroy almost 112,000 square miles of natural habitat—an area larger than the United Kingdom.

Texas A&M University | Feb. 5, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity cities conservation land sustainability

‘Green’ schools may put kids in touch with environment

'Green' school buildings can serve as 3D textbooks, researchers say, to help kids better understand how their actions affect the environment.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment ecosystems education sustainability

Our pee could become fertilizer with low drug-resistance risk

"Aging" urine can deactivate 99% of antibiotic-resistant genes in bacteria in the urine, research finds. That means the pee could be safe fertilizer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Jan. 24, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine drug-resistance fertilizer sustainability urine wastewater-treatment

The average American household wastes $1,866 of food per year

US households waste about a third of the food they acquire, report economists. That means land, labor, and other resources are going to waste, as well.

Chuck Gill-Penn State | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment consumers economics food money sustainability united-states

To make better espresso, use less coffee

A new approach could help you make tastier espresso. The key? Using less coffee and the right grind, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon | Jan. 23, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology coffee food sustainability taste

‘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

2 ways to deal with invasive species without toxic stuff

New strategies for controlling invasive species, including quagga and zebra mussels, aren't toxic and take local ecosystems into consideration.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment invasive-species mussels sustainability water

‘Two-faced’ solar cells generate a lot more power

If solar panels could gather sunlight from two sides instead of one, they could generate up to 20% more power, a new formula shows.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity renewable-energy sunlight sustainability

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