Why do people choose vegetarianism?

The most committed vegetarians make the change for the sake of animals, research shows. But people have other reasons for shifting to vegetarianism, too.

Karen Nikos-UC Davis
April 3, 2020 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: society-and-culture food sustainability

Farms with diverse crops protect animals and the climate

Farms with diverse crops can protect endanged species and biodiversity while also standing up better to the effects of climate change, researchers say.

Stanford
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity climate-change conservation sustainability

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture california climate-change farmers food laws pollution sustainability

Team transforms old tires in super-light aerogels

Researchers used old tires to create aerogels with applications for oil refineries, refrigerators, and even in the insoles of your favorite pair of shoes.

National University of Singapore
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment gels materials-science rubber sustainability

Safe electric car battery lasts for 1 million miles

A new lithium-ion battery for electric cars offers both safety and high performance—and can last for 1 million miles.

Walt Mills-Penn State
March 5, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology batteries electric-vehicles lithium-ion sustainability

Tropical nations aren’t ready for fish stocks to vanish

As climate change drives huge changes in fish stocks around the world, the nations that rely on them could be in serious trouble.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 25, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change economics fish fisheries north-africa oceans sustainability

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

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