PODCAST: Once fringe and futuristic, this renewable energy shines brightly today as a cheap and efficient source of energy. Still, it remains controversial — for much different reasons.
Jan. 13, 2021 • ~16 min
After the catastrophic fires of the past decade, land managers may need to reseed vast acreages. Can they buffer against climate change in the process?
Dec. 16, 2020 • ~20 min
Trafficking in wild animal and plant products is driving species to extinction, but some researchers think restrictions only spur demand and make things worse
Nov. 13, 2020 • ~19 min
As the threat of coastal flooding grows, scientists are responding with an inundation of data. Faster and more accurate forecasts can save lives and property.
Nov. 11, 2020 • ~12 min
When polymers prove resistant to recycling, new chemical techniques can do the job of breaking them down for reuse
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~7 min
Modern industry has made great strides in turning trash into tomorrow’s new products, but the process is still a long way from perfect. New technologies can help. Plus, updates on chemical recycling, design for recycling and dirty recycling.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~27 min
Epidemics of forest-felling diseases are on the rise thanks to globetrotting pathogens that slip through even the best defenses. To prevent further losses, scientists are turning to high-tech surveillance and detection, even canine noses.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~23 min
The controversial technology of reflecting sunlight away from the planet could help blunt the worst impacts of climate change
Sept. 16, 2020 • ~15 min
Glaciologists dream of a cold-storage vault in Antarctica to preserve key samples of the paleoclimate
May 28, 2020 • ~14 min
Where other species succumbed, the killifish survived contaminated habitats. It’s a finding that could help researchers understand environmental risk factors for humans.
April 23, 2020 • ~13 min