Revolutionary techniques using traces of environmental DNA are analyzing entire ecosystems “from microbes to whales”
Aug. 2, 2019 • ~14 min
The humble bivalves can clean polluted water and bump up diversity — but in dammed rivers and fouled watersheds, many species face extinction. With help, maybe they can save themselves.
June 21, 2019 • ~16 min
Researchers and companies are working on new kinds of biodegradable packaging, bottles and other products that break down like compost.
May 24, 2019 • ~9 min
To understand what might be lost, ecologist Janet K. Jansson taps molecular methods to explore Earth’s underground microbes, from the permafrost to the grasslands
May 17, 2019 • ~13 min
Agricultural economists are homing in on hybrid, low-input methods that will both safeguard the environment and feed the future billions
May 10, 2019 • ~21 min
Feeding the planet — now and tomorrow — is no small task. Plant biologist Pamela Ronald says sustainability means using every tool in the toolbox.
May 9, 2019 • ~15 min
Earth-friendly certifications and standards abound for products like coffee, chocolate and palm oil. But do the programs work?
May 7, 2019 • ~16 min
Researchers probe the weather-like physics of deadly infernos
March 14, 2019 • ~21 min
The only way for humanity to solve its environmental problems may be to abandon our quest for continual economic expansion. It’s time to study what a future of degrowth might look like, some researchers say.
March 5, 2019 • ~12 min
After 100 years as a national park and eons as a geological wonder, the American icon continues to reveal layers of its past and of the landscape ahead
Feb. 26, 2019 • ~11 min