‘Wizard of Oz’ experiment shows promise for smart sinks

A fake autonomous sink (with a researcher hidden behind a wall controlling things) proves there's potential for "smart sinks" to save water.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation design water

How much longer will trees suck up CO2?

Trees are great at removing carbon dioxide from the air, which can help fight climate change, but how long will that help last?

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change conservation deforestation forests trees

We’re really doing a number on the world’s oceans

In the last ten years, the impacts of overfishing, pollution, shipping, and other human activities on the oceans have doubled—and may double again.

Jenny Seifert-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change conservation fishing oceans pollution

What a million corals in 2,500 reefs tell us about saving them

Researchers examined more than a million corals one-by-one for a new study on what we can do to save reefs in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Tom Vasich-UC Irvine | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment algae climate-change conservation corals oceans

Environmental crime goes way beyond poaching

Environmental crime doesn't always take the form we might expect.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Aug. 13, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation crimes government money pollution

Talk about loss to boost support for environmental causes

New research highlights a way of talking about environmental causes that appeals to both liberals and conservatives.

Jim Logan-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation emotions politics public-policy rhetoric

Raise costs for water in cities to better handle droughts?

A new simulation shows how changing the incentives for using and storing water could help deal with droughts while also meeting demand.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 2, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture cities conservation droughts money rivers water

Big flocks don’t always signal waterbird hotspots

"If we want to preserve our beaches, shorelines, and rivers we need to know which areas are actually hotspots that need conserving."

Jessi Adler-Michigan State | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beaches birds conservation lakes rivers

Loggers and poachers threaten wildlife in the Republic of Congo

Poaching, logging, and other human activities are threatening the forests of the Republic of Congo and the incredible diversity of wildlife that live there.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | July 24, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity conservation forests logging

With smart action, hope isn’t lost for coral reefs

"...we know enough of the science to act—and with the effects of climate change only increasing, we have little time to waste..."

U. Washington | July 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change conservation corals

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