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What the “cold economy” means for a warming world nbsp; Article What the “cold economy” means for a warming world  
We’ll cross that bridge when we … nevermind   We’ll cross that bridge when we … nevermind Climate science tells us future weather is going to be dramatically different than it is today… Notable
Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them? nbsp; Feature Crop gene banks are preserving the future of agriculture. But who’s preserving them?  
46 million tons of trash — or treasure?   46 million tons of trash — or treasure? When we think of e-waste, we tend to think of phones, computers, printers and the like. But… Notable
Better photosynthesis for a better world?   Better photosynthesis for a better world? There’s no question that plants are better than most other life forms at converting carbon dioxide… Notable
How do those plants do that?   How do those plants do that? It will come as no surprise to Ensia readers that nature has a lot of answers we could use to solve… Notable
The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of nbsp; Feature The biggest source of plastic trash you’ve never heard of  
Why geoengineering can be only part of the climate solution nbsp; Voices Why geoengineering can be only part of the climate solution  
“Linking” semi trucks can result in huge fuel savings   “Linking” semi trucks can result in huge fuel savings Over the past year one of the hottest tech trends has been the race to develop autonomous — or… Notable
Could seasteading help solve our global food and energy crisis? nbsp; Voices Could seasteading help solve our global food and energy crisis?  
What works for worms   What works for worms Looking for inspiration for your innovation? The AskNature collection of National… Notable
Tracking pollution at a personal level   Tracking pollution at a personal level Two big stories from 2014 were the amount of air pollution in cities, especially in China, and the… Notable
How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel   How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel Each year, over two million long-haul trucks crisscrossing America consume nearly 36 billion… Notable
Visualizing the stories data can tell nbsp; Feature Visualizing the stories data can tell  
Climate resilience (with oysters)   Climate resilience (with oysters) Earth’s rising temperatures mean more glacier melt, sea-level rise and severe weather, and this… Notable
The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement nbsp; Article The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement  
Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow nbsp; Photo Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow  
Well water win-win   Well water win-win Solve two problems with one filter? That’s what Drinkwell aims to do. Begun through a… Notable
A strategic approach to plastics   A strategic approach to plastics Plastic’s versatility renders it almost indispensable in today’s world, but plastic waste is… Notable
A New Generation of GMOs nbsp; Feature A New Generation of GMOs  
Second Life for Shipping Waste nbsp; Video Second Life for Shipping Waste  
Not Such a Nutty Idea   Not Such a Nutty Idea It’s an unconventional question: What do you get when you mix coconut husk fibers and recycled… Notable
These nets save fish nbsp; Feature These nets save fish  
Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change?   Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change? Ants are mighty little creatures. They inhabit every continent on Earth except Antarctica. They can… Notable
A Smarter Solution to Smog   A Smarter Solution to Smog Last year, Beijing’s concentration of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) averaged nearly four times… Notable
Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood nbsp; Voices Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood  
Chemicals Are Skin Deep   Chemicals Are Skin Deep Ever wonder if all those strange sounding ingredients in your shampoo, deodorant or lipstick are… Notable
World of Solutions   World of Solutions In a world where climate disasters, pollution, and biodiversity loss dominate the news cycle, it’s… Notable
Climate Change up Close nbsp; Feature Climate Change up Close  
After the oil spill nbsp; Article After the oil spill  
Using Water to Clean Water   Using Water to Clean Water Clean drinking water is a basic necessity, and figuring out more efficient ways to purify water… Notable
What can an engineer learn from a eucalytpus? nbsp; Feature What can an engineer learn from a eucalytpus?  
Shrimp Shells to Plastic   Shrimp Shells to Plastic Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have… Notable
Biomimicry Goes To School nbsp; Video Biomimicry Goes To School  
Why rare earth recycling is rare — and what we can do about it nbsp; Feature Why rare earth recycling is rare — and what we can do about it  
A Long-term Forecast   A Long-term Forecast The impacts of climate change are being felt around the world, but have you ever wondered how they… Notable
Screen for Safer Chemicals   Screen for Safer Chemicals Inventors and others who want to factor in environment and health as they formulate new chemicals… Notable
Can Today’s Technology Save Us? nbsp; Feature Can Today’s Technology Save Us?  
Growing Up   Growing Up If you’re in the market for a new place with a natural setting surrounded by lush vegetation and… Notable
We (Heart) Innovation   We (Heart) Innovation Do you like generating novel ideas? You can have fun thinking them up and put them to good use… Notable
The First Energy Technology nbsp; Voices The First Energy Technology  
Energy Savings in 3-D   Energy Savings in 3-D Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, is among the many world-saving ideas… Notable
Making Light of Gravity   Making Light of Gravity Combine a weight, a rope, an LED, inspiration and some savvy crowdfunding, and what do you get… Notable
The Worth of a Tree   The Worth of a Tree Trees provide communities with many benefits: They offer energy-saving shade and shelter from wind… Notable
3-D Sustainability   3-D Sustainability Which is more environmentally friendly: purchasing mass-produced small plastic components or making… Notable
Landscaping for Sustainability nbsp; Article Landscaping for Sustainability  
Power Walk   Power Walk Power generation is taking a green step forward. Street tiles that capture the kinetic energy of… Notable
New Window on Energy Savings nbsp; Article New Window on Energy Savings  
Silent Green   Silent Green Among the many benefits green roofs and similar urban plantings provide is a quieting effect as… Notable
Conservation Crowdsourcing   Conservation Crowdsourcing Conservationists may soon have a powerful new tool in the fight against illegal fishing. FishNET… Notable
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