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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
Air pollution impacts brain development before birth   Air pollution impacts brain development before birth A study published today in JAMA Psychology outlines the negative impacts of prenatal exposure to… Notable
Water woes — and winners   Water woes — and winners Businesses can barely use the word “water” today without also adding… Notable
“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
What works for worms   What works for worms Looking for inspiration for your innovation? The AskNature collection of National… Notable
Which coffee do birds like best?   Which coffee do birds like best? When it comes to shade-grown coffee, “there is shade and there is shade,” says University of Utah… Notable
Climate resiliency with termite mounds   Climate resiliency with termite mounds What do termites have to do with climate change? Potentially a lot, according to research recently… Notable
Peak (almost) everything   Peak (almost) everything The concept of resource use peaking and then declining first gained ground in the 1950s when M… Notable
New survey highlights global sustainability opportunities   New survey highlights global sustainability opportunities A recent survey of over 6,000 public and private sector leaders in 21 countries reveals strong… Notable
Seeds of change in sub-Saharan Africa   Seeds of change in sub-Saharan Africa In the late 1900s, as per-acre grain yields moved to 3 metric tons per hectare in South and… 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
Thought for food   Thought for food How on Earth are we going to figure out how to feed the 9.5 billion people who will be inhabiting… Notable
Another source of methane release   Another source of methane release Mary Kang wasn’t even originally looking at methane emissions. The Princeton doctoral candidate was… Notable
Taking the pressure off desalination   Taking the pressure off desalination California-based PAX Pure hopes to offer a new solution to water scarcity with its groundbreaking… Notable
Treating environmental crime like other crime   Treating environmental crime like other crime The illegal exportation of waste throughout the European Union, the trafficking of endangered… Notable
If a tree falls in the supply chain …   If a tree falls in the supply chain … Forests provide habitat for over half of the world’s terrestrial plant and animal species, mitigate… Notable
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
Looking for a solid investment? How about conservation?   Looking for a solid investment? How about conservation? Between 2009 and 2013, impact investors poured close to $23 billion into conservation projects such… Notable
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
Dyeing to be green   Dyeing to be green The textile industry uses copious amounts of water to dye fabrics — by some estimates, 25 liters of… 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
Disruptive Innovation Festival   Disruptive Innovation Festival The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s first-ever Disruptive Innovation Festival debuts online Oct. 20… Notable
Sunscreen’s Dark Side   Sunscreen’s Dark Side In 2013, more than 200 million tourists sunbathed on Mediterranean beaches. You can bet that most… Notable
Corporations and Carbon Pricing   Corporations and Carbon Pricing Think liberals and environmental hipsters are leading the way on carbon pricing? Think again… Notable
Planting Trees to Fight Ozone   Planting Trees to Fight Ozone Among other benefits, trees are valuable for their ability to clean the air around us. Last week… Notable
Water Wedges   Water Wedges As seen in California’s ongoing drought, water acquisition is not just an issue in the developing… Notable
Vanishing Invertebrates   Vanishing Invertebrates Invertebrates — including insects, worms and crustaceans — are usually pretty small, but they have… Notable
What Are Birds Trying to Tell Us?   What Are Birds Trying to Tell Us? When songbird populations started dropping across the U.S. in the 1950s, conservationist Rachel… Notable
Conservation Crime-Stoppers   Conservation Crime-Stoppers You’ve heard about the problem of environmental crime, from poaching to murder. Individuals… Notable
Stop and Smell the Coral   Stop and Smell the Coral Marine protected areas are a popular way to try and combat the massive decline of coral reefs… Notable
Water Savers   Water Savers With record-breaking droughts, rising temperatures and more than half of the United States… Notable
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
The Cost of Environmental Crime   The Cost of Environmental Crime For $200 billion, you could buy two International Space Stations, Facebook or Peru’s economy. But… Notable
One Billion Devices   One Billion Devices Increasing standards of living mean more — literally hundreds of millions more — computers, cell… Notable
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
Fishing for a Solution   Fishing for a Solution As writer Rowan Jacobsen explores in our recent feature “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” animal… Notable
Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too   Have Your Steak and Eat It, Too In our recent feature, “Has Meat Met Its Match?,” writer Rowan Jacobsen explores ways people can… Notable
Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits   Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits For many, sitting alone in a vehicle in a traffic jam on the way to work is a fact of life. But are… Notable
The Bright Side of the Megacity   The Bright Side of the Megacity Writing in Foreign Policy, journalist Jonathan Kalan argues that the media, environmentalists and… Notable
Playing It Cool   Playing It Cool On a hot, sunny day, dark roofs and pavements in Houston reach a smoldering 160 degrees. Startling… Notable
Chemicals Are Skin Deep   Chemicals Are Skin Deep Ever wonder if all those strange sounding ingredients in your shampoo, deodorant or lipstick are… Notable
A Moving Study   A Moving Study As the world’s climate changes and severe weather events become more common one phenomenon of… Notable
Old News   Old News Be prepared: The world is not only getting more crowded, it’s also getting older. A recent Pew… Notable
World of Solutions   World of Solutions In a world where climate disasters, pollution, and biodiversity loss dominate the news cycle, it’s… Notable
Getting Wind Energy off the Ground   Getting Wind Energy off the Ground When it comes to wind power, the sky isn’t the limit — it’s the opportunity. Researchers at the… Notable
Here Comes the Megacity   Here Comes the Megacity Earlier this week, in the second installment of our Envision 2050 series, in which experts from… Notable
Reducing Food Waste — Naturally   Reducing Food Waste — Naturally Feeding a growing planet means getting food waste under control. With one-third of all food being… Notable
How’s My Waterway?   How’s My Waterway? Want to know what the water quality is like in the lake down the street? What’s being dumped in the… Notable
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