Earth, Energy & Environment

Breaching a ‘carbon threshold’ could lead to mass extinction

In the brain, when neurons fire off electrical signals to their neighbors, this happens through an “all-or-none” response. The signal only happens once conditions...

Pathways to a low-carbon China

Fulfilling the ultimate goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change — keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, if not 1.5...

Growing Dark in the Cold

Beneath the dewy grass you seep, Wispy tendrils splayed out as complex Networks of finely-woven threads. Breaking through the earthy tomes Your tempting fruits throb buoyantly; A myriad of...

Experiments show dramatic increase in solar cell output

Method for collecting two electrons from each photon could break through theoretical solar-cell efficiency limit In any conventional silicon-based solar cell, there is an absolute...

Hundreds of sharks and rays tangled in plastic

Hundreds of sharks and rays have become tangled in plastic waste in the world's oceans, new research shows. University of Exeter scientists scoured existing published...

Area for restoring trees far greater than imagined and ‘best climate change solution available’

In the first study to quantify how many trees the Earth can support, where, and how much carbon they could store, researchers report that...

Can we feed 11 billion people while preventing the spread of infectious disease?

Within the next 80 years, the world's population is expected to top 11 billion, creating a rise in global food demand -- and presenting...

Tiny granules can help bring clean and abundant fusion power to Earth

Beryllium, a hard, silvery metal long used in X-ray machines and spacecraft, is finding a new role in the quest to bring the power...

Pesticide exposure linked to teen depression in agricultural communities

Adolescents exposed to elevated levels of pesticides are at an increased risk of depression, according to a new study led by Jose R. Suarez-Lopez,...

Why some cities turn off the water pipes at night

For more than a billion people around the world, running water comes from "intermittent systems" that turn on and off at various times of...

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