Solutions & Sustainability
The jail environment teaches the animals that approaching humans results in a boring and annoying experience.
Civil engineer Martin Lebek has a brilliant plan to redress the world’s phosphorus imbalance.
Quelle horreur! Paris isn't just a 15-minute city; it's a five-minute city.
3D-printing robots are being used to build a 100-home housing development in the US state of Texas.
An innovation's value is found between the technophile’s promises and the Luddite’s doomsday scenarios.
Eat your beans.
It’s sustainable, nutritious and delicious. Scientists need to ramp up efforts to meet this urgent need.
Simple physics makes hauling vast ice chunks thousands of miles fiendishly difficult — but not impossible.
Smoke taint from wildfires is gross, even to wine amateurs.
Innovative thinking has done away with problems that long dogged the electric devices — and both scientists and environmentalists are excited about the possibilities.
Entrenched business wisdom says that community-led economic systems are pure fantasy. Douglas Rushkoff disagrees.
Why can’t more rainwater be collected for the long, dry spring and summer when it’s needed?
The media sells bad news, but scientific evidence shows that we are making progress toward a greener planet.
Once water gets more than about 200 feet deep, building on the sea floor is out of the question.
Goodbye, Arabica? Learn to love Liberica.
It’s an agricultural moonshot: Scientists hope to increase plant yields by hacking photosynthesis, the process that powers life on Earth.
Retired astronaut Ron Garan believes that before we can begin solving our problems, we must understand our interrelatedness through the "orbital perspective."
Wizbang innovations capture the public’s imagination, but thoughtful, incremental development is often more valuable to those in need.
Synthetic milk is not a sci-fi fantasy; it already exists.
It's on a 100,000-year timescale, though, so the next few centuries might not be so comfortable.
Environmental activists want us to feel "flight shame" if we can take a train, instead. But this isn't entirely realistic, even in Europe.
Many countries just ship their plastic waste overseas.
"Ghost gear" leads to hundreds of thousands of animal deaths.
You could become plant food.
Economic growth is more about quality than quantity.
Flashy desalination technology is more costly and cumbersome than many other solutions.
You might think it's impossible to run out of wind, but Europe's "wind drought" proves otherwise. And it's only going to get worse.
Most electric car charging is done at night. A grid powered mostly by renewable energy might not be able to meet demand, but there is a solution.
Short-hop regional flights could be running on batteries in a few years.
Spaceguard shows that we can manage risks to the extinction of humanity — if only we put our mind to it.