We are on the cusp of the biggest economic transformation, of any kind, for 200 years. Before long, most of our food will come neither from animals nor plants, but from ferming: brewing microbes through precision fermentation.
An umbrella term, power-to-X covers various processes that turn electricity into heat, hydrogen, or synthetic fuels, meaning that ever more of our energy system might say goodbye to coal, oil, and natural gas.
One way or another, our diet is going to be transformed. In 2004, the Guardian correctly predicted that the developed world’s overreliance on meat would be one of the most pressing issues for the survival of our species.
A pioneering irrigation project in Sudan is bringing people together. The seasonal river that runs by the capital of North Darfur state has been transformed by community-built weirs — not just promising a more bountiful future, but a more peaceful one.
Granted personhood by New Zealand’s parliament, the Whanganui is the first river to be recognised as an indivisible, living being. But what happens when the river encounters development, farming, forestry, and run-off that challenge its health and ecology?
Cities are their own climates, often hotter than their surroundings due to the way surfaces like asphalt trap heat even as cars and buildings exude it. Part of the reason for Louisville’s temperature extremes is geography. But a lot of it comes down to trees.