Global demand for lithium is expected to triple in six years. But mining companies are increasingly coming into conflict with indigenous communities who are worried about the future of their ecosystems.
The planting of 100 million trees a year in the U.K. to tackle the climate emergency could be paid for by new carbon levies on oil companies and airlines, the government’s official climate adviser has proposed.
Was it the asteroid or colossal volcanism that initiated the demise of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago? New research indicates there is a mismatch in both the effect and timing of the volcanism’s influence.
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.
Half of the UK’s farmland needs to be transformed into woodlands and natural habitat to fight the climate crisis and restore wildlife, according to a former chief scientific adviser to the UK government.
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.
Australia is grappling with massive bushfires fuelled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought. In New South Wales, fires have burned more than 4 million hectares, destroying more than 900 houses.
According to a recent study by Aarhus University, flooding cultivated former peatlands could cut Denmark’s emissions by 1.4m tonnes of carbon dioxide a year – about the same amount produced by the capital city of Copenhagen.
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is designed both to encourage awareness about the need to collect and remove plastic waste and to give a meal to anyone who does so. And the novel idea is catching on.