September 2021

Kowbucha, seaweed, vaccines: the race to reduce cows’ methane emissions

In 2017, Canadian cattle farmers in Alberta started slipping a special ingredient into their animals’ feed.

30/09/2021 The Guardian

EXCLUSIVE Panama aims to end coal imports, produce ethanol to cut emissions - minister

Panama will advance a clean-energy push by embracing ethanol in its gasoline and ending the use of heavy fuels and coal for its power plants by 2023, the nation's energy minister said.

30/09/2021 Reuters

A Gene-Editing Experiment Let These Patients With Vision Loss See Color Again

In a first, doctors injected the gene-editing tool CRISPR directly into cells in patients' eyes. The experiment helped these vision-impaired patients see shapes and colors again.

29/09/2021 NPR

This Software Aims to Smooth Your Flight—and Help the Planet

Airplanes taxiing isn't just annoying—it's a big source of emissions. The FAA and NASA created a new system to save time and fuel.

28/09/2021 Wired

Swiss Voters Approve Law Allowing Same-Sex Marriages

The legislation, endorsed in a referendum, will also allow same-sex couples to use sperm banks and to adopt children for the first time.

26/09/2021 New York Times

‘Psychedelics renaissance’: new wave of research puts hallucinogenics forward to treat mental health

It was out of desperation that Michael Raymond found himself sitting in a remote retreat in the Peruvian Andes, sipping a cup of bitter tea. Raymond had reached breaking point.

25/09/2021 The Guardian

The Promise of Carbon-Neutral Steel

A new manufacturing technique could drastically reduce the footprint of one of our dirtiest materials.

18/09/2021 The New Yorker

‘It helped me get away from crime’: Cape Town’s College of Magic – a photo essay

To fans of JK Rowling’s books, the story may sound somewhat familiar: a young boy living in difficult circumstances is enrolled in a mysterious school far from home, where his life is changed for ever by the transformative power of magic.

17/09/2021 The Guardian

Body composting a 'green' alternative to burial, cremation

A Colorado company is hoping to usher in a new and more environmentally friendly era of mortuary science that includes the natural organic reduction of human remains

16/09/2021 The Independent

Menstrual cups are a cheaper, more sustainable way for women to cope with periods than tampons or pads

Menstruation cups are increasingly being used as an environmentally friendly alternative to tampons and sanitary pads.

15/09/2021 The Conversation

Harvard University Will Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels After Years Of Public Pressure

Harvard University says it will stop investing its $41.9 billion endowment in the fossil fuel industry, citing the threat of climate change. Activists have called on the university to do so for years.

10/09/2021 NPR

World’s biggest plant to suck carbon dioxide from the air goes into operation in Iceland

The world’s first and largest factory to capture and convert carbon dioxide from the air into stone begun operations in Iceland on Wednesday.

09/09/2021 The Independent

How floating islands can make urban waterways green and clean

Many of the world's cities are built around waterways. Paris and the Seine, Allahabad, India and the Ganges, Cairo and the Nile -- these rivers, at one time the life-force of their city, are now so polluted they're unfit for swimming and host very…

08/09/2021 CNN

Solar-Powered Food: Study Reveals Microbial Proteins Could Lead the Way in a Sustainable Future for Food

A new study has revealed edible proteins which are much more efficient and sustainable than traditional staple crops. But does the world have an appetite for powdered microbial proteins?


Crispr mini: new genetic editing technology could cure hereditary diseases including Parkinsons

A genetic “Swiss army knife” has been created which could treat incurable hereditary diseases such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anaemia and Parkinson’s. The technology is an improvement on the ground-breaking Crispr gene-editing procedure first…

03/09/2021 Telegraph

How special soil observatories in China are helping to create more sustainable agriculture

Soil degradation is a huge challenge for farmers around the world. But new research is showing how farmers can balance crop yields with protecting the environment.

03/09/2021 The Conversation