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  • Wild Things

    Shipwreck provides window into Tudor-era cod fishing

    An army marches on its stomach, the saying goes, but so too sails a navy. And when Tudor England was starting to ramp up its fleet, on its way to becoming a global naval power, its navy drew its food supply from far and wide, a new study shows. By the mid-16th century, globalization had begun.

    Commercial fishing and the growth of sea power reinforced globalization in Renaissance Europe,...

    09/13/2015 - 05:00 Animals, Sustainability
  • Reviews & Previews

    Alison Jolly’s last book chronicles efforts to save lemurs

    Thank You, MadagascarAlison JollyZed Books, $27.95

    When Alison Jolly died last year, the world lost one of its leading authorities on lemurs. Jolly began studying these primates on her first trip to Madagascar in 1962 and spent much of her career documenting the animals’ social lives. But her academic work was hardly her only legacy. Like many other researchers who study endangered...

    06/28/2015 - 10:00 Conservation, Sustainability, Animals
  • Science Visualized

    A coast-to-coast picture of America's cacophony of sounds

    An ambitious National Park Service project exploits computer algorithms to predict the loudness of a typical summer day from coast to coast. The project’s newest map (above, with yellow representing the loudest noise) includes natural sounds, but it’s the human-made features that jump out.

    The eastern half of the United States is louder than the West, according to the map, released...

    02/16/2015 - 12:12 Sustainability, Conservation
  • Science Ticker

    Funding canceled for clean coal plant

    Under a looming budget deadline, the U.S. Department of Energy has dropped its plan to give $1 billion in funding to FutureGen 2.0, a $1.65 billion clean coal project in Illinois.

    The project would have retrofitted a coal power plant with new technology that sequestered 1.1 million metric tons of carbon pollution underground each year. The funding cut most likely means the project will...

    02/06/2015 - 12:33 Pollution, Sustainability
  • News in Brief

    Funding canceled for clean coal plant

    Under a looming budget deadline, the U.S. Department of Energy has dropped its plan to give $1 billion in funding to FutureGen 2.0, a $1.65 billion clean coal project in Illinois.

    The project would have retrofitted a coal power plant with new technology to sequester 1.1 million metric tons of carbon pollution underground each year (SN: 9/6/14, p. 22). The cut most likely means the...

    02/06/2015 - 12:33 Pollution, Sustainability
  • Reviews & Previews

    Human ingenuity takes on Mother Nature in ‘The Big Ratchet’

    The Big RatchetRuth DeFriesBasic Books, $27.99

    The second half of the 20th century witnessed “the Big Ratchet.” That’s what DeFries, an environmental geographer at Columbia University, calls the massive surge in food production that accompanied the world’s skyrocketing population growth. Her book looks back much further to survey the technological innovations that transformed humans...

    10/04/2014 - 10:00 Sustainability, Ecosystems, Ecology
  • Science Ticker

    Greener water splitter for hydrogen fuel designed

    Guest post by Nsikan Akpan

    A new water splitter powered by a single AAA battery could reduce the carbon pollution created from making hydrogen fuel cells, scientists report August 22 in Nature Communications.

    Cars running on hydrogen fuel cells produce zero emissions, but currently, factories must use fossil fuels, such as natural gas, or precious metals, such as platinum, to...

    08/25/2014 - 15:45 Materials, Sustainability, Pollution
  • Feature

    Carbon capture and storage finally approaching debut

    Like every other project, Jänschwalde failed.

    In 2008, it was set to become the world’s largest demonstration of just how cleanly coal could be burned to generate electricity. The revamping of an aging power plant in Germany, Jänschwalde was to become a paragon of a technology that can slash up to 90 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel–burning power plants — the single...

    08/22/2014 - 15:11 Pollution, Climate, Sustainability
  • Gory Details

    If you really hate a species, try eating it

    For the Fourth of July, I went all-American. First my husband and I headed to Home Depot and bought a grill—that felt pretty American. Then we fired it up and cooked a meal fit for a red-blooded patriot. We did our part against an invading force, an army of slimy fish trying to take over the United States. We ate a snakehead.

    It tasted like chicken.

    Here in the D.C. area where I...

    07/08/2014 - 11:29 Ecosystems, Sustainability, Ecology
  • News in Brief

    Unknowns linger for sea mining

    CHICAGO – As commercial interest in mining metals and minerals from the seafloor intensify, scientists are treading water in attempts to understand how such digs might alter marine life.

    In the fertile waters off Namibia, for example, mining companies are exploring the potential for extracting phosphate for fertilizer. In September 2013, the Namibian government, which takes pride in its...

    02/19/2014 - 07:29 Oceans, Sustainability