#Sustainability: ‘Pipe Dreams’ flushes out hope in an unexpected place: the toilet

#Sustainability: ‘Pipe Dreams’ flushes out hope in an unexpected place: the toilet

Everyone poops. But not everyone has a safe, sanitary place to do it. What’s more, existing wastewater treatments consume tons of water and energy while flushing away materials that could make fertilizers, fuels and other products. “We can do better,” science journalist Chelsea Wald writes in Pipe Dreams, which recounts how …

#Biodiversity: As ‘phantom rivers’ roar, birds and bats change their hunting habits

#Biodiversity: As ‘phantom rivers’ roar, birds and bats change their hunting habits

For two summers in a rugged corner of Idaho’s Pioneer Mountains, the roar of rushing whitewater filled the air. But where the loud sounds prevailed, only gentle streams flowed by. These phantom rivers were part of an experiment led by ecologist Dylan Gomes of Boise State University. He and colleagues …

#ClimateChange: Ice shelf holding pine iisland glacier could collapse within a decade

#ClimateChange: Ice shelf holding pine iisland glacier could collapse within a decade

The Pine Island Glacier is currently Antarctica’s greatest contributor to sea level rise, and, now, a new study warns that it could be closer to collapse than previously thought. The research, published in Science Advances Friday, found that the vulnerable glacier had sped up by 12 percent over the last three years as the ice …

#Biodiversity: These ferns may be the first plants known to share work like ants

#Biodiversity: These ferns may be the first plants known to share work like ants

High in the forest canopy, a mass of strange ferns grips a tree trunk, looking like a giant tangle of floppy, viridescent antlers. Below these fork-leaved fronds and closer into the core of the lush knot are brown, disc-shaped plants. These, too, are ferns of the very same species. The …

#Contamination: Ambitious treaty offers a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to protect the high seas

#Contamination: Ambitious treaty offers a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to protect the high seas

Water covers around 71 per cent of our planet and the wealth of biodiversity found in our oceans is unparalleled. While many areas are now receiving much-needed attention from policymakers, there’s one distinct marine environment that remains virtually unprotected. The high seas cover two-thirds of the world’s oceans and are beyond …