Breaking the bank: Climate change and the next financial crisis

    Climate change will fundamentally reshape our economy, leaving almost no industry untouched. New research suggests that climate change may impact the stability of the banking sector, potentially leading to financial crises and increased public debt.

    Kate Donatelli

    June 30, 2020
    How can we sustainably meet food and water needs in the climate crisis?

    A new study sheds light on the relationship between food, water, and trade flows. It highlights the necessity of system-wide changes and adaptations to address climate change impacts.

    Jeamme Chia

    June 30, 2020
    Boosting mental health with nature: There’s an app for that

    Research shows a positive link between nature and mental health. A new study expands on this concept by using smartphones to prompt participants to record their interactions with nature and reveals implications for optimizing city planning for urban greenspace.

    Abigail Chan

    June 24, 2020
    Priced out of green cities

    As cities across the world consider the dual environmental and economic benefits of greening interventions, a new study asks a critical question: who can afford to live in a “green” city?

    Emily Persico

    June 16, 2020
How much carbon from deforestation did you have for lunch?

There is a big chance that the hamburger you ate for lunch – and even the soy-based alternative – is linked to deforestation in the tropics. A recent study tracked carbon emissions in exported food to provide valuable insights on the link between tropical deforestation and the climate impacts of the food we eat.  

Beatriz Granziera
June 9, 2020
Navigating the warp and weft of time: Natural indigo dyeing in Yunnan

As sustainable dyeing processes gain traction globally, researchers document the traditional process of indigo pigment extraction and dyeing practiced by a community in Yunnan, China. Traditional dyeing practices can inform sustainable fashion.

Joyita Ghose
May 31, 2020
An underwater city: Using aquatic plant structures as indicators of invertebrate health

Species diversity of underwater plants is frequently used as a proxy for water quality. But what can the structural layout of underwater plants tell us about the aquatic system? Scientists investigate the connection between complex underwater plant growth and thriving aquatic organism communities, which has implications for biologists, waterfront landowners, and decision makers.

Margot Cumming
May 26, 2020
Wildlife in the Red: What does being on the Red List really mean?

We often hear about “endangered species” but few people are aware of how a species ends up on an endangered list and even fewer understand the impacts of this designation. A group of scientists finally asked the question of how an endangered listing, particularly on the IUCN Red List, changes the prospects for species at risk – with some encouraging results.

Courtney Anderson
May 19, 2020