Batteries made with ... vanilla?

There's a new type of battery storage technology that has an interesting spice added into the mix — vanillin, which is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean.

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How can we convert CO₂ from threat to asset?

Chemists want to use electrochemistry to turn the greenhouse gas into chemical feedstocks and fuels, but they need to improve their systems' efficiencies first.

Seafood waste is being turned into protein in a new trial, with benefits for fishers and the environment

Seafood waste protein could soon be in your supermarket as researchers explore turning discarded crayfish and seaweed into a dietary protein source.

Can yeast oil save rainforests from palm oil plantation pressure?

Palm oil is cheap, plentiful, and extremely useful — but its production involves destroying tropical rainforests.

Green chemistry - better, safer, more sustainable

From safer solvents to make better batteries, to catalysts that can clean up wastewater, green chemists are developing better ways of making stuff.

The world's growing concrete coasts

New technologies may offer a way to shore up coasts while benefiting biodiversity.

Watchdog ranking grades chemical companies on sustainability

Dutch multinational Royal DSM is the world’s most sustainable chemicals company, according to a watchdog group’s report based on companies’ efforts to phase out hazardous substances and replace them with safer alternatives.

5 sustainable alternatives to plastics

A new range of compostable bioplastics created from seeds and even fish scales could liberate us from plastic waste.

Products we use every day are full of harmful chemicals. Can green chemistry lead to safer alternatives?

Organization and consumer demand for products that don't harm people or pollute the environment are moving forward-thinking brands toward safer ingredients.

This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

Invasive green crab at Keji seaside could soon become biodegradable plastic

Invasive green crabs that have caused major problems for native species could be the latest solution to reducing plastic pollution in the ocean.


Could algae be an alternative to plastic?

A French think tank called Atelier Luma is investigating whether treated algae can be used an an alternative material to plastic.

Researchers find way to dissolve, recycle rubber from car tires

The process could lead to new recycling methods that have so far proven to be expensive, difficult and largely inefficient.

Toxic algae is ruining our lakes. The solution: beer.

A researcher thinks we may be able to recycle beer waste into a powerful algae-fighting tool

Two green ′trailblazers′ win German Environment Prize

A soil scientist and the maker of green detergents and cosmetics will share the €500,000 prize money.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

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