Decisions made by engineers today will determine how all cars drive.
The biggest ethical challenges for self-driving cars arise in mundane situations, not when crashes are unavoidable.
Artificial islands can cause huge environmental issues for coastlines.
The Forest City Project
Artificial islands that are now mushrooming across the ocean are regarded as 'engineering marvels'. But, little attention is paid to how these human-made structures affect sea life.
Mona Nemer was named as Canada’s new Chief Science Advisor on Sept. 26, 2017.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Science advisers can make important contributions to environmental policy and decision making by government. But we should expect even more.
Farmer-led development projects in places like Tanzania, shown here, can increase access to food and water, and reconnect people to nature.
Farmer-led development work can improve people's lives, provide access to food and water - and re-connect them to nature.
The dangerously low Threewaterskloof dam, a major supplier of water to the city.
Cape Town is testing new strategies to nudge domestic users into reducing their water use.
Morning Mist Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, Southwest Tasmania.
Peter Dombrovskis/ (courtesy Liz Dombrovskis) AAP
The Franklin River campaign is commonly seen as a green victory; a fight for the right of 'wilderness' to exist. But archaeological research revealing the region's deep Aboriginal history was crucial to it.
Australia is one of very few countries that does not recognise the right to a healthy environment.
Should Australia join the majority of the world and provide legal recognition of the human right to a healthy environment?
If you want to live like a local when on holiday, you should defecate like one.
GDP has many flaws. We need a better way to measure economic progress.
Paris “under water” and other European cities facing drastic climate change should trigger planners to think urban spaces differently.
In the future, Europe will suffer from more heat waves as well as extreme rainfall, presenting new challenges for planners and health care services. Building resilient cities can help.
If you communicate carefully, big retailers will listen.
There’s fresh evidence to inject into the old ‘nature versus nurture’ debate.
A new paper describes the idea of "genetic nurture", where parents’ genes, even those not passed on to their child, have major effects on kids’ health and educational attainment.
Parents only want the best for their children, but caring for the environment doesn't happen overnight.
Moving towards a brighter future?
Research shows how water pumped from coal mines could revolutionise how we heat homes.
Why some corporations are quick to respond to criticism, and others hide away.
When people talk about values what do they really mean?
Once we see the scale of issues like the climate change crisis, it can be difficult to imagine solutions. Collective reflection and alternative storytelling is one way to begin. Here: Youth leaders at the Climate March in New York City.
(The Shore Line Project)
Filmmaker Liz Miller discusses her collaborative, interactive documentary process and how storytelling might lead us to an alternative future through action and resistance.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency deleted — but later restored — key statistics on its web page about the percentage of Puerto Ricans living without drinking water and electricity. In this photo from October 2017, Roberto Figueroa Caballero sits in his wall-less home after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
The U.S. government continues to wage a fight against scientific information. Without it, the public can do little to address environmental and economic inequality.
Even pocket parks in cities (Duane Park in Lower Manhattan, pictured here) can shelter wildlife. Read below for ideas about urban biodiversity and other green innovations.
Trump administration rollbacks dominated news about the environment in 2017 – but beyond Washington D.C., many researchers are developing innovative visions for a greener future.
At a time of growing human impacts, spending on environmental protection is more important than ever.
Australian government environmental funding has decreased by a third since 2013. At the same time, Australia is experiencing massive species loss as funding for the sector dries up.