Environment

Kolkata busy street

The Ethical City: an Idea Whose Time Has Come

The values, principles and questions surrounding urban ethics are vital considerations as the global community prepares for the HABITAT III summit where governments will agree on an agenda to guide urban development for the next two decades.

Another Extinction: Words We Use to Describe the Natural World

As the world endures increasing rates of species extinction, naturalists and their linguistic allies are also fighting to preserve vanishing languages and vocabularies rich with the subtle distinctions found in flora, fauna, and the landscapes they inhabit.

Biomimicry Advance: Mussels Inspire Nontoxic Flame Retardant

Researchers have taken a cue from marine mussels to create a non-toxic flame retardant that won’t accumulate over time in the environment and living animals. The team believes their dopamine-based nanocoating could cheaply and easily replace the current types that are known to release harmful substances into the air and ecoystems.