Efficient methane oxidation to formaldehyde via photon–phonon cascade catalysis
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by Youxun Xu, Chao Wang, Xiyi Li, Lunqiao Xiong, Tianyu Zhang, Liquan Zhang, Qinghua Zhang, Lin Gu, Yang Lan, Junwang Tang
3d ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 18 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01401-y Sustainable methane oxidation has the potential to green the petrochemical industry. Here the authors demonstrate a cascade catalysis process involving photoconversion and then thermal decomposition at mild temperatures to form formaldehyde with a high selectivity and a high yield rate ..read more
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Sustainable urban transformations based on integrated microgrid designs
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by Sadeeb S. Ottenburger, Rob Cox, Badrul H. Chowdhury, Dmytro Trybushnyi, Ehmedi Al Omar, Sujay A. Kaloti, Ulrich Ufer, Witold-R. Poganietz, Weijia Liu, Evgenia Deines, Tim O. Müller, Stella Möhrle, Wolfgang Raskob
4d ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 16 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01395-7 Improving the resilience of energy systems to natural hazards cannot rely only on strengthening technical aspects of energy grids. This study shows how integrating technical and socioeconomic dimensions in the design of microgrids can enhance the resilience and equity of energy systems and promote well-being ..read more
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Sustainable power generation from sewage with engineered microorganisms as electrocatalysts
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by Yangdi Niu, Deming Xue, Xianqi Dai, Gaofu Guo, Xiaoli Yang, Lin Yang, Zhengyu Bai
4d ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 16 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01383-x This study presents a microorganism electrocatalyst for the cathode of a microbial fuel cell that allows simultaneous electricity generation and treatment of sewage ..read more
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A bioinspired permeable junction approach for sustainable device microfabrication
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by Chuanwang Yang, Pengju Li, Chen Wei, Aleksander Prominski, Jingcheng Ma, Changxu Sun, Jiping Yue, Zhe Cheng, Jing Zhang, Brennan Ashwood, Wen Li, Jiuyun Shi, Kun Hou, Fengyuan Shi, Philip Griffin, Lihua Jin, Bozhi Tian
1w ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 10 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01389-5 Microfabrication has an essential role in device fabrication but is accompanied by unfavourable environmental footprint. This study presents a bioinspired permeable junction approach for sustainable microfabrication, which eliminates the use of hazardous chemicals and minimizes energy consumption ..read more
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The impact of genetically modified crops on bird diversity
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by Dennis Engist, Laura Melissa Guzman, Ashley Larsen, Trevor Church, Frederik Noack
1w ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 09 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01390-y The effects of genetically modified (GM) crops on biodiversity is not well understood, yet could have important implications due to the many ecosystem services provided by biodiversity to agricultural landscapes. This study evaluates the impact of GM crops on bird diversity in the United States ..read more
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Genetically modified crops benefit insectivorous birds but are detrimental to others
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Nature Sustainability, Published online: 09 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01391-x Comparison of bird populations in areas with low and high levels of genetically modified (GM) crop adoption in the United States reveals heterogeneous effects of GM crops on different groups of birds. GM crop adoption has a slight positive effect on the abundance and diversity of insectivorous birds, probably due to a reduction in insecticide use, whereas herbivorous birds are weakly negatively affected ..read more
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A sustainable no-kill sea urchin aquaculture method to obtain caviar
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by Arnold Rakaj, Luca Grosso, Alessandra Fianchini, Stefano Cataudella
1w ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 08 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01372-0 Sea urchin gonads are high-demand culinary delicacies, and depleted wild populations of these echinoderms have spurred efforts to culture them sustainably. This study presents a sea urchin aquaculture method that produces ‘caviar’ made of eggs produced by female batches, without needing to kill the sea urchins ..read more
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Atmospheric emissions of respirable quartz from industrial activities in China
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by Qiuting Yang, Guorui Liu, Lili Yang, Jianghui Yun, Xiaoyue Zhang, Chenyan Zhao, Minghui Zheng, Guibin Jiang
1w ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 08 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01388-6 Quartz is a well-known carcinogen of particular concern to industrial workers exposed to particulate quartz. Industrial atmospheric emissions across multiple sectors, however, are found to include respirable quartz, posing a threat to the public health of surrounding populations ..read more
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An innovative, sustainable, no-kill sea urchin aquaculture method
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Nature Sustainability, Published online: 08 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01378-8 We present a sea urchin aquaculture method called raking. Unlike traditional methods in which the entire gonad is the final product, thereby requiring sea urchin killing, eggs are the final product in raking. As killing of sea urchins is not necessary, several production cycles are possible with this method, enabling sustainable echinoculture ..read more
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Impacts of global trade on cropland soil-phosphorus depletion and food security
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by Kunyu Niu, Mengyu Li, Manfred Lenzen, Thomas Wiedmann, Xudong Han, Shuqin Jin, Arunima Malik, Baojing Gu
2w ago
Nature Sustainability, Published online: 05 July 2024; doi:10.1038/s41893-024-01385-9 The growing global demand for agricultural products from specific regions leads to farming practices that can exacerbate soil-phosphorus depletion, with consequences for long-term food security. This study quantifies the contribution of trade to global soil-phosphorus deficits from 1970 to 2017 ..read more
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