A corn field in Noble County, Indiana.

Researchers are using gene editing to develop biodegradable vaccines that protect crops from pathogens. As the world looks to feed more and more people, this and other emerging technologies hold promise for producing more food without using chemical pesticides. 

By Richard Conniff

Solutions

With a Green Makeover, Philadelphia Is Tackling Its Stormwater Problem

In a major initiative, Philadelphia is building an extensive network of rain gardens, green roofs, wetlands, and other infrastructure to capture stormwater. The goal is to prevent runoff from overwhelming sewers and polluting waterways and to help green America’s fifth-largest city.

By Bruce Stutz

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In urban areas, the forces of rapid natural selection are leading to striking genetic changes in animals. Dutch biologist Menno Schilthuizen talks to Yale e360 about the transformations seen in creatures ranging from mice in Central Park to anole lizards in Puerto Rico. 

By Diane Toomey

Energy

Energy Hogs: Can World’s Huge Data Centers Be Made More Efficient?

The gigantic data centers that power the internet consume vast amounts of electricity and emit as much  CO2 as the airline industry. To change that, data companies need to turn to clean energy sources and dramatically improve energy efficiency.

By Fred Pearce

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