The people power being harnessed for cleaner and cheaper energy

As Europe weans itself off fossil fuels, local energy networks are tapping renewable sources to fill the gap and cut consumer bills. By  ANDREW DUNNE They might look like ordinary plugs, but hook up a heat pump or electric-vehicle charger using one of the smart widgets and the result could be big environmental gains and household … Read more

Ships harness wind for voyage to a cleaner future

New sails and boat designs are set to help shipowners slash fuel costs and emissions. By Gareth Willmer There is no mistaking Cristina Aleixendri’s enthusiasm – and competence – when it comes to talking about how wind-assisted shipping is on the verge of making a planet-changing comeback. Aleixendri founded a company called bound4blue with two fellow Spaniards … Read more

Electric cars dangle the promise of earning money for their drivers

Needed to clean up road transport, battery-powered vehicles might also act as stored energy that the car owners could sell to electricity networks. By  HELEN MASSY-BERESFORD While drivers considering an electric vehicle (EV) might imagine the main benefit being less air pollution from their own journeys, EV batteries could also make money for car owners – … Read more

Finnish and French cities chart Europe’s path to clean energy

As Europe strives to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, Turku and Dijon are among a group of cities seeking to reach this goal two decades earlier. By  GARETH WILLMER In 2029, Finland’s oldest city, Turku, will celebrate reaching the grand old age of 800. At the same time, it hopes to reach another major … Read more

Psychedelic drugs, monkey brains and rescue drones to feature in cutting-edge research

Five experts who appeared in Horizon Magazine in 2022 outline how their areas of activity will evolve in the coming year and more. By VITTORIA D’ALESSIO From more fresh water and less depression to life-saving drones and thought-interpreting scans, 2023 promises to be a big year in science. Still, don’t expect to fly in a … Read more