Making face creams from coffee beans as cosmetics get greener

Cosmetics often use unsustainable ingredients, but new research is answering the growing demand for eco-friendly products. By  TOM CASSAUWERS ‘Plant ingredients have always been used in cosmetics,’ said Heiko Rischer, head of plant biotechnology at VTT, a Finnish research centre. ‘But in recent years, there’s been a revived interest in plant-based compounds. Consumers are interested in … Read more

From mussels to meadows, the sea offers big lessons for all life

In the Tuscan Archipelago, the seagrass meadows capture carbon up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests. The underwater flowering plants have the potential to be an essential tool in the fight against climate change but are vulnerable to disturbance from human activities such as tourism and fishing. Coordinated from Cork, Ireland, the four-year Marine SABRES … Read more

New robots in Europe can be workers’ best friends

More sophisticated robots are on the way, accelerating a drive to ensure they help workers rather than take their place. By GARETH WILLMER For decades, the arrival of robots in the workplace has been a source of public anxiety over fears that they will replace workers and create unemployment. Now that more sophisticated and humanoid … Read more

As climate change intensifies, Europe seeks local ways to adapt

Climate adaptation requires communities to plan ahead for the unavoidable changes coming our way not just immediately but decades from now. By  SARAH WILD In the freezing reaches of Greenland, fissures in the ice sheet mark the battle lines in the fight against climate change. Greenhouse gases (GHG) are driving up global temperatures, melting the ice … Read more