Antibiotics resistance, do ants have the solution?

Leafcutter ant carrying leaf. Photo: Pixaby.

Most of the time we don’t realise it, but there is an antibiotic crisis going on. Our present families of antibiotics become less effective, and each year many people die from superbugs resistant to all medicines. Research now shows that some ants have developed a strategy to overcome antibiotics resistance. Could we learn from them?

Methane emissions may threaten Paris climate agreement

New York City at night. Cities turn out to be major sources of methane emissions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Over the past ten years, the methane level in the atmosphere has risen to unexpected highs. Methane gas, CH4, is a 25 times times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, CO2. Therefore, this does not bode well for the efforts to keep global temperature rise below 2oC, or indeed 1.5oC. The problem is, as

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Productive soils as a carbon sink

Tetraethyl lead, the scandal that never erupted

Affordable green homes

Can we engineer life? 3.3 Well-being for all

Earth Overshoot Day, or the power of doomsday messages

BP redresses its low renewable energy forecasts – too little, too late

Wrong question: can we decouple environmental impact from GDP growth?

Small solar panels are an affordable way to try solar power

Sustainability and moralism, keep them apart

Drivers for renewable energy development

Perspective on renewable energy rapidly changing

Genetic engineering serves sustainability

Energy producing landscapes

Call to ban oxo-degradable plastics

Geopolitics of renewable energy

Geopolitics of sustainability

Towards circular fashion

System changes that will propel sustainable energy

Renewable energy system costs – the untold story

Solar industry evolves to the TW scale

Solar energy will soon dominate the energy system

Regulatory process of insecticides: let’s apply some logic and social science

Ban neonics, or not, or something else

Neonicotinoids and bees: a heated conflict even on data

Bee colony collapse: will we ever know the true causes?

A common sense or 50-50-40 energy scenario. Part 2: renewable energy

A common sense energy scenario. Part 1: global energy consumption

Teaching sustainability in secondary education

Sustainable materials need certification and lobbies

Sustainable construction is organising horizontally

Daan Bruggink: building naturally with ORGA

Reconnect with nature – the new sustainability

Gene drive: the new debate

Phosphate and phosphorus, use it wisely

Biorenewables key to reduce CO2 emissions, says macroeconomic study

Roundup discussion: much like the climate debate

Systems thinking is not our forte

Controversies on genetic modification, part 2: what’s wrong with Monsanto

Stepwise changes, a ray of sunshine in the climate debate

Microplastics in personal care products: the tip of the iceberg

Rudy Rabbinge: genetic modification has much potential but also entails risks for world food supply and the environment

Are polyolefins really cheaper than sustainable alternatives?

Towards a sustainable medicines production

Sustainability Day in higher education

Can products from synthetic biology be sustainable?

The silent miracles of energy efficiency

Green Growth, executive summary

Sustainable industry has much potential

Wind energy in the Netherlands: the storm has not yet calmed down

Meat is fine! No problem for world food supply, says Rudy Rabbinge

Energy storage: the necessary supplement to sustainable energy sources

Tyre recycling by devulcanisation

Energy neutral instead of shale gas free

Logical mistakes on CO2

Glocal project: Ecover’s experiment on Mallorca

Large-scale deployment of solar power requires another energy system, says Wim Sinke (ECN)

Sustainable: tenable or degradable?

Ecover: it is all about sustainability

Design rules for the biobased industry #4: elegance is beautiful

Design rules for the biobased industry, #2: be lean on materials flows

Pier Vellinga (Wageningen UR): sustainability is cost-effective, and has an emancipatory power

Green chemistry, rather than green energy

Almost until the very end

Technology, no longer a threat

Biorefinery as the key to the circular economy

First fair-trade and climate-neutral coffee on the market

High hopes in the Dutch wind sector

Sustainable energy: keeping the score. Part 3: fossil fuels with CCS

Sustainable energy: keeping the score. Part 2: The role of sun and wind

Sustainable energy, keeping the score. Part 1: The role of biomass

Sustainability requires another corporate decision making model

Phosphorus recovery, an urgent matter

Biofuels hardly competed with food production, so far

Thinking beyond shale gas

Sustainability a difficult issue even in the biobased economy

In search of sustainable materials

Much romanticism in the food/fuel discussion

An autarkic building

Patricia Osseweijer: infrastructure is important for sustainability

Respectful treatment of the complexity of biomass

Jan Rotmans: much creativity in the transition towards the biobased economy

Oxfam still much too harsh

Crib captures CO2, as coal-fired power stations do not

Shale gas: in the Cevennes, people stay alert

Oxfam Novib: present developments lead us to act against biofuels

The moral judgment ‘food should not be used as a fuel’ is untenable

Do we need to produce biofuels? Yes, we do!

Oxfam: better sooner than later