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Harvesting Minnesota’s Wind Twice

Most farmers rely on nitrogen fertilizer produced from fossil fuels to ensure their yields, but it is expensive. If those farmers could produce their own synthetic nitrogen fertilizer using wind power harvested on their land, they would gain an essential input for nourishing their crops while also benefiting the climate. This idea laid the groundwork for a wind-to-ammonia pilot project in Minnesota—the first venture of its kind. In addition to providing an opportunity to change the dynamics in the fertilizer market, which now subjects farmers to volatile prices and frequent supply chain disruptions, the pilot also shows how regional energy research and demonstration can develop local solutions that ensure the benefits of the green transition reach all corners of the country. Read More

Defense Hardware Startups

Letting Rocket Scientists Be Rocket Scientists: A New Model to Help Hardware Startups Scale

A New Model to Help Hardware Startups Scale

In the wake of supply chain disruptions, escalating cybersecurity threats, and active warfare in many parts of the world, helping small hardware businesses in the defense sector has become a major national security concern. Read More

The Ongoing Transformation

Kei Koizumi Advises the President

Kei Koizumi Advises the President

As the principal deputy director for policy at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kei Koizumi occupies an unusual position at the very heart of science policy in the United States.Read More


Reform Federal Policies to Enable Native American Regenerative Agriculture

Native Peoples’ relational and integrative approach to land stewardship is an example of their capacity to lead carbon-conscious land and agriculture management.Read More

Book Review

Design for a Better World, by Don Norman

Design for a “Mess”

A new book examines the role of design in transforming the world from its present “mess” into something “better”—more sustainable, meaningful, and centered on humanity.Read More

In Focus

A Justice-Led Approach to AI Innovation

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On the Front Lines of Change: Reporting From the Gulf of Mexico

Supporting the Gulf

A skiff cleans up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Ten Years Into the Gulf Research Program

The Gulf of Mexico is on the front lines of change. But massive disruptions brought by climate change, the need to transition to a new energy economy, and the potential collapse of vital ecosystems are on the horizon for the nation as a whole.Read More

Emergency Management

photograph of bulrushes for the roots that ward off disaster

The Roots That Ward Off Disaster

Recent disasters have strained the Gulf’s ability to respond. Building capacity for local emergency management agencies and disaster research could help the region cope—and thrive.Read More

The Loop Current

Gewin on the loop current

A Scientific “Forced Marriage” Takes on the Mysteries of the Loop Current

Decisionmakers need insights on how this powerful current shapes hurricanes, fisheries, energy supplies, and life in the Gulf of Mexico. An ambitious project to collect data and predict the current’s erratic behavior is compelling scientists to cross disciplines as well as borders.Read More

The Energy Transition

Tristan Baurick on the energy transition in Port Arthur, Texas

How Will Carbon Capture Transform Port Arthur, Texas?

Advances in engineering and financial incentives are putting a Gulf Coast city at the forefront of the energy transition. Can policies make good on promises to clean the environment and create jobs?Read More

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