The stories in this special collection explore how science and technology can help tackle some of the key environmental challenges of the 21st century. From developing renewable energy solutions, to creating more sustainable urban infrastructures, these issues are often interconnected and steeped in politics – which is precisely what makes them so interesting.
Summer in the city can be stifling, but appropriate surfaces and vegetation can cool us off, says Roland Ennos
New film will investigate the impacts of offshore wind on marine ecosystems
Fulvio Scarano gives a whirlwind tour of the physics of wind turbines
Thermionic convertor overcomes efficiency pitfalls
UK think tank says reactors offer flexible way to decarbonize economy
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Carbon layers allows silicon nanoparticles to expand and contract without damage
Redox-flow batteries could store excess energy in electrical grids
Scientists at the Materials Research Exchange debate the cultural, social and environmental impact of new materials
Cheap solution helps with power loss at sub-zero temperatures, allowing for "all-climate battery"
Nanostructured material could drive essential equipment in warm climates
Latest design proposal uses today’s solid-state technology
JPhys Energy is an innovative new open-access journal for high-quality research in all areas where physical sciences are applied in the field of energy. The journal will showcase the most significant and exciting developments in energy research, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies.
Anirudh Singh provides a clear and factual picture of the status of renewable energy and its capabilities today
Climate Resilience in the Urban Environment
Tristan Kershaw looks at the resilience of whole cities as more people migrate to urban areas
Energy Storage Systems
David Elliott analyses how energy storage systems will play an increasingly important role in balancing energy supply and demand
Physics and the Environment
Kyle Forinash directly connects the physical world to environmental issues that the world is facing today and will face in the future