Sustainability at the Smithsonian

Black monkey perches in a tree staring directly at camera

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Eight Weird and Wondrous Discoveries From 2023

Underwater photo of a pink and gold coral reef in bright blue water, with small blue and yellow fish. A blurry reflection of the reef appears in the water at the top of the photo.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

New Study Reveals Large Holes In America’s Ocean Protection. Here’s How We Can Fix Them.

Joshua Tewksbury

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Why the World Needs a Standard Measure for Counting Carbon

a collage of four images of educators; one is holding a blue crab, one is holding a bullfrog at night, one is taking a picture of an oyster basket, one is holding a crab with large plastic tweezers by the side of a river

Smithsonian Education

Educators from Across the Country Convene on the Chesapeake Bay with a Network of Fellow 'Earth Optimists'

Dr. Ruth Bennett holding Summer Tanager

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Drink Coffee, Eat Chocolate, Save Birds!


Your IMPACT | Your Smithsonian

Air, Land and Sea: New Tools for Resilience

Four key actions

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

The Key to Ocean Conservation May Lie with the Tropical Majority

Sustainability News From Smithsonian Magazine

One potential tool to combat the growing affordable housing problem, which the National Low Income Housing Coalition says has grown to a need for more than 7 million homes, is 3D printing.


Can 3D Printing Help Address the Affordable Housing Crisis in the United States?

A dugong, also known as a sea cow, in a protected marine reserve in the Philippines. On the mammal’s underside, remora fish snack on parasites—and dugong poop.


The Dugong, a Huggable, Seagrass-Loving Sea Cow, Has a New Best Friend: Drones

With an abundance of explorable outdoor space, it’s no wonder that the country is earning a reputation as an adventure travel destination, especially among those taking to trails on foot.


Is Kyrgyzstan the Next Adventure Travel Destination?

Aerial view of construction work on the Maya Train on August 31, 2023


First Section of Mexico's Controversial Maya Train Opens

See-through wood has a number of interesting properties that researchers hope to exploit.


The Surprising Possibilities of See-Through Wood

Climate Change News

Hunters, trappers and other land users in the North are using Siku, a mobile app named after the Inuktitut word for “sea ice,” to share environmental information, including ice conditions. Here, an Inuit hunter prepares to test the safety of sea ice near Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, with a harpoon.


This App Lets Inuit Combine Traditional Knowledge With Scientific Data

A single locust swarm can comprise between four billion and eight billion individual insects.


Giant Locust Swarms Could Expand to New Areas With Climate Change, Study Suggests

An illustration of the ERS-2 satellite.


A 5,000-Pound Satellite Is Falling Back to Earth This Week—and Will Likely Land in the Ocean

Natural gas flaring emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. The majority of atmospheric methane comes from human activity, with the agricultural sector and the oil and gas sector contributing the most from human activities.


New Satellite Will Track Methane Emissions From Space and Pinpoint Their Sources With A.I.

Protesters with the activist group Last Generation stand in front of Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus at Florence's Uffizi Gallery on February 13. 


Climate Activists Stage Protest in Front of Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus'

A house in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles was pushed off its foundation by a mudslide on Monday morning. No one was in the house when the mudslide occurred. Recent storms caused at least 475 mudslides in the Los Angeles area.


California Hammered by Heavy Rains, Mudslides in Devastating Atmospheric River Storms

Dry and cracked ground at the La Vinuela reservoir near Málaga, Spain, last year. Reservoirs in the country's Catalonia region have fallen to 16 percent capacity amid years of drought and extreme heat.


Earth Clocks Hottest January on Record, Marking 12 Months Above 1.5 Degree Celsius Warming Threshold