Scientists measure, cut the carbon footprints of their research projects: Editorial


An article for Nature profiles the efforts of a group of researchers who are taking innovative steps to decarbonize their ongoing research. Computational biologists in Australia have planted trees to offset the emissions of their work, while astronomers in France are considering conducting research from archived observatory data rather than prioritising the energy-intensive collection of new data. Other scientists are holding virtual meetings to avoid emissions produced by travel to and from research institutions. The article concludes by underlining the necessity for both individual and institutional support for these carbon-cutting measures.