Green Science

Green Science is the application of eco-friendly thinking to scientific disciplines. Learn about global warming, pollution and other impacts on nature and the planet, plus what we can do to combat them.


People are developing all kinds of packaging products that are tasty alternatives to landfill waste.

It isn't often that trash comes to the environment's rescue, but one company's wasted orange peels have transformed a barren plot of land into a lush forest.

It's a lot easier than you think to "go green" -- many of these suggestions require little effort, yet can make a big difference for the environment.

Alaska's Kodiak bears are gorging on berries instead of salmon because of warming temperatures, which could have a ripple effect on the island's ecology.

A UN agency projects that increasing demand for agricultural products will slow over the next decade, as prices are expected to stay low.

A county-by-county analysis predicts climate change's economic and agricultural impacts, days above 95 degrees F, and even violent crime.

Twice the size of Hong Kong, this iceberg is the product of a huge crack that developed across the ice shelf.

U.S. mayors establish climate change resolutions in response to Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

British researchers say that plastics of the future could be made from sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing oil and natural gas byproducts.

Climate change is messing with the daily routines of female and male birds that share parenting duties, so couples are cooperating more.

The U.S., the world's second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, is now just the third country not participating in the landmark Paris climate agreement.

A Dutch designer has proposed a bicycle device to scrub smog by ionizing polluted air, then releasing it around the cyclist to make breathing easier.

Researchers have discovered 1.1 billion acres of dryland forests on Earth that were previously unknown via hi-res satellite imagery.

A thin layer of fake snow could act as a sunblock, scientists propose, helping extend the life of an iconic Alpine glacier by reducing warming.

Climate change puts coastal areas at risk. How will the domestic dislocation of millions affect inland cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas and Austin?

"River piracy" usually takes ages, but this is the first time in recorded history it's been witnessed. And it happened in a geological instant.

The water harvester, out of MIT and UC Berkeley, is small, but it's got the potential to bring water to places that desperately need it.

The growth of the rift in the Larsen C ice shelf has accelerated at a surprising pace. What does that mean for the rest of Earth?

Chocolate, wine and coffee are just a few of the foods that are affected by global warming.

Curious about Soylent? So are we. We caught up with HowStuffWorks' Jonathan Strickland to see how he was faring on his Soylent diet.

The experts have seen people trying to recycle bowling balls and curling irons. They call it 'wishful recycling'. But paper and plastic items can be problematic too.

Sometimes you gotta make a change. For our man Jonathan Strickland that meant switching to a liquid lunch — and breakfast.

Scientists in Iceland have demonstrated a way to rapidly transform harmful carbon dioxide gas emissions into solids for storage.

As humanity enters its gigacity phase, we need to find more efficient construction materials. We should look within.

A new 'atlas' of light pollution finds that one third of people on Earth can't see the night sky's most dramatic feature.