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.

Can house music solve the energy crisis?

Electrifying dance moves might impress your friends, but they usually don't help power the club you're dancing in. What's piezoelectricity, and how could it help twist the future of energy generation?

Will alternative fuels deplete global corn supplies?

We humans like to trade one problem for another. We give up drinking only to take up smoking. Will we also exchange a reliance on dwindling fossil fuels for a food shortage caused by ethanol production?

How Demand Response Works

In today's wired world, everybody wants more power. But how do energy utilities manage the demand for electricity? Would you be shocked to know you can help?

Do wind turbines cause health problems?

Green, clean energy sounds good at first blush: Harness the power of the wind to run our creature comforts. But could the sounds people hear (and don't hear) from wind turbines endanger their health?

Could luminescent solar concentrators make solar power more affordable?

What's a good way to make solar power affordable? Find a way to generate more electricity in a smaller area. You can do it -- just concentrate.

Is there a correlation between gas prices and obesity?

While we might groan when gas prices soar, the price hike could have a positive effect on our waistlines. Does paying more at the pump mean lowered rates of obesity?

Can my body generate power after I die?

Haunted by ideas of your body polluting the Earth after you're gone? Microbial fuel cell technology could allow you to harness the energy of your own decomposition to power batteries.

5 Green Cities of the Future

Sustainable urbanism is no longer a futuristic dream. Welcome to five cities around the world that will be turning a radical shade of green in the coming decades.

What are climate refugees?

Different kinds of disasters turn people into refugees. Sometimes it's political unrest, religious persecution or ethnic strife. And sometimes it's the climate that makes it impossible to stay at home.

How Eco-anxiety Works

While it's good to be environmentally accountable, too much eco-angst can spiral into an actual anxiety disorder. What makes people lose sleep thinking about their big, muddy carbon footprints?

What are oil sands?

As high-yield oil supplies become harder to find, energy companies are turning to oil sands: mixtures of bitumen, sand and water. How do you extract oil from mucky, viscous soil?