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.

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How the Iowa Stored Energy Park Will Work

Wind energy is great, but what happens when there's no breeze? The Iowa Stored Energy Park will store compressed air underground. Can it replace traditional energy sources?


Is the United States addicted to gasoline?

There's no transdermal patch to help the United States end its addiction to oil. As gas prices rise and pollution spreads, can anything break our gasoholic tendencies?

What is Forest Stewardship Council certification?

A high demand for lumber and paper can lead to deforestation, which can deplete forests, threaten wildlife and contribute to global warming. That's where the Forest Stewardship Council certification comes in.

Which is more environmentally friendly: paper or plastic?

Are multipurpose plastic bags or those throwback brown paper bags more environmentally friendly? That question could leave you speechless on your next trip to the grocery store.

10 Wacky Forms of Alternative Energy

For those who reduce, reuse and recycle to the beat of their own drum, here are some of the wackier ways to help better the environment and lessen carbon footprints.

Do wind turbines kill birds?

For all of its cleanliness, wind power has long been linked to the grisly deaths of birds. Why did one range in California earn turbines the name "bird-o-matics"?

What is China doing to create a green Olympics?

When vying for its Olympic bid, Beijing promised that it could stage a green games. So what makes an international event "green," and what's Beijing doing to prepare for its debut?

Can we harness energy from outer space?

As alternative energy sources sputter to take off on Earth, scientists are turning an eye toward space. What are the most promising celestial options, and when could they be in use?

What would happen to the environment if U.S. federal lands were open to oil drilling?

Many oil companies claim to have cleaned up their act. But are they clean enough to set up shop on federal land? What are the risks of opening our preserved wilderness?

How CO2 Scrubbing Works

What if you could scrub out carbon dioxide emissions before they ever dirtied the atmosphere? This exciting technology could do just that, but will the benefits outweigh the costs?

Why do some scientists want to scatter tubes throughout the open ocean?

Some scientists think that the ocean is a potentially enormous storage ground for carbon dioxide. Could thousands of aquatic tubes help sequester carbon, or is it all just a pipe dream?