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?


How Deforestation Works

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and feed us oxygen. So it's pretty much a no-brainer: Plowing down our forests is a bad idea. What's driving the destruction? And is anything being done to stop it?

How Green Pavement Works

It's not really green. It's "green." Unlike asphalt, green pavement is permeable, which means it lets rain soak through to the ground rather than roll off. How does this help our environment?

How the Rocky Mountain Institute Works

The founder of this organization was one of the first to challenge the United States' reliance on oil. How does he think being environmentally conscious can also help a company's bottom line?

How Urban Planning Works

Scientists say that as of May 2007,. more people now live in urban than in rural areas. So how do planners make cities work for all those people?

What is Superfund Redevelopment?

What if you found out that the house you just purchased sits on land that used to be a toxic waste dump? Would you believe the EPA when it tells you you're safe?

How the Ozone Layer Works

The word "ozone" gets tossed around conversation as casually as a softball, but how many of us could really describe what the ozone layer is? The "hole" in it isn't exactly a hole.

What is the urban heat island effect?

If you've ever walked the New York City streets in July, you've experienced the misery of this phenomenon. Why do cities heat up like furnaces while surrounding rural areas remain cooler?

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?

How Eco-terrorism Works

Protecting the Earth is serious business for a radical group of environmental and animal activists dubbed eco-terrorists. Who are they? Why does the FBI consider them a top priority?

What is the worst environmental disaster in history?

You don't have to think too hard to come up with a long list of candidates for this title, but one far-reaching environmental catastrophe stands above the others.