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 Seed Banks Work

Scientists are stockpiling the world's seeds, organizing them in giant libraries of planting possibilities. Is every type of plant included? Or, are the seeds of pesky plants shunned?


As Light Pollution Grows, Much of Humanity Can't See the Milky Way

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

5 New Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Animal Life — Including Ours

More ticks! Different birds! Sicker humans! Changing the world's climate is, well, changing the world.

The Future of Smart Cities: An Interview With Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thinks Hotlanta is having a moment. We sat down with him to hear why.

We Can Use Reject Tomatoes to Generate Electricity, New Research Finds

Talk about a real power plant. Researchers have shown that the electrons released from tomato waste can be captured. Toss those rotten tomatoes right into the future!

Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million Per Year, Half in China and India Alone

Millions of people die every year because of poor air quality, new international research finds. That number is expected to rise in coming years.

You Want Solar Panels? This Mapping Website Will Tell You if They're a Good Fit

Not only that, it will also tell you how long it'll take to recoup your investment. Now you just have to hope that the Mapdwell folks are planning to map your city soon.

How Did a Styrofoam Coffee Cup Inspire an Emergency Housing Unit Design?

Creator envisions its use at the next big natural disaster.

Produce So Local It’s Grown in the Skyscraper Next Door

Wouldn't it be nice if that decrepit old warehouse in your town finally found new life, as a farm?

How Cities Can Prepare to Withstand Global Warming

Climate change should shape the infrastructure of the future, says one engineering expert. Here's how.

How are drones changing agriculture?

Drones give farmers a fresh look at what's happening with their crops.