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.


There's no way around it: The world is currently gripped by a global energy crisis. As scientists scramble for answers, hydrogen energy has emerged as a great, yet flawed solution.

As two of the most important elements to the sustenance of life on Earth, the sun and water are forever intertwined. Just to name one example, the sun's energy can be used to make water palatable to those who wouldn't be able to drink it otherwise.

Researchers have been working hard over the past several years to develop new forms of alternative energy that are both cheap and environmentally friendly. Is there one fuel in particular that will save you the most?

In the wake of the financial crisis, the corporate sector has turned its eye towards green energy -- the kind that's clean and sustainable. What steps have businesses taken to drive the growth of this new market?

U.S. President Barack Obama has cited clean energy as the key to economic recovery, but how is the nation promoting clean energy research domestically? It turns out that there's a government office that's already on the case.

If you've ever held two magnets close together, you've probably felt their surprising force. Has anyone figured out how to convert that energy into an alternative power source?

Tourism is one of the world's largest exports, but it can often leave the locals with the short end of the stick. Sustainable tourism helps visitors use their vacations to have fun in ways that benefit the local economy and ecology.

As the world deals with a global food crisis, farmers need to figure out how to grow crops in a clean and sustainable way. What does sustainable agriculture accomplish that conventional farming can't?

The world's forests hold some of its most precious natural resources -- its trees. Sustainable forestry encourages attention to the forests' long-term health so they retain their value.

In the race to find alternative energy sources, wind power is a strong contender. In fact, it's already making its mark. How much do you know about this up-and-coming energy source?

Not only do cars produce a large portion of the world's pollution, but airplanes, boats, trucks, trains and buses also contribute to pollution. Is there one magic solution to pollution?

That's the goal for these minuscule technologies with their array of seemingly miraculous materials, supernatural conductivity and paranormal photonics. Can you name one?

While the specifics vary from one industry to the next, there are several generally accepted principles of green engineering that are universal. How much do you know about the discipline of green engineering?

Most scientists agree that man-made climate change is a real phenomenon, but most people respond to their dire warnings by figuratively sticking their heads in the sand. Could the problem lie in the severity of their message? In other words, are we scaring people into inaction?

Shopping may put a dent in your wallet, but it doesn't have to harm the Earth. Here are tips on keeping the environment in mind as you roam the grocery aisles.

Companies are trying to find ways of cutting energy costs so they don't have to cut workers. If you want to do your part, here are some helpful ways to conserve energy at work.

It is not always easy to go green, but we can help. Green your shopping pictures show easy tips on how to change your shopping list and go green. Click on to see pictures on how to green your shopping.

This green science image gallery shows eco-friendly applications as they apply to scientific disciplines. Take a look at these green science pictures.

Most scientists agree that human interference in the environment has something to do with the recent trend of rising temperatures on the Earth. If we got ourselves in this pickle, what can we do about it?

Though not everyone agrees why the Earth is getting warmer, temperatures are inching up worldwide. A couple of degrees doesn't seem like such a big deal. What difference can a subtle change make?

Recycling proponents tell us that everything that can be recycled should be. Some items, however, can use more energy to recycle than it would cost to make new ones. Are we better off throwing some things away?

The U.N. World Food Programme says more than 1 billion people don't get enough to eat every day. Are crops genetically modified to generate better yields the answer to the world's hunger problems?

If we all paused to look around before beginning to read this article, chances are our eyes would land on plastic. Or our hands would be resting on it as we glanced around. Will anything ever take the place of plastic?

The mighty Romans certainly never thought it would happen to them, but the sun eventually sets on even the most powerful empires. Is there more to the story than war?

Relief wells made the news as a possible method to cut off the Gulf Coast oil leak, but that's not all they're used for. How do these wells prevent and stop dangerous overflows?