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?


Have invasive species caused any extinctions?

Introducing a new species into an ecosystem can have unforeseen and disastrous consequences for the species that already live there.

Are there antibiotics in drinking water?

If you think about all the things that are removed from your drinking water, you'd be pretty thankful for public water systems. But they can't keep out everything.

Could we make plastic from shrimp shells?

Yes, we have way too much non-biodegradable plastic clogging up everything on this planet, but what if there was a way to make plastic out of something better or even more natural? Would shrimp shells work?

How Invasive Species Work

They bring herds of identical friends, they eat all the food and they just won't leave the party. How can we get rid of these uninvited guests in Earth's ecoystems?

5 Farming Technologies That Changed the World

Farming technologies have allowed the world to be fed, even though most people no longer farm. Only 2 percent of Americans are farmers, versus 90 percent in the 1700s. Which tools and technologies have had the most impact on farming and why?

10 Things That Don’t Disprove Global Warming

"It's been so cold this winter — so much for global warming." Ever heard anyone say that? We explain why cold weather — and nine other things – don't disprove global warming.

How does a forest fire benefit living things?

Forest-fire prevention has been a touchstone of American consciousness since the creation of Smokey the Bear in the 1940s. But now, environmental experts believe that some amount of fire is good for the forest too.

Did the Mayan civilization end because of climate change?

Over the years, many theories have been advanced about why the once-mighty Mayan civilization fell. But a newer one is getting attention: Was it because of climate change?

10 Ideas for a Green Transportation Infrastructure

The idea behind a green transportation infrastructure is one that provides opportunities for people to get around their communities using their own power -- such as walking or biking. In this article we 10 ideas for greener transportation.

4 Visions of How Technology and Innovation Will Feed the Planet

Agronomists, environmentalists, and economists around the globe have been debating how to feed everyone on it for years and years.