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Environmental Science

The environment is truly a thing of beauty and should be protected whenever possible. What can we do to save the environment, and what new technology is available to help us?

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Bill Nye Says the U.S. Is Failing a National Test of Science Literacy

Bill Nye says he quit his day job at Boeing to engage young people in science literacy. And he's still fighting that fight today.

How Much Water Is There on Earth?

Water is one of the most abundant substances on the planet. About 70 percent of our planet is covered by oceans, but just how much water is there on Earth?

Kernza: The Environment-friendly Wheat Crop that Wants to Feed the World

Kernza is a wheat-like grain that doesn't have to be replanted each year, making it the ideal crop to aid in the fight against climate change and help to feed the world.

Ocean Plastic Once Choking Chile's Shores Now in Patagonia's Hats

A startup is recycling tons of discarded fishing nets throughout Chile. Is this a template for tackling the global plastic waste problem?

Can Mushrooms Actually Help Save the Planet?

Many people think mushrooms have the potential to be environmental game-changers by replacing some plastics, meats and even eating through landfill waste. Could these fungi really help save the planet?

How the Environment Has Changed Since the First Earth Day 50 Years Ago

It's been 50 years since the first Earth Day, and while progress has been made in some areas, humanity still has had a major impact on the planet.

How Coronavirus Has Helped to Clear the Air

Satellite data shows just how much air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis, from China, India, Italy and beyond.

Ohio Residents Fight to Give Lake Erie Legal Rights

A growing network of global activists is taking an alternative approach to saving the environment: Pushing to recognize natural ecosystems as having legal rights like humans.

Velociraptor Alert: The Feathered Dinosaur Quiz

Birds are — quite literally — living dinosaurs. Our quiz will test your knowledge of the fluffy, downy and winged dinos of the bygone Mesozoic era, from little Microraptor to the enormous Yutyrannus.

Tiny Island of Niue Is World's First 'Dark Sky Nation'

Though certain parks or preserves have gotten the International Dark Sky Place designation before, this remote South Pacific island became the first entire country to be so honored.

The Stratosphere: Where Birds and Planes Fly and Bacteria Thrives

The stratosphere is the second-lowest level in Earth's atmosphere. It's a bastion of ozone gas and rapid winds, where clouds are scarce, but life endures.

7 Hot Facts About the Pacific Ring of Fire

The Pacific's Ring of Fire is a 25,000 mile long "ring" that's home to 75 percent of all the world's volcanic activity and 90 percent of the planet's earthquakes. So what makes this area so active?

Is Old Faithful Petering Out?

Since its discovery in 1870, the Wyoming cone geyser Old Faithful has wowed spectators with its predictable eruptions, but its eruptions are not quite as predictable or prodigious as they once were.

What Is an Ice Volcano?

Ice volcanoes form when it's freezing cold outside and choppy water is forced to erupt through a hole in the ice around a body of water, cascading down into the classic shape of a volcano.

Young, Rural Climate Strikers Are Going It Alone

Even having to strike alone hasn't deterred these youth from getting out the message regarding the impending climate crisis. And what keeps them going, they say? Greta Thunberg.

Lawns to Legumes: Minnesota Pays Homeowners to Plant 'Bee Lawns'

The rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) is on the verge of extinction and the state of Minnesota is doing something about it.

River-bottom Bones: The Strange World of Underwater Fossil Hunting

Not all fossils are found on dry land. In fact some of the most fascinating fossil finds in history have been submerged for centuries.

Scientists Say: Hey, Hikers, Stop Stacking Rocks!

It may seem cool to stack rocks for fun or artistic purposes but moving rocks may inadvertently threaten small mammals and insects and contribute to soil erosion.

What Are Single-use Plastics and Should They Be Banned?

China has joined the more than 120 countries outlawing certain types of single-use plastics, those convenient but controversial plastics we've all become so used to. What exactly are they, though, and is banning them really necessary?

Quiz: Can You Tell Climate Change Fact From Fiction?

Earth is a complex place, and its climate follows suit. That may explain why many of us are still confused about climate change. Think you can tell the facts from myths? Find out with this quiz and learn a little something along the way.

What Will Earth Look Like in 500 Years?

"The 26th century" doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as "the 21st century" does. But that hasn't stopped us from imagining what our hometown planet will be like in a few hundred years. Any guesses?

Why Is the Tropic of Cancer Important?

You've probably heard of the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, but do you know the difference?

Why Is the Tropic of Capricorn Important?

You've probably heard of the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, but do you know the difference?

6 Stone-cold Facts About the Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is a region marked by frigid temperatures, strange sunlight and glaciers galore. And for hundreds of thousands of people, it's also home sweet home.

Who Was the World's First King?

This is not an easy question to answer, thanks to the mists of time. But historians have put forth several possibilities. An ancient tablet claims one king ruled for 28,000 years!

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