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?


The beautiful scenery in Washington state hides a darker history. It was formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption that cooled the planet.

Where on the planet can you visit to see with your own eyes the tracks left by dinosaurs? Fossilized dino footprints might be just outside your back door, but here are good places to start.

If you think climate change is bad now, two scientists estimate what it would be like without our protected forests.

Environmental researchers found that large river systems with lots of surrounding residents are the sources of plastic debris in the oceans.

Researchers have found a way to use evaporation from lakes and reservoirs to generate electricity, and say that could become a major renewable energy source.

Researchers discovered that everyone's favorite prehistoric cat had some seriously big bones — even as a youngster.

Will Amazon's age of home delivery bury the environment in extra boxes? You might be surprised by the answer.

As sea levels rise, understanding the 'new normal' for coastal regions prone to flooding will be essential. There's an app for that.

A study of more than 1,000 soil samples found that organic farming methods help soil retain carbon significantly more than traditional methods.

The autumnal equinox is the day Earth is perfectly angled to the sun, so the day and night are of equal length. Well, almost.

People are developing all kinds of packaging products that are tasty alternatives to landfill waste.

Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be ruins of the Roman city of Neapolis — underwater near Tunisia.

It isn't often that trash comes to the environment's rescue, but one company's wasted orange peels have transformed a barren plot of land into a lush forest.

The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world, but it's gradually shrinking thanks to a changing climate.

A new study on The Nature Conservancy's pilot BirdReturns program finds that renting rice fields from farmers for migrating birds works.

It's a lot easier than you think to "go green" -- many of these suggestions require little effort, yet can make a big difference for the environment.

Alaska's Kodiak bears are gorging on berries instead of salmon because of warming temperatures, which could have a ripple effect on the island's ecology.

In Colorado, a recycling robot uses artificial intelligence to sort through discarded cartons more efficiently.

Scientist and oceanographer Charles Moore confirmed the existence of a second huge plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists are tracking the massive iceberg A-68, which recently calved from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, to see where it drifts and whether it breaks up.

Measuring sea level has changed almost as much as the tides during the 200 or so years scientists have been tracking it. Find out how it's tracked today.

And your smartphone may be part of the problem; mining rare minerals needed to make them is pushing endangered apes to extinction.

A UN agency projects that increasing demand for agricultural products will slow over the next decade, as prices are expected to stay low.

A county-by-county analysis predicts climate change's economic and agricultural impacts, days above 95 degrees F, and even violent crime.

Twice the size of Hong Kong, this iceberg is the product of a huge crack that developed across the ice shelf.