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?


As sea levels rise with climate change, beaches are losing ground against ever-encroaching waters. Trucking in sand may seem like a good idea, but the evidence, while not yet conclusive, may show otherwise.

He might be the most important scientist you've never heard of, but the ocean current that bears his name helped shape the development of evolutionary theory.

People have floated the idea of towing icebergs to drought-stricken parts of the world for years. Sounds like a good idea, but how viable is it?

While plastic such as Styrofoam may be cheap and convenient to use, it contributes to costly health issues and is an inconvenient pollutant that takes up to 500 years to biodegrade.

The Sahara has expanded by about 10 percent in the past century, mostly due to natural causes, but not all. We can blame the rest on man-made climate change.

We may be able to capture carbon emitted from fossil fuel-burning power plants and convert it to fuel for storing energy generated by wind turbines and solar panels.

Blue whales are the largest mammal ever known to exist on Earth. So what makes these creatures so huge?

Ocean water is not actually blue, but appears in different shades for many reasons.

Archaeologists discovered three sets of human footprints on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. They've now determined these footprints are the oldest in all of North America.

Getting your home to zero waste doesn't have to mean re-structuring your entire life. Sure, you'll have to make changes, but most of them are surprisingly easy.

Water covers about 71 percent of Earth's surface, but do you know the difference between an ocean and a sea? And which ocean is the smallest?

Ever wondered what's the difference between a river, a stream, a brook and a tributary?

You read that right. Paper made from animal manure could be coming to an office near you. OK, not really, but poop to paper is a thing.

The spring, or vernal, equinox traditionally marks the first day of spring — but climate scientists use a different date altogether. Find out more about this and other facts we've gathered for your astronomical pleasure.

Wine pomace — the portion of grapes left over from winemaking — has a variety of uses, from fertilizer to a nutrition-enhancing ingredient in foods.

Petrified wood can be found all over the world, but how is it created?

The Great Lakes are named so for several reasons, including shipwreck preservation, fresh water and even birdwatching.

Fog harvesting has been going on in some form since ancient times, but scientists have been refining the method so people living in some of the most arid climates can have water.

Helium balloons are dangerous to the environment and wildlife — so why isn't releasing them illegal?

Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II is making changes to the Royals solid-wasted plan, and that includes banning many plastics.

Will China's ban on plastic imports prompt Westerners to change our wasteful ways?

There's no easy fix for climate change so scientists are playing with altering the Earth's natural systems in hopes of slowing it down. What could possibly go wrong?

Fog and mist are similar scientifically. But what makes them different?

Human attempts to alter the Earth's natural systems could either successfully avert climate change or fail and cause even greater harm.

Cape Town, South Africa, population 3.7 million, could become the first city on the planet to run out of water. But it may not be the last.