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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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Palm Oil Is Everywhere. Here's Why That Matters.

Palm oil has become one of the most widely used substances on the planet, but its cultivation has been an environmental and human rights disaster.

Could Injecting Particles Into the Stratosphere Slow Global Warming?

Stratospheric Aerosol Injection (SAI) is a controversial possibility in the effort to slow the rate of climate change.

'Climate Kids' Sue U.S. Over Future of the Environment

A group of 21 U.S. kids — ages 11 to 22 — are taking the government to court for failing to address the climate crisis. Can they possibly win?

Ancient Egyptians Believed Cats Had 'Divine Energy'

Archaeologists recently unearthed dozens of mummified cats from a 2,500-year-old Egyptian tomb. So what were they doing there in the first place?

Seeds of World's Rarest Trees and Crops Can't Be Banked

Seed banks like the Svalbard Vault in Norway are saving seeds for our future. But a new study found not all seeds can be banked.

Massive Underground Mud Geyser Is California's 'Slow One'

A bubbling mud pool is moving toward the San Andreas Fault, but scientists don't see evidence of an impending earthquake.

Georgia Tech Using Campus Wastewater to Grow Veggies

We flush a shocking amount of perfectly good water down the toilet every day. An environmental engineer has a better idea.

Deadly 1948 Donora Smog Launched the U.S. Clean Air Movement

A killer smog 70 years ago helped lead to the first federal air pollution laws.

Kiss Your Beer Goodbye if Climate Change Continues Unchecked

As if warming temperatures and melting glaciers aren't bad enough, now climate scientists are warning that the world's beer supply could all but dry up. Even at Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest.

Tidal Bores Are Rare, Fast and Have Epic Waves

The super-cool phenomenon of tidal bores happens in only a few places on the globe, and it takes a very specific set of conditions to occur.

Why Don't More Cities Require Green Roofs?

While green roofs make sense in a lot of ways, requiring their installation isn't as simple as it might seem.

What Causes High Tide and Low Tide? Why Are There Two Tides Each Day?

The oceans' levels change daily across the globe. We know them as tidal changes. But what causes this constant shift in sea level and why is it more dramatic is some places than others?

What Causes an Iceberg to Flip?

Around 90 percent of an iceberg is under the water, but changing weight distribution caused by melting can make it flip.

Study Says 2035 Is Climate Change Point of No Return

After 2035 it will be extremely unlikely we can stop Earth's temperature from rising enough to kick off a dangerous medley of global disasters.

The Deadly Problem of Coal Ash

Properly disposing and storing coal ash is extremely tricky, and it only takes one small trigger to cause a catastrophe.

Temps in National Parks Increasing Much Faster Than Rest of U.S.

A new study looks at the alarming effects of climate change on America's national parks.

Fungus-based Pesticides Might Be the Green Solution of the Future

We've relied on synthetic chemical pesticides for far too long — and they haven't been doing us any favors.

Tough Job of Cleaning Pacific Garbage Patch Starts

A young inventor is launching a device aimed at cleaning up some of the debris in the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. But many conservationists are not impressed. Here's why.

Where Have All the Seashells Gone?

All that seashell collecting you've been doing actually hurts the environment.

Stonehenge Was the Final Resting Place of Foreigners, Study Finds

Some of the cremated remains buried at Stonehenge came from a spot in Wales that's more than 100 miles away. How did that happen?

Red Tide Menaces Florida Coast

Harmful algal blooms wreak havoc in oceans around the world and occur nearly every summer along the coastline of Florida.

Sweden Is Great at Turning Trash to Energy

Sweden puts less than 1 percent of its household trash into landfills, in part because it burns nearly half to generate heat and electricity.

Male and Female Farmers Cope Differently with Climate Change

When the weather becomes extreme, women in the west African country of Benin deal with agricultural challenges differently than men.

What's Behind the Gemstones 'Raining' From the Kilauea Volcano

Twitter was abuzz with reports that pretty green gems were spewing out of the Kiluaea volcano in Hawaii. But the experts took the shine off these speculations.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice

June 21 marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. There's even a midnight baseball game in Alaska to celebrate the 24 hours of sunlight.


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