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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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How the Ancient Land Blob Gondwana Became Today's Continents

Gondwana was a humongous landmass that persisted for 300 million years before it began to break up, forming all the continents in the modern Southern Hemisphere.

Polymer SunBOTs Imitate Sunflowers to Create Maximum Solar Energy

These new devices may be used in the future to absorb more of the sun's energy than today's solar panels are capable of collecting.

How Artificial Glaciers Are Hydrating the Himalayas

Ice stupas are artificial glaciers that store frozen water to be used for hydrating crops in the driest stretches of the year in the high desert of Himalaya.

Plate Tectonics Puts Together the Puzzle of Earth's Shifting Crust

The Earth is unique in the solar system because its surface is made of moving plates, which may enable the very existence of life.

Green or Blue? The Best Turquoise Is More Valuable Than Diamonds

Cultures all over the world have treasured turquoise for its color and rarity for thousands of years — from Native American jewelry and Aztec and Mesoamerican art to King Tutankhamun's death mask.

How the Salton Sea Became an Eco Wasteland

California's largest inland lake has essentially become a ticking ecological time bomb. And the clock is running out — fast.

Carbon Capture-to-fuel Is Here

Wouldn't it be nice if we could pull CO2 out of thin air and transform it into a fuel that's better for the environment?Now we can.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth

Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment of history. What can you do to make a difference? We've got 10 tips for you.

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

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

How Some Cities Prepare to Withstand Climate Change

Rising sea levels, increased flood and extreme heat are all signs of climate change. Cities are trying some innovate strategies to cope with and mitigate these events.

Are Plastic-eating Enzymes Our Planet's Only Hope?

Scientists are hoping two enzymes are the key to breaking down huge amounts of plastic.

The Anthropocene Epoch: Humans vs. the Earth

Many scientists believe that humans influence Earth at a rate so massive that a change to the geologic time scale is in order.

What's the Difference Between Global Warming and Climate Change?

Global warming and climate change are terms often treated like synonyms, but they have different meanings. We'll explain the difference and why both are so important to know.

Female Citizen Scientists Set Sail to Tackle Ocean Plastic

EXXpedition founder Emily Penn will captain the 300, all-female crew in its first Round the World sailing voyage.

London Becomes the World's First National Park City

The city is planning to be 50 percent greenspace by 2050. Who says you can't take the Tube to a pub in the middle of a national park?

Cobalt: Essential for Batteries and Bright Blues

Cobalt is associated with the color blue, but it's so needed for rechargeable batteries that the U.S. put it on the list of minerals it can't live without.

Gingko Biloba Leaves Help Track Climate Change

The tree that survived three major extinction events on Earth might be key in helping us understand the climate crisis ahead.

'The Fighting Women' of Africa Collect Plastic to Build Schools

In Africa's Ivory Coast, a group of women saw a need and came together to collect plastic for recycling into bricks to build schools.

Are Bug Zappers Bad News?

Not only do bug zappers mostly kill beneficial insects, they also can serve you up a side of bacteria with your burger.

There's a Rhino-shaped Cave in Washington State

It's perhaps one of the strangest fossils ever discovered. We'll explain how it came to be 15 million years ago, and how hikers found it in the '30s.

6 Tough Facts About Titanium

What's as strong as steel but half the weight; able to live in almost any body part and an important part of both airplanes and cake frosting? Would you believe, titanium?

Could Planting 1 Trillion Trees Counteract Climate Change?

Many scientists say that the response to climate change will require planting new trees. A whole lot of them.

The Iconic Joshua Tree Is in Danger of Extinction

Joshua trees can live for up to 300 years, but climate change is threatening their very survival.

Is Permafrost Really, Well, Permanent?

Permafrost across the globe is rapidly melting. What could this mean for the future of the planet?

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