Green Science is the application of eco-friendly thinking to scientific disciplines. Learn about global warming, pollution and other impacts on nature and the planet, plus what we can do to combat them.
Protecting Tropical Forests Has Side Benefit: Slowing Climate Change
Scientists Identify Third-Largest Eruption in Earth’s History
How Evaporation from Lakes and Reservoirs Could Sustainably Power a Nation
Robotic Sorting Could Be the Efficient Future of Recycling
Will Amazon's age of home delivery bury the environment in extra boxes? You might be surprised by the answer.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 27, 2017
As sea levels rise, understanding the 'new normal' for coastal regions prone to flooding will be essential. There's an app for that.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 25, 2017
People are developing all kinds of packaging products that are tasty alternatives to landfill waste.
By Alia Hoyt Sep 12, 2017
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 8, 2017
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.
By Katie Lambert
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.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Aug 30, 2017
A UN agency projects that increasing demand for agricultural products will slow over the next decade, as prices are expected to stay low.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 14, 2017
A county-by-county analysis predicts climate change's economic and agricultural impacts, days above 95 degrees F, and even violent crime.
By John Donovan Jul 13, 2017
Twice the size of Hong Kong, this iceberg is the product of a huge crack that developed across the ice shelf.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 12, 2017
U.S. mayors establish climate change resolutions in response to Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Jun 30, 2017
British researchers say that plastics of the future could be made from sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing oil and natural gas byproducts.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jun 22, 2017
Climate change is messing with the daily routines of female and male birds that share parenting duties, so couples are cooperating more.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 9, 2017
The U.S., the world's second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, is now just the third country not participating in the landmark Paris climate agreement.
By Sarah Gleim Jun 1, 2017
A Dutch designer has proposed a bicycle device to scrub smog by ionizing polluted air, then releasing it around the cyclist to make breathing easier.
By Patrick J. Kiger May 25, 2017
Researchers have discovered 1.1 billion acres of dryland forests on Earth that were previously unknown via hi-res satellite imagery.
By John Perritano May 24, 2017
A thin layer of fake snow could act as a sunblock, scientists propose, helping extend the life of an iconic Alpine glacier by reducing warming.
By Jonathan Strickland May 11, 2017
Climate change puts coastal areas at risk. How will the domestic dislocation of millions affect inland cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas and Austin?
By Laurie L. Dove May 9, 2017
"River piracy" usually takes ages, but this is the first time in recorded history it's been witnessed. And it happened in a geological instant.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 25, 2017
The water harvester, out of MIT and UC Berkeley, is small, but it's got the potential to bring water to places that desperately need it.
By Patrick J. Kiger Apr 20, 2017
The growth of the rift in the Larsen C ice shelf has accelerated at a surprising pace. What does that mean for the rest of Earth?
By Patrick J. Kiger Jan 25, 2017
Chocolate, wine and coffee are just a few of the foods that are affected by global warming.
By John Donovan Sep 29, 2016
Curious about Soylent? So are we. We caught up with HowStuffWorks' Jonathan Strickland to see how he was faring on his Soylent diet.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 17, 2016
The experts have seen people trying to recycle bowling balls and curling irons. They call it 'wishful recycling'. But paper and plastic items can be problematic too.
By Dave Roos Aug 5, 2016
Sometimes you gotta make a change. For our man Jonathan Strickland that meant switching to a liquid lunch — and breakfast.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 1, 2016
Scientists in Iceland have demonstrated a way to rapidly transform harmful carbon dioxide gas emissions into solids for storage.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jul 12, 2016
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