Green Science

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Plastic-Eating Enzyme May Be Our Planet's New Hope

Scientists are hoping to use the enzyme to break down huge amounts of plastic.

Reaching the Zen of Zero Waste

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.

Poo-pyrus: Eco-friendly Paper Made from Poop

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.

Queen Elizabeth II Bans Plastic From Royal Estates

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

China Says We Don't Want Your Plastic

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

Are Automatic Toilets Still Wasting Water?

Automatic toilets have come a long way toward being water savers.

How Eco-Friendly is YOUR Favorite Superhero?

Your favorite comic book superhero might be saving the world, but at what carbon cost?

Has Online Shopping Changed How Much Cardboard We Use?

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

Scientists Seek Citizen Help to Map Nov. 5 King Tide Sea Levels

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

Why Throw Out Packaging When You Could Just Eat It?

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

Wasted Orange Peels Turn Barren Landscape Into Dense Forest

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.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth

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.

Kodiak Bears Skipping Salmon as Climate Changes

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.

Increasing Global Demand for Food May Slow in Coming Decade

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

Climate Change Will Make the United States Poorer, Hotter and More Unequal

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

Massive Iceberg Finally Breaks Off From Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf

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

U.S. Mayors Double Down on Climate Protection

U.S. mayors establish climate change resolutions in response to Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Scientists Create Alternative Plastics Using Just Sugars and CO2

British researchers say that plastics of the future could be made from sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing oil and natural gas byproducts.

Climate Change Is Causing Tiny Bird Couples to Share More Parenting Duties

Climate change is messing with the daily routines of female and male birds that share parenting duties, so couples are cooperating more.

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Climate Agreement

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.


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