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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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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.

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.

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.

Mushroom Burial Suit Creates Life After Death

The Mushroom Burial Suit is designed to give our dead bodies new life by breaking them down and nourishing the soil.

Do Wind Turbines Cause Health Problems?

Green, clean energy sounds good at first: Harness the power of the wind to run our creature comforts. But could the sounds people hear (and don't hear) from wind turbines endanger their health?

Here's Where to Find the Cleanest Air in the World

Some cities, even large ones, are making big strides in improving air quality.

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.

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.

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.

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