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.


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.

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?

Chocolate, wine and coffee are just a few of the foods that are affected by global warming.

Curious about Soylent? So are we. We caught up with HowStuffWorks' Jonathan Strickland to see how he was faring on his Soylent diet.

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.

Sometimes you gotta make a change. For our man Jonathan Strickland that meant switching to a liquid lunch — and breakfast.

Scientists in Iceland have demonstrated a way to rapidly transform harmful carbon dioxide gas emissions into solids for storage.

As humanity enters its gigacity phase, we need to find more efficient construction materials. We should look within.

A new 'atlas' of light pollution finds that one third of people on Earth can't see the night sky's most dramatic feature.

More ticks! Different birds! Sicker humans! Changing the world's climate is, well, changing the world.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thinks Hotlanta is having a moment. We sat down with him to hear why.

Talk about a real power plant. Researchers have shown that the electrons released from tomato waste can be captured. Toss those rotten tomatoes right into the future!

Millions of people die every year because of poor air quality, new international research finds. That number is expected to rise in coming years.

Not only that, it will also tell you how long it'll take to recoup your investment. Now you just have to hope that the Mapdwell folks are planning to map your city soon.

Creator envisions its use at the next big natural disaster.

Wouldn't it be nice if that decrepit old warehouse in your town finally found new life, as a farm?

Climate change should shape the infrastructure of the future, says one engineering expert. Here's how.

Drones give farmers a fresh look at what's happening with their crops.

Introducing a new species into an ecosystem can have unforeseen and disastrous consequences for the species that already live there.

If you think about all the things that are removed from your drinking water, you'd be pretty thankful for public water systems. But they can't keep out everything.

Yes, we have way too much non-biodegradable plastic clogging up everything on this planet, but what if there was a way to make plastic out of something better or even more natural? Would shrimp shells work?

They bring herds of identical friends, they eat all the food and they just won't leave the party. How can we get rid of these uninvited guests in Earth's ecoystems?

Farming technologies have allowed the world to be fed, even though most people no longer farm. Only 2 percent of Americans are farmers, versus 90 percent in the 1700s. Which tools and technologies have had the most impact on farming and why?

"It's been so cold this winter — so much for global warming." Ever heard anyone say that? We explain why cold weather — and nine other things – don't disprove global warming.

Forest-fire prevention has been a touchstone of American consciousness since the creation of Smokey the Bear in the 1940s. But now, environmental experts believe that some amount of fire is good for the forest too.