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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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.

By Oisin Curran

We flush a shocking amount of perfectly good water down the toilet every day. An environmental engineer has a better idea.

By Oisin Curran

We've relied on synthetic chemical pesticides for far too long — and they haven't been doing us any favors.

By Jesslyn Shields

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When the weather becomes extreme, women in the west African country of Benin deal with agricultural challenges differently than men.

By Jesslyn Shields

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.

By John Donovan

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.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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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

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

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

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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

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

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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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

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

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

Researchers have discovered 1.1 billion acres of dryland forests on Earth that were previously unknown via hi-res satellite imagery.

By John Perritano

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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

"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