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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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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.

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.

What if Bicycles Could Clean the Polluted Air Around Them?

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.

Satellite Images Reveal Earth Has More Forests Than Previously Thought

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

The Plan to Regrow a Shrinking Swiss Glacier Using Artificial Snow

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.

Rising Sea Levels Mean These U.S. Cities Should Prep for Millions of Migrants

Climate change puts coastal areas at risk. How will the domestic dislocation of millions affect inland cities like Atlanta, Las Vegas and Austin?

Climate Change Reverses a River's Flow in Canadian Glacier

"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.

This Solar-powered Device Can Extract Water From Desert-dry Air

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.

How Concerned Should We Be About This Massive Crack in Antarctica?

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?

How Climate Change is Monkeying Around with Your Favorite Foods

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

The Soylent Adventure Continues!

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

Three Big Mistakes We Make With Recycling

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.

Why I'm Eating Soylent for Two Meals a Day

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

Turning Captured Carbon Emissions Into Stone Could Be Easier Than Expected

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

Cities Built of Bone and Sewage Could Be Our Future Homes

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

As Light Pollution Grows, Much of Humanity Can't See the Milky Way

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

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