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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5 New Ways Climate Change Is Affecting Animal Life — Including Ours

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

The Future of Smart Cities: An Interview With Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

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

We Can Use Reject Tomatoes to Generate Electricity, New Research Finds

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!

Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million Per Year, Half in China and India Alone

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

You Want Solar Panels? This Mapping Website Will Tell You if They're a Good Fit

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.

How Did a Styrofoam Coffee Cup Inspire an Emergency Housing Unit Design?

Creator envisions its use at the next big natural disaster.

Produce So Local It’s Grown in the Skyscraper Next Door

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

How are drones changing agriculture?

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

Have invasive species caused any extinctions?

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

Are there antibiotics in drinking water?

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.

Could we make plastic from shrimp shells?

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?

How Invasive Species 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?

5 Farming Technologies That Changed the World

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?

10 Things That Don’t Disprove Global Warming

"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.

How does a forest fire benefit living things?

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.

Did the Mayan civilization end because of climate change?

Over the years, many theories have been advanced about why the once-mighty Mayan civilization fell. But a newer one is getting attention: Was it because of climate change?

10 Ideas for a Green Transportation Infrastructure

The idea behind a green transportation infrastructure is one that provides opportunities for people to get around their communities using their own power -- such as walking or biking. In this article we 10 ideas for greener transportation.

4 Visions of How Technology and Innovation Will Feed the Planet

Agronomists, environmentalists, and economists around the globe have been debating how to feed everyone on it for years and years.

5 Green Methods of Transporting Goods

The transportation sector is the second largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions is the U.S. Is it possible to reduce emissions without stiffing the importing and exporting of goods? You'll discover the answer in this article.

Can I be green on a budget?

Cutting cost and keeping the planet green are two hot topics these days. But is it possible to go green while you're clinching onto pennies?

How can recycling impact a community?

Lots of people consider recycling to be kind of a no-brainer, something we all should do. It's good for the environment, it re-uses materials rather than creates new ones, it reduces landfills — the list goes on and on.

How do different types of roads affect the environment?

While your car's tires may have intimate familiarity with the roads, most likely you ride atop them without much thought beyond how they'll get you from point A to point B.

How does polystyrene recycling work?

Polystyrene -- the plastic used in items ranging from plastic forks to take-out boxes to life rafts -- can be recycled, but not without costs. What does it take to recycle polystyrene?

How to Find Eco-friendly Products

What's the smartest step you can take to help reduce pollution and live in a more sustainable way?

Is it too late to stop climate change?

Global warming, fueled by greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, is as real as a Texas-sized drought. While the planet’s temperature has increased just 1 degree Fahrenheit during the past century, Earth’s coldest regions have warmed significantly more.