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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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.

Is organic meat eco-friendly?

These days, concerns about health, responsible farming techniques, fair trade practices and genetically modified organisms are just some of the reasons why making your weekly grocery list may seem to require a degree in geopolitical economics or chemistry.

Tips for Minimizing Your Carbon Footprint

Environmental awareness is at an all-time high. We've moved beyond the message that littering is bad -- today we have Web sites, television programs, documentaries and books examining our impact upon the environment.

Tips for Sustainable Farming

There was a time when eggs were eggs, beef was beef and grapes were red or green. Eating locally meant going to the restaurant down the street. Now, farming isn't even just farming – it's industrial or sustainable.

Top 10 Alternative Transportation Methods

The automobile is one of the most important inventions of the past 150 years. This is not only because it provides convenient personal transport and great independence through mobility, but also because of the problems it can cause.

Top 10 Transportation Pollution Solutions

Transportation is one of the world's leading causes of pollution. In many urban areas, as much as 90 percent of the pollutants in the air come from motor vehicles alone.

What are the challenges of reducing solid waste?

Landfills have long been the final destination for garbage, but as they start to fill up, we're left to find ways to reduce our waste. What challenges are involved, and why isn't reducing waste as easy as it sounds?

What environmental issues will the next generation face?

Greenhouse gases, CFCs, oil guzzling cars and smoke-belching industry. We don't lack examples of environmental threats that have occupied the previous generations.

What human activities increase carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

Although a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) occurs naturally in the Earth's atmosphere, there are several human activities that increase levels of the greenhouse gas.

What is green noise and how could we use it?

What is green noise and how could we use it? Learn more about green noise and how we use it in this article.

Where is the Earth's carbon stored?

No one would blame you if you're sick of hearing about carbon. Every day it seems there are news stories about rising carbon levels, carbon emissions and even the search for new carbon-based life forms


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