Environmental Science

The environment is truly a thing of beauty and should be protected whenever possible. What can we do to save the environment, and what new technology is available to help us?


British researchers say that plastics of the future could be made from sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing oil and natural gas byproducts.

Scientists have found that snow and rain trigger earthquakes. Could their study help predict the Big One?

China, the world's largest emitter of CO2, is making steps to combat those emissions by creating the world's largest floating solar panel farm.

Climate change is messing with the daily routines of female and male birds that share parenting duties, so couples are cooperating more.

Performance art, science and the issue of a polarized society intersect to challenge viewers' thoughts.

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.

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.

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

Henderson Island has a human population of zero, and the highest density of litter anywhere in the world.

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.

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

Wildness is a necessity, as naturalist John Muir once wrote. And it helps if that wildness isn't drowned out by man-made noise pollution.

Antarctica's Blood Falls looks like a geological horror scene. For decades, scientists weren't sure why. Until now.

"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.

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.

Salt used in the winter to deice roadways is having an impact on hundreds of lakes across the region.

Talk about a Brexit! Scientists have clues to catastrophic flooding that destroyed a land bridge that once connected England and France.

You might be in trouble when the end of the world is near, but at least your data won't be.

Surprisingly, living in a city with a high level of natural radiation doesn't have any ill effects.

Australia's having some serious energy issues. Elon Musk is betting Tesla can help.

The prehistoric penguin was the size of a small adult human, which says a lot about penguins' evolution.

And archaeologists figured it out with just a little DNA.

As the world becomes more urbanized, the demand for sand, a key ingredient of concrete, keeps growing. But there's only so much sand to go around.

Some scientists are proposing a massive array of wind-powered pumps to bring more Arctic water to the surface, so it can freeze and thicken existing sea ice.

Although the trenched enclosures were probably used to conduct rituals, they can tell us how the ancient indigenous people of the Amazon managed their forests.