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?


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.

Climate change may be melting glaciers, but it's also reducing the oxygen of the world's oceans. Without oxygen, many marine organisms may no longer be able to survive.

The American West may seem rugged, but it's a fragile environment. 21st-century flow levels for the Colorado are down 19 percent from 20th-century averages.

The unique, annual sea ice phenomenon is created when pure, salt-free river water hits cold, saline seawater near the beaches of Hokkaido.

The largest coal-fired power plant in the western United States could close up shop by the end of 2017. And the reasons aren’t strictly environmental.

A wall spanning a continent would alter the environment for the worse, with its impact felt across numerous species and ecosystems.

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?

The Cuvette Centrale peatlands hold astounding amounts of carbon scientists had never fully mapped. The new discovery emphasizes a need for protection.

Now that its sequel is out, where did Al Gore's landmark environmental documentary hit the mark? What did it get wrong?

The OneLessStraw campaign encourages people to kick their straw habit to keep plastic from harming the environment.

China has a voracious appetite for elephant ivory, but the country plans to shut down its ivory market by the end of 2017. Will it be enough to save the elephants?

Most mammals have a penis bone called a baculum, but humans don't. A new study sheds light on the history of the baculum, and why ours is missing.

Decades after the massive conflict, reminders of battles linger in pristine Pacific waters.

Recent icebergs and unexpected glacial rifts are indicating that something troubling is going on beneath the ice.

Science has determined that disappearing completely into quicksand isn't possible — but that doesn't mean that getting stuck still won't kill you.

New findings about ancient, extinct Australasian bandicoot and bilby species underscore how dire things are today when even survivors like these are struggling.

The island of Ta'u is ditching diesel and embracing solar, with a little help from SolarCity and some government funding.

A new study shows how, years after the disaster, oil from the disaster has made its way into terrestrial species.

Take a look inside the deadly brine pool in the Gulf of Mexico that's captivating the world's attention.

A French company has created a miniature wind turbine that looks like a tree and could provide enough energy for a house.

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