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?

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How Evaporation from Lakes and Reservoirs Could Sustainably Power a Nation

Researchers have found a way to use evaporation from lakes and reservoirs to generate electricity, and say that could become a major renewable energy source.

Saber-tooth Kittens Were Big-boned

Researchers discovered that everyone's favorite prehistoric cat had some seriously big bones — even as a youngster.

Has Online Shopping Changed How Much Cardboard We Use?

Will Amazon's age of home delivery bury the environment in extra boxes? You might be surprised by the answer.

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.

Organic Farms Could Help Fight Climate Change

A study of more than 1,000 soil samples found that organic farming methods help soil retain carbon significantly more than traditional methods.

5 Things You Didn't Know About the Autumnal Equinox

The autumnal equinox is the day Earth is perfectly angled to the sun, so the day and night are of equal length. Well, almost.

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.

Roman Ruins Discovered Underwater in Tunisia

Archaeologists discovered what they believe to be ruins of the Roman city of Neapolis — underwater near Tunisia.

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.

The Caspian Sea Is Evaporating Due to Rising Average Temperatures

The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world, but it's gradually shrinking thanks to a changing climate.

Pop​-​up Wetlands Helping Migrating Shorebirds

A new study on The Nature Conservancy's pilot BirdReturns program finds that renting rice fields from farmers for migrating birds works.

10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth

It's a lot easier than you think to "go green" — many of these suggestions require little effort, yet can make a big difference for the environment.

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.

Robotic Sorting Could Be the Efficient Future of Recycling

In Colorado, a recycling robot uses artificial intelligence to sort through discarded cartons more efficiently.

There's a Second Huge Plastic Garbage Patch in the Pacific

Scientist and oceanographer Charles Moore confirmed the existence of a second huge plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean.

What Happens Next to A-68, Antarctica's New Gigantic Iceberg?

Scientists are tracking the massive iceberg A-68, which recently calved from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, to see where it drifts and whether it breaks up.

How Do Scientists Track Sea Level?

Measuring sea level has changed almost as much as the tides during the 200 or so years scientists have been tracking it. Find out how it's tracked today.

Hungry Miners in Congo Are Killing, Eating Endangered Gorillas

And your smartphone may be part of the problem; mining rare minerals needed to make them is pushing endangered apes to extinction.

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.

Trump Budget Plan Would Remove Ban on Wild Horse Sale and Slaughter

Removing the ban could help manage the animals and save money, but it could also mean the horses will be sold for their meat.

What Wind Power Critics Who Cry 'Bird' Get Wrong

Bird death is a critique among those who oppose wind turbines. The data from multiple studies doesn't back that up.

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.

The World's Largest Waterfall Is Deep Underwater

The Denmark Strait cataract dwarfs every other waterfall in the world, but you can't see it because it's deep under the Atlantic Ocean.


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