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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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Most Scientists Agree Another Pangaea Is Certain, Disagree How It Will Look

Geologists agree that the world's landmasses were once all one supercontinent. Is it likely to happen again?

Tesla Installs World's Largest Battery in Australia

Tesla has built the world's largest lithium-ion battery storage system in Australia.

Scientists Identify Third-Largest Eruption in Earth’s History

The beautiful scenery in Washington state hides a darker history. It was formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption that cooled the planet.

Our World Is Rich With Places to See Real Dinosaur Tracks

Where on the planet can you visit to see with your own eyes the tracks left by dinosaurs? Fossilized dino footprints might be just outside your back door, but here are good places to start.

Protecting Tropical Forests Has Side Benefit: Slowing Climate Change

If you think climate change is bad now, two scientists estimate what it would be like without our protected forests.

Just 10 River Systems Contribute Up to 95 Percent of Plastic in Oceans

Environmental researchers found that large river systems with lots of surrounding residents are the sources of plastic debris in the oceans.

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.

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.

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