Science & Technology
A forward-looking building in Seattle captures rainwater in a 56,000-gallon underground cistern. And that's all the water it ever needs. How quaint, how Neolithic—and how smart.
Introducing OnEarth’s first-ever theme month, exploring the ways in which cutting-edge ideas about sustainability have been influenced by wisdom from previous generations.
As we race toward the Next Big Sustainable Idea, it's worth pausing to check the rearview mirror.
Are you raising 'Generation Toxic?' Here’s how to keep your kids safe from some of the worst chemicals that could damage their development.
The last thing the Everglades needs is another huge snake squeezing out native wildlife—but are green anacondas really breeding in the swamp?
Climate change could bring more runoff and toxic algal blooms to Lake Erie.
Anaerobic digestion enlists microbes to gobble up the organic waste that typically goes into landfills. Could it also turn our rotten melons into fresh megawatts?
California, parched by drought and shrinking mountain snowpacks, hopes cloudseeding (yes, cloudseeding) could help quench its driest year on record.
Sorry shirtless firemen, climate scientists could take over the sexy calendar market in 2014.
Will removing dams from the Penobscot River restore Atlantic salmon and other migratory fish—and through them, New England’s great forests—to their former glory?
Drugs given to humans and livestock may be creating superbugs in nature.
Tiny plastic spheres used in cosmetics are polluting the Great Lakes. Local officials are trying to stem the tide.
Leaked documents reveal that a "science" group—which defends fracking, junk food, BPA, and pesticides—has been taking money from big business. Anyone surprised?
The insatiable and destructive Asian carp is reproducing in the Great Lakes watershed for the first time—now what?
The country that used to take the majority of U.S. scrap now has higher standards, which is helping to improve recycling operations here at home.
How a 19-year-old's design for a floating recycling bin could help turn the ocean cleanup tide.