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Why consider a career in a STEM field?

You may have heard the term “STEM” in the news and in conversations about job growth or new opportunities for employment. But what exactly does it mean?

The acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, explains ...

Why more women should consider science degrees

Despite the wealth of job opportunities for people with science degrees, there are still far fewer women pursuing science at the college level than men, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Although girls display just as much interest in the sciences in elementary, ...

Living in a straw house isn’t just a fairy tale

You might think straw houses only exist in “The Three Little Pigs.” But environmental engineer and University of Phoenix online instructor David Barraza discovered that a straw bale home is an inexpensive, eco-friendly option for the real world.

What is an environmentally sustainable business?

Today, an increasing number of companies use the words “green” or “environmentally sustainable” when describing their organizations, goods or services. But what exactly do those words mean?

“An environmentally sustainable business is one that considers the impact ...

5 foods to buy locally

You probably know there are advantages to buying locally grown food: It’s fresher because it hasn’t been transported from thousands of miles away, it can taste better and be more nutritious, and you’re helping support your community.

Are environmental toxins making people fat?

Wonder where those extra 5 pounds you can’t lose are coming from? Some scientists think environmental toxins might be part of the cause.

These toxins are non-natural, lab-produced chemicals — including pesticides, artificial sweeteners and plastics — found in an array of foods, cosmetics, ...

How you can use an environmental science degree

If you’re fascinated by headlines about toxic oil spills and carbon emissions, you might be interested in pursuing a degree in environmental science, says Hildegarde Selig, PhD, an instructor in the environmental science program at the University of Phoenix Detroit Campus.

Why study science?

If you enjoy investigating the natural world or doing experiments to solve problems, you might consider an education in the sciences.

“A degree in the sciences is a great basic foundation from which to do many exciting things,” says Hildegarde Selig, PhD, an instructor in the ...

5 surprising ways to save on utility bills

We’re experiencing the hottest summers on record — and that means high utility bills. But you don’t have to break into a sweat over energy costs.

Just ask Dariush Azimi, a physicist and environmental consultant who teaches online math and science courses at University of Phoenix. “In the last 12 ...

5 eco-friendly innovations in green communities

While some of us still must remind ourselves to recycle scraps of paper or turn off the water when brushing our teeth, entire U.S. communities already are way ahead in their efforts to help preserve the planet.

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, here are five environmentally ...

Are wildfires good for the environment?

Close to 8 million acres of forests and grasslands in the United States went up in flames this year, causing reason for concern about wildfires.

Contrary to what many people believe, however, wildfires have a positive impact on the environment, according to Barbara Zorn-Arnold, a research ...

5 health risks spurred by the drought

Feeling parched? During this summer’s record-breaking drought, you hopefully stayed hydrated and avoided heat exhaustion. These extreme weather conditions can lead to wellness issues that linger after the searing, dry weather breaks. We spoke to microbiology experts to find out what long-term problems drought can bring:...

5 hot jobs in the green economy

Even if you’ve never thought about an eco-friendly career, there’s good reason to make the choice. Not only will you help build a more sustainable planet, but you could make more money doing it, according to a 2011 study by the Brookings Institution, which found that median wages in the “clean economy” are 13 percent higher than median U.S. wages....

5 ways health care is healing the planet

The U.S. health care sector accounts for 8 percent of the national carbon footprint — the medical industry hasn't exactly had a reputation for environmentally sustainable practices. Now, though, health care workers are cleaning up their act.

5 things you need to know about fracking

There's a much politicized national public debate raging over hydraulic fracturing — aka "fracking." This is a highly controversial method of extracting natural gas by blasting chemically laced water and sand underground. Vic Agbasi, an instructor in the Environmental Science program at the University of Phoenix Dallas Campus, explains some of the conflicting ...

There goes the neighborhood: 5 invasive species that don’t belong here

If you don’t want to upset Mother Nature, think twice before you release your exotic pet snake back into the wild, warn scientists. While it’s all “fine and well” for humans to migrate to new continents, experts explain that the same is not always true for our furry and green leafy friends. When plants and animals jump continents, it can wreck havoc on the environmental ...

Forget corn: Algae may be the best new energy source

With so much attention focused on new sources of alternative energy, it’s hard to believe that some of the most practical solutions have yet to be fully realized. Until recently. Now that the Navy has run a test of biofuel made from algae, otherwise known as algal, this alternative fuel source may finally be getting the attention it deserves....

5 ways the tar sands pipeline could affect you

President Obama’s recent decision to reject the controversial tar sands pipeline — for the time being — has become a hotbed issue for the current campaign. But presidential elections aside, the potential consequences of the pipeline, which would transport oil 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada to Texas, crossing through eight U.S. states, are complex and potentially ...