Ask a Scientist

Do you have a question about climate change, weather, birds, butterflies, air pollution, or any other issue our scientists work on? Have your question answered by one of our scientists or engineers and you could be featured on our “Ask a Scientist” section!

  • Question: Since global warming is affecting the polar bears, how can we help them to not go extinct?

    – Tess S. (Grade 6)

    Answer: We can all contribute to reducing climate change, and therefore help polar bears and other endangered species, by reducing the amount of polluting gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.

  • Question: Which animal group makes up the largest percentage of the world’s organisms?

    – Shelly P. (Grade 9)

    Answer: In terms of numbers of species, insects certainly represent the largest percentage of the world’s organisms and in numbers of individuals, the answer may be ants. There are 14,000 known species of ants and they all form ant colonies.

  • Question: Is bottled water bad for us?

    – Molly M. (Grade 5)

    Answer: The water inside bottled water is safe to drink but buying lots of water that’s in plastic bottles is NOT great for the planet. The real problem is producing and throwing away all that plastic.