Planet Earth Archive
18 July 2014, 05:19 PM ET
Rammasun looked ragged after its trip over the Philippines, but became a Super Typhoon before hitting China.
18 July 2014, 03:16 PM ET
Four new species of rodents called tuco-tucos have been discovered in Bolivia. The animals are named after their unusual vocalizations.
18 July 2014, 02:50 PM ET
More permanent features, such as "plastic islands" are forming within the great Pacific garbage patch.
18 July 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is showing signs of permanence, with "trash islands" forming in it, observers have noted.
17 July 2014, 06:30 PM ET
A cloudless day over the Peloponnese peninsula allowed an astronaut to snap a beautiful shot of Greece from space, with famous cities such as Corinth and Athens clearly visible.
17 July 2014, 05:18 PM ET
When it comes to mating in captivity, flower-hat jellies are just as fussy as their appearance. Scientists recently documented the life cycle of the stunning sea creatures.
17 July 2014, 05:15 PM ET
For decades, flower hat jellyfish managed to keep their early lives a secret. But scientists finally watched the species grow in an aquarium.
17 July 2014, 03:09 PM ET
A new report from the USGS reveals the parts of the U.S. that face risk of earthquakes within the next 50 years. Some areas are now thought to be at higher risk for earthquakes than they were previously, while others have been downgraded.
17 July 2014, 02:46 PM ET
Rocks from New Zealand's Alpine Fault show water can seep deeper into Earth's crust than previously thought.
17 July 2014, 12:51 PM ET
The planet shattered several climate records in 2013, from greenhouse gases to roasting Arctic heat to extreme storms, a newly released report on the state of the global climate says.
16 July 2014, 08:02 PM ET
Ray Gaesser has been farming in Iowa for over 35 years has been seeing an huge surge in extreme events over the past few years. Excess moisture has led to disease in his crops.
16 July 2014, 07:45 PM ET
The lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Climate Science chapter Don Wuebbles presents the scientific observations of changing climate.
16 July 2014, 02:02 PM ET
Whale sharks -- the world's largest fish -- are appearing more frequently near the Azores islands, due to climate change, a new study finds.
16 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
The Indus River dolphin range has declined dramatically as a result of dams that have fragmented their native habitat, new research finds.
16 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
At Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, scientists are tracking magma's underground path to better understand how volcanoes works.
16 July 2014, 11:20 AM ET
January-June 2014 was the warmest first half to a year ever in California, helping fuel the state's drought.
16 July 2014, 07:26 AM ET
A new global survey of human development finds people have settled more of the Earth than previously estimated.
16 July 2014, 07:21 AM ET
New radar imagery shows human impacts on Earth, including sprawling urban cities and rural landscapes.
15 July 2014, 05:29 PM ET
A NASA instrument designed to study the oceans turns out to be useful for studying land, too. The Aquarius instrument reveals levels of moisture in soil around the globe.
15 July 2014, 01:06 AM ET
When it takes over ecosystems, this invader causes soils to surrender their carbon and release it as greenhouse gas.
14 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
The cold front sweeping across the United States is not technically a polar vortex, but it will bring significantly lower temperatures.
14 July 2014, 08:25 AM ET
The favor of a political leader can be seen from space, with nighttime lights increasing in regions of politically corrupt countries that see a hometown hero taking national power.
11 July 2014, 04:28 PM ET
New Yorkers may be treated to a stunning sunset tonight (July 11), with the return of a phenomenon known as "Manhattanhenge," which occurs when the setting sun aligns with Manhattan's grid of streets.
11 July 2014, 02:09 PM ET
Yellowstone National Park closed a popular road Thursday (July 10) after geothermal heat cooked the asphalt.
10 July 2014, 05:01 PM ET
Toxic green mats of slimy blue-green algae will again threaten the western shores of Lake Erie later this summer.
10 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
One of the world's deepest earthquakes was also a rare supersonic quake, upending ideas about where these unusual earthquakes strike.
10 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
The bacteria in the oceans seem to tightly sync their metabolisms to the day-night cycle, which may allow them to survive in the nutrient-poor environment of the ocean, new research suggests.
10 July 2014, 10:48 AM ET
A new snapshot of U.S. methane emissions in 2004 found 40 percent higher methane levels from livestock than had been estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency.
09 July 2014, 05:25 PM ET
A Northern anchovy school was the largest group of anchovies ever seen offshore of La Jolla in the last 30 years.
09 July 2014, 03:11 PM ET
Two satellite images show how the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo has grown over two decades, with spreading suburbs and new ring roads.
09 July 2014, 12:48 PM ET
A new study blames the "long tail" for mass extinction of the amazing sea creatures called ammonites.
09 July 2014, 11:35 AM ET
Models show summers are going to keep warming as emissions continue. See what this will warming feel like.