Planet Earth Archive
30 May 2015, 03:13 AM ET
No, El Niño is not the source of every weather crisis, but it can be devastating, and researchers have uncovered a new clue that may help predict how bad things can get.
29 May 2015, 11:44 AM ET
When these six climate impacts occur, they will dramatically transform the planet.
29 May 2015, 08:46 AM ET
Manhattanhenge, a phenomenon when the setting sun is perfectly aligned with Manhattan's grid-patterned streets, occurs twice a year with a full sunset, and twice a year with a half sunset.
28 May 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Two volcanic islands that were recently born in the Red Sea are providing scientists with new information about a little-known rift in Earth's crust.
28 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
The jet stream off the East Coast of the United States controls an important climate pattern in the Atlantic Ocean.
27 May 2015, 01:58 PM ET
Forecasters are calling for another quiet hurricane season in the Atlantic this summer.
27 May 2015, 09:29 AM ET
Severe floods in Texas and Oklahoma are causing devastation after multiple storm systems battered a formerly drought-stricken area, according to experts.
27 May 2015, 07:39 AM ET
A new NASA image hints at the complex factors that encourage giant plankton blooms in the North Atlantic.
26 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Billions of by-the-wind sailors, also called Velella velella, could wash ashore in coming months because of favorable water temperatures and onshore winds.
21 May 2015, 03:06 PM ET
The West can expect its warm and dry weather to continue through the summer, while the central Plains will be relatively cool and wet.
21 May 2015, 02:02 PM ET
The oceans are teeming with a hidden web of organisms that may connect tiny bacteria and viruses to larger food webs, new research shows.
21 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The oceans are teeming with a hidden web of organisms that may connect tiny bacteria and viruses to larger food webs, new research shows.
21 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Massive glaciers in the southern Antarctic Peninsula suddenly started to crumble and melt in 2009.
21 May 2015, 01:31 PM ET
Natural beauty, ample amenities and tempting turquoise waters send one Hawaiian beach to the top of the rankings.
21 May 2015, 01:26 PM ET
Sun, surf and squeaky sand are on the docket at America's best beaches. This year's top 10 span from Hawaii to Florida, with some love for California, Massachusetts and the Carolinas as well. Read on, and dream of your next summer vacation.
21 May 2015, 11:10 AM ET
In 2009, several glaciers in the southern Antarctic Peninsula began shrinking at a dramatically accelerated rate, losing as much as 13 feet (4 m) of ice each year, according to a study in the journal Science.
21 May 2015, 10:32 AM ET
By the end of the decade, Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf will disintegrate. That "conclusion is inescapable" according to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists participating in Operation IceBridge.
19 May 2015, 04:39 PM ET
Four giant craters were discovered on the floor of Switzerland's Lake Neuchâtel.
19 May 2015, 07:10 AM ET
Earthquakes are some of the largest-scale and most-destructive events on the planet, involving plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of miles across. But new research shows that the physics of Lilliputians govern this shuddering of giants.
18 May 2015, 06:04 PM ET
The West should "climate proof" its power grid or risk electricity shortages, a new study says.
15 May 2015, 06:30 PM ET
The longest consecutive train of Kelvin-Helmholtz waves ever seen in the sea was spotted in the Atlantic Ocean's Romanche Fracture Zone.
15 May 2015, 01:36 PM ET
A vast Antarctica ice shelf that partly collapsed in 2002 has only a few years left before it fully disappears.
14 May 2015, 01:37 PM ET
Thanks to Twitter, the chances of spotting the aurora borealis are getting better, a new study reports.
13 May 2015, 04:53 PM ET
A new model from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico reveals the Southern Ocean is a turbulent rush of swirling eddies and currents.
13 May 2015, 01:43 PM ET
A new NASA image, captured by MODIS on the Aqua satellite, reveals clouds cover two-thirds of Earth, with some zones supporting more clouds than others on the planet.
12 May 2015, 07:02 PM ET
The remaining Larsen C ice shelf is melting from more than just toasty air. The Larsen C is also disappearing due to warming in the ocean.
12 May 2015, 03:18 PM ET
The powerful aftershock that struck Nepal today (May 12) could trigger deadly landslides on slopes already weakened by the April 25 earthquake, experts said.
12 May 2015, 08:42 AM ET
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal this morning (May 12), toppling buildings and killing at least a dozen people.
11 May 2015, 03:56 PM ET
Timeworn Antarctica ice suggests a strong link between carbon dioxide levels and glacial cycles for the past million years.
11 May 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A stunning image of more than 15,000 airplane flights around the world shows that satellite tracking of commercial aircraft is moving closer to reality.
08 May 2015, 02:39 PM ET
Subtropical Storm Ana threatens the Carolinas a month before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.
08 May 2015, 10:16 AM ET
Radar waves helped search and rescue teams find and save four people trapped in collapsed buildings after the Nepal earthquake.