Planet Earth Archive
17 March 2016, 07:45 AM ET
From crippling drought in southern Africa to a record number of February tornadoes in the U.S. Southeast, an exceptionally strong El Niño has been making headlines around the globe as it tampers with the world’s weather.
16 March 2016, 12:06 PM ET
The baffling circular patches of barren land that are dubbed fairy circles and until now were thought to exist only in the grasslands of Namibia, have been discovered in the Australian Outback.
16 March 2016, 11:54 AM ET
There's a saying that any publicity is good publicity, but scientists whose discoveries inspire misleading headlines would probably beg to differ.
16 March 2016, 10:02 AM ET
Strange grass patterns called fairy circles have been discovered outside of Namibia for the first time.
14 March 2016, 04:39 PM ET
Fast-growing coastal areas could be home to nearly 13 million climate refugees by the end of the century, new research finds.
14 March 2016, 04:22 PM ET
February 2016 was by far the warmest February, and the most anomalously warm month in the record book.
14 March 2016, 03:52 PM ET
About 13 million people could be force to relocate from low-lying coastal areas if the worst climate change predictions come to pass, new research suggests.
11 March 2016, 01:16 PM ET
Tree-ring data from downed shipwrecks in the Caribbean have revealed a historical low in hurricane activity caused by reduced sunspot activity.
11 March 2016, 11:26 AM ET
The annual CO2 growth rate rose more in 2015 than scientists have ever seen in a single year.
10 March 2016, 05:25 PM ET
Dust particles trapped in meteoric material on Earth were spewed out by stars that exploded long before the formation of the sun.
10 March 2016, 02:20 PM ET
A durable plastic called PET is considered a major environmental hazard because it's highly resistant to breakdown. But researchers have found a potential new match for this hardy plastic: a newly discovered microbe that's astonishingly good at eating it.
10 March 2016, 02:17 PM ET
A series of underwater sea stacks, dubbed the Drowned Apostles, has been unearthed off the coastline of Victoria, in Australia.
10 March 2016, 01:53 PM ET
A series of underwater sea stacks, dubbed the Drowned Apostles, has been unearthed off the coastline of Victoria, in Australia.
10 March 2016, 12:57 PM ET
As coastlines erode, orphaned ‘sea stacks’ may be left offshore, for example: Australia’s ‘Twelve Apostles’ – eight of which still stand. Now, a series of five limestone spires has been discovered buried deep below the water’s surface.
10 March 2016, 12:46 PM ET
What's scarier than an acid lake? An acid lake sitting above a volcano.
10 March 2016, 12:02 PM ET
Street View goes off the street with views of Kruger National Park and Table Mountain in South Africa.
10 March 2016, 07:12 AM ET
The world's fastest moving fault lies beneath New Zealand, and has taken a dramatic U-turn over the last 65 million years, new research suggests.
08 March 2016, 11:31 AM ET
Torrential downpours are becoming more common, and a new analysis warns that trend will continue.
07 March 2016, 03:17 PM ET
Total solar eclipses — when the moon's shadow blocks the sun completely — are rare and spectacular events, highly anticipated by astronomers, astrophotographers and casual spectators alike. But it wasn't always that way.
07 March 2016, 02:00 PM ET
This week, a total solar eclipse will put on a dramatic celestial show, darkening the skies over Southeast Asia in what will be the only total eclipse of the sun this year.
07 March 2016, 09:49 AM ET
Can you outrun a supervolcano? New evidence from an ancient eruption suggests the answer is a surprising yes, at least for some of the best athletes. And if you have a car, you're golden as well.
05 March 2016, 09:09 AM ET
Two Australian surfers are trying to tackle the planet's water pollution problem head-on, by developing a device that functions as an automated floating trash bin for the world's oceans.
03 March 2016, 02:57 PM ET
Damaging, deadly tornado clusters are becoming more common, a new study finds.
03 March 2016, 10:16 AM ET
Though the Mariana Trench lies more than 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) below the water's surface, sounds of propeller ships, typhoons and whales can be heard in the deep ocean.
03 March 2016, 08:38 AM ET
The story of jaguars in Arizona is one of bloodshed, bad feeling and debate over the best way to conserve these big cats.
02 March 2016, 04:01 PM ET
NOAA dropped a titanium-encased hydrophone 7 miles down into the Challenger Deep trough. Recording of dolphins, whales, propellers and an Earthquake made it a noisy place to be.
02 March 2016, 11:33 AM ET
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, an island in western Indonesia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
01 March 2016, 03:02 PM ET
A new paper finds large areas of Antarctic ice could lose their landlocked roots if as little as 5 to 13 percent of the shelves were to disappear.
01 March 2016, 11:18 AM ET
The planet is warming, and businesses must be a part of the fight to protect it, argues Unilever CEO Paul Polman.
01 March 2016, 10:50 AM ET
Snow might not be as hard to come by as Leonardo DiCaprio suggested it was during his Oscar acceptance speech last night (Feb. 28), but climate trends do suggest that the actor is onto something, experts said.
01 March 2016, 09:01 AM ET
The hunt for signs of intelligent aliens should focus on the swath of sky from which it's possible to see Earth pass in front of the sun. Any extraterrestrials living in this region may have already spotted Earth and started sending us messages.
01 March 2016, 06:38 AM ET
Chasing waves is a way of life for Sean Gravem. His images freeze waves in time, capturing water droplets before or after they turn to foam. Here's how he does it.