Planet Earth Archive
07 January 2016, 04:21 PM ET
05 January 2016, 12:59 PM ET
A glancing blow from the polar vortex will direct cold air southward and could raise the chance of snow in the central and eastern United States toward the middle of January.
04 January 2016, 02:51 PM ET
An earthquake originating in the mantle reflects the complex transitional geology in India's Manipur state.
02 January 2016, 10:00 AM ET
Sometimes, looking at satellite images of planet Earth is a bit like playing hidden pictures.
31 December 2015, 12:18 PM ET
December has been crazy warm across the East, leading to 10,000 daily heat records compared to 500 cold ones.
30 December 2015, 05:08 PM ET
Methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is dangerous to humans, is spewing from an underground storage facility in Southern California.
29 December 2015, 02:19 PM ET
The mysterious disappearance of electrons in the atmosphere could be caused by meteors burning up in the sky, new research suggests.
29 December 2015, 10:08 AM ET
Seismic equipment installed in Iraq to detect earthquakes recorded plenty of other big bangs — explosions from nearby mortars and car bombs.
28 December 2015, 07:02 PM ET
From record heat to the Pope's climate push to Paris, these are the climate stories that shaped 2015.
28 December 2015, 06:00 PM ET
In July there was a large "A" written in the sky over the ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula, in eastern Russia. In an image of this "A" snapped from space, the letter looks like it could have been made by an airplane that was using standard skywriting.
28 December 2015, 01:13 PM ET
Ancient hominins may have harnessed fire from nearby lava flows to cook food, keep warm and evolve bigger and smarter brains, new research proposes.
28 December 2015, 09:13 AM ET
Deep in the Caribbean Sea, researchers have discovered a new type of hydrothermal vent unlike any seen before, with huge, ghostly mounds formed from an ingredient common in baby powder.
28 December 2015, 09:05 AM ET
More than 300,000 sea turtles were likely in the the Gulf of Mexico area affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The turtles' far-flung journeys suggest the spill's impact reaches far and wide.
24 December 2015, 12:15 AM ET
Global warming isn't a game, but gameplay might giving people a firm grasp of the risks.
22 December 2015, 11:07 AM ET
The Gulf of Mexico got a taste of the "red tide" earlier this month, and beaches all along the Gulf Coast were closed to keep people safe from potential health risks.
22 December 2015, 10:10 AM ET
Some undiscovered ones may extend far deeper into the Earth than the record of 1.36 miles.
21 December 2015, 08:16 AM ET
The San Andreas and Garlock faults, as well as other well-known and confounding faults around the world, may in fact be "zipper" faults, new research suggests.
20 December 2015, 10:05 AM ET
Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) is a night-blooming herbaceous perennial that is common in the arid regions of the United States, Baja and northern Mexico.
18 December 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Scientists trying to determine where the missing heat from the Earth comes from have turned to an unlikely source: a microwave oven.
18 December 2015, 12:21 PM ET
Global warming may be exacerbated by an unintentional source: anti-air pollution laws that are making the skies clearer, new research suggests.
18 December 2015, 10:12 AM ET
You can thank a complex interplay of environmental factors for the stunning array of rainbows that appear in the sky, new research suggests.
18 December 2015, 09:29 AM ET
Arctic scientist Stephanie Pfirman helped to develop a game to teach kids about our changing planet. She explains how it's played.
17 December 2015, 10:03 PM ET
The winter solstice brings shifts in temperature and icy weather as the sun dips to its lowest point in the sky.
17 December 2015, 08:25 PM ET
November 2015 was the warmest November on record, and the seventh month in a row to average global temperatures that broke records set during previous years.
17 December 2015, 01:48 PM ET
The Paris agreement, which 195 nations signed over the weekend, could be the breakthrough that lets humanity avoid a looming climate catastrophe, Gore said Wednesday (Dec. 16) at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union.
17 December 2015, 08:09 AM ET
Though the Nepal earthquake had some terrifying consequences, a much bigger one could be on the way, new and historical data suggest.
16 December 2015, 01:47 PM ET
A picture is worth a thousand words, or, in Greenland, a thousand scientific measurements.
16 December 2015, 11:14 AM ET
The lack of a carbon tax amounts to a hidden subsidy that incentivizes "bad behavior," Musk said Tuesday (Dec. 15) at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in San Francisco.
16 December 2015, 08:11 AM ET
The Arctic experienced its warmest average temperatures and lowest levels of sea ice on record, as well as other changes associated with global warming.
15 December 2015, 04:09 PM ET
Attention, sea-loving explorers: There's a $7 million reason to get serious about your passion for ocean research right now.
15 December 2015, 12:20 PM ET
Drought could kill many of the trees in forests around the globe, and particularly in the United States, if global warming isn't contained.
14 December 2015, 05:56 PM ET
Lake Maracaibo is the spot most prone to lightning strikes on Earth, according to new data with incredibly high resolution.