Planet Earth Archive
24 August 2015, 02:52 PM ET
Solar explosions can threaten power grids even in areas near the equator, places long thought safe from such disruptions from the sun, say researchers who studied a weird flow of electricity pulsing above the equatorial regions.
24 August 2015, 11:31 AM ET
27 ‘named storms’ formed over the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean in 2005, which spawned the most category 5 storms in a single season. NASA and NOAA tracked the paths of these killers. [On average there are only 10 storms per year.]
24 August 2015, 09:56 AM ET
Data from the GOES-5 satellite drove this simulation, illuminating the wind intensities and water vapor transport powering the massive category 5 storm, which ravaged New Orleans, Louisiana and adjoining areas in 2005.
23 August 2015, 10:38 AM ET
In celebration of its 99th birthday, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is providing free admission to all of its sites for one day next week.
21 August 2015, 04:03 PM ET
Oil companies plan to extract billions of barrels of crude oil from beneath Alaskan lands and Arctic seas that are at risk for environmental damage.
21 August 2015, 03:23 PM ET
The corpse flower is a pungent plant that blooms rarely and only for a short time. While it is in bloom, the flower emits a strong odor similar to rotting meat or, aptly, a decaying corpse.
21 August 2015, 12:35 PM ET
To adjust to the incredibly parched conditions in the Golden State, Californians are pumping groundwater and causing the ground to sink even faster than expected.
21 August 2015, 12:03 PM ET
A so-called fire rainbow filled the sky with a haze of colors over Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday (Aug. 16) in a recent photo posted to Twitter by Tiffany B. Jenks.
20 August 2015, 09:39 PM ET
El Niño is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns.
20 August 2015, 01:18 PM ET
The Atlantic just got its first hurricane of the season. According to the latest update from National Hurricane Center, Danny passed the hurricane test with wind speeds in excess of 75 mph and a developed eye.
20 August 2015, 12:45 PM ET
Graffiti in an ancient cave in China reveals a history of droughts in the region, and may portend climate troubles, new research suggests.
20 August 2015, 11:46 AM ET
A frozen observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and points beyond the Milky Way. Finding these cosmic neutrinos also sheds light on the origins of cosmic rays, the researchers said.
20 August 2015, 10:11 AM ET
A rare bloom from a huge tropical plant has crowds in Denver waiting in line for hours.
20 August 2015, 10:02 AM ET
A towering corpse flower, or titan arum, is blooming in Denver. The teenage plant is a novice, as this is its first time opening up a flower bud, and generating the stinky rotting-flesh smell that attracts not only flies but also humans with cameras.
20 August 2015, 09:13 AM ET
Years of unrelenting drought are straining a large reservoir of water between Nevada and Arizona, new satellite images reveal.
19 August 2015, 12:35 PM ET
The first-ever bloom of a stinky "corpse flower" in the Rocky Mountain region is happening here today (Aug. 19).
19 August 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Marijuana is burning in California, but nobody feels buzzed about it.
18 August 2015, 03:49 PM ET
A river in Myanmar appears swollen with monsoon rain in a new photo taken from space.
18 August 2015, 11:49 AM ET
Fossils of one of the oldest flowering plants on Earth date back to the early Cretaceous period, approximately 125 million to 130 million years ago.
18 August 2015, 07:17 AM ET
Using giant vats of organic liquid buried under a mountain in Italy, scientists have shed new light on the origins of ghostly particles known as neutrinos generated by the Earth. The finding may reveal how radioactive elements affect Earth's interior heat
17 August 2015, 06:58 PM ET
For many parts of California, an end to the cycle of drought may just be wishful thinking.
17 August 2015, 04:03 PM ET
A fluffy, frondy plant that wouldn't look out of place in a lake today was one of the oldest flowering plants on Earth, new research finds.
17 August 2015, 11:01 AM ET
The glaciers in the Tian Shan mountains in the heart of Asia have lost more than a quarter of their total mass over the past 50 years, a rate of loss about four times greater than the global average during that time, researchers said.
14 August 2015, 02:53 PM ET
After two giant explosions in Tianjin, a black plume of smoke snaked over China's Bohai Sea.
14 August 2015, 10:49 AM ET
A lake straddling the California-Oregon border looks like an empty swimming pool in new photos taken from space.
14 August 2015, 09:41 AM ET
A 1570 earthquake in Italy shifted the Po River's right bank upward by several inches, forcing the river to change course.
14 August 2015, 08:47 AM ET
The dead bodies of plankton cover a surprising amount of the ocean floor, according to the first digital map of global seafloor composition.
14 August 2015, 07:29 AM ET
A real-estate agent and storm chaser captured a snapshot of a lifetime on Aug. 9, when he photographed a rare duo — an eerie flash of lightning framed by a glorious rainbow — in Tucson, Arizona. Here's how the two phenomena happened.
14 August 2015, 01:02 AM ET
This year's El Niño looks to rank among the strongest on record, with potential U.S. weather impacts.
13 August 2015, 03:29 PM ET
It may seem unusual to pay for something as, well, natural as nature, but a new economic model suggests just that, and it seems to be working, argues Jane Carter Ingram.
13 August 2015, 11:49 AM ET
Forr the first time, scientists have sequenced the genome of the eight-legged rock star, revealing how its complex noggin evolved.
12 August 2015, 07:40 PM ET
People are using up the Earth's resources, and August 13 marks the pivot point for 2015.