Planet Earth Archive
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.
12 August 2015, 10:29 AM ET
An accidental breach by an EPA cleanup crew sent 3 million gallons of acidic, heavy-metal-laden water into Colorado's waterways. How do you clean up a river? The answer is twofold: treatment and dilution.
12 August 2015, 10:23 AM ET
Three million gallons of water contaminated with heavy metals and other toxins spilled out of Colorado's Gold King Mine, turning the Animas River a mustard color and contaminating waterways. Here's a look at the toxic spill.
11 August 2015, 12:10 PM ET
The annual Perseid meteor shower is typically the most spectacular "shooting star" display for people in the Northern Hemisphere, and this week, skywatchers could be in for a remarkable show.
10 August 2015, 01:42 PM ET
Beijing has seen explosive growth in recent years, with the physical size of the city quadrupling in just a decade, a new study reveals.
10 August 2015, 01:36 PM ET
NASA needs your help to bolster current earthquake detection technologies, and they’re offering $25,000 to the team that develops the best way to detect an oncoming quake.
10 August 2015, 12:30 PM ET
Some butterfly species could disappear from southern Britain in the next 35 years if climate change and habitat loss continue, according to new research.
10 August 2015, 11:59 AM ET
Photos of butterflies that will likely go extinct by 2050 in southern Britain if their habitats aren't preserved and droughts worsen.
10 August 2015, 07:26 AM ET
A zap of lightning can change the very structure of a rock, new research shows.
10 August 2015, 07:23 AM ET
Australia's Adele Island appears tranquil from space, but this sandy spit is the site of efforts to eradicate an invasive rat population that devastates seabird populations.
07 August 2015, 07:38 AM ET
Giant rocks stacked in seemingly gravity-defying poses could indicate that earthquakes on the San Andreas Fault can jump to another major fault in Southern California.
07 August 2015, 06:00 AM ET
By shifting to carbon-free energy, including nuclear and carbon capture options, runaway CO2 emissions can be quenched, even in developing nations.
06 August 2015, 04:31 PM ET
The earthquake that struck Nepal in April shook in a way that spared many small buildings in the city but devastated those more than two stories high, a new study finds.
06 August 2015, 02:23 PM ET
The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April only released a fraction of the energy still trapped in the underlying fault, meaning the area has the potential to host another possibly more powerful earthquake.
06 August 2015, 08:06 AM ET
Orbiting 1 million miles ‘sunward’ of Earth, a four megapixel CCD camera/telescope captured Luna crossing over the Pacific Ocean from the Deep Space Climate Observer’s point of view on July 16th, 2015.
06 August 2015, 07:55 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently caught the moon crossing Earth's face in a stunning video that shows off the mysterious lunar far side.
05 August 2015, 11:51 AM ET
Africa looked awash in splotches of dusty pink, vibrant green and a swirl of white clouds in an image snapped Tuesday (Aug. 4) by Europe's newest weather satellite, according to an announcement from the European Space Agency.
03 August 2015, 01:31 PM ET
Ed Bensman, NSF atmospheric scientist, reveals that storms at night depend on daytime predecessors and how they can rumble on for many hours.
03 August 2015, 09:18 AM ET
A recent photo contest highlights images captured by ecologists in the field.
03 August 2015, 07:05 AM ET
The winning photos from a recent ecology photo contest prove that Mother Nature is always ready for her close-up.
31 July 2015, 06:42 PM ET
Photosynthesis is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight into chemical energy.
31 July 2015, 06:17 PM ET
New photos taken from space show the significant snow loss this year atop Mount Baker, in Washington state.
31 July 2015, 05:35 PM ET
An art project featuring a live tree that bears 40 different kinds of fruit is more than just a conversation piece. The so-called "Tree of 40 Fruit" — blossoming in a variety of pretty pink hues when completed — is rooted in science.
31 July 2015, 02:51 PM ET
California's rain deficit during its record-setting drought is about one year's worth of normal rain.