Planet Earth Archive
24 September 2014, 02:51 PM ET
To illustrate global warming's possible effects on local weather, 13 nations from around the world created future weather reports in the lead-up to the UN Climate Summit yesterday (Sept. 23) in New York City.
24 September 2014, 10:39 AM ET
Explore our new analysis of worldwide exposure to sea level rise, complete with an interactive graphic via NYT.
23 September 2014, 06:56 PM ET
Google and Microsoft are staking a claim to the climate issue, will other corporations follow?
23 September 2014, 04:37 PM ET
How did flowering plants, or angiosperms, become the most dominant plant life on land?
23 September 2014, 04:23 PM ET
U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in front of more than 120 world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York today (Sept. 23) to deliver a message for cooperative action on climate change: "No nation is immune."
23 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
There is a balance to strike between doom-ridden messages and “bright-side” opportunities, and uncertainties around the science and the expected effects of climate change must be factored in too. Can risk language help?
23 September 2014, 01:12 PM ET
Addressing climate change is not only crucial for preserving the environment, it also makes good economic sense, some politicians and business leaders say.
23 September 2014, 10:55 AM ET
In the eyes of the American public, scientists are seen as respectable and competent — but not necessarily trustworthy, according to a new study. If scientists want to soften their image, they might could try to seem a little warmer.
23 September 2014, 09:50 AM ET
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's GCOM-W1 satellite has delivered data on sea ice from March 21st, 2014 to September 17th, 2014. NASA Goddard created this visualization from the data set.
23 September 2014, 07:34 AM ET
The mostly earthen mounds, with shapes ranging from squares to swastikas, were various sizes, with some rivaling the length of a modern-day aircraft carrier. Archaeologists aren't sure of the purpose of these more than 2,000-year-old geoglyphs
23 September 2014, 07:25 AM ET
More 50 geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years have been discovered in northern Kazakhstan. Google Earth images revealed the geoglyphs, most of which are earthen mounds, though a swastika-shaped one was made of timber.
22 September 2014, 09:31 AM ET
The People's Climate March in New York yesterday (Sept. 21) was organized to bring awareness to the issues caused by climate change in anticipation of the UN Climate Summit.
22 September 2014, 07:34 AM ET
A new study pinpoints when and how the moqui marbles formed. These geological oddities are iron concretions found throughout Utah and Arizona.
21 September 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Geologists say well water spikes in sodium and hydrogen warned of mounting strain before two Iceland earthquakes. The results may someday lead to earthquake prediction.
21 September 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Concentrations of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, will surge to a new high in the atmosphere in 2014.
20 September 2014, 10:17 AM ET
On Monday (Sept. 22), the Earth will have nearly equal amounts of light and darkness as summer ends and fall begins.
19 September 2014, 07:31 AM ET
The busiest part of tornado season is happening up to two weeks earlier than it did 55 years ago, reports a new study on Tornado Alley, located in the heart of the central and southern U.S. Great Plains.
19 September 2014, 12:14 AM ET
With the harm that oil and gas drilling will cause along the U.S. East Coast, alternatives, like building wind turbines, would make more sense.
18 September 2014, 02:35 PM ET
Six centuries of tree-ring data have shown that coastal upwelling along the west coast of North America has become highly variable in the last half century.
18 September 2014, 11:03 AM ET
Three NASA science missions traveled the Alaskan way in summer 2014, soaring above Arctic sea ice, piloting over permafrost and gliding past mountain glaciers.
18 September 2014, 10:16 AM ET
Unusual westward drifts recorded off Japan's coast following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake provide a new picture of how the Earth adjusts after giant earthquakes.
18 September 2014, 12:34 AM ET
Which is more expensive: fighting fires, or preventing them?
17 September 2014, 11:42 PM ET
Mycologists – scientists who study fungi – estimate there are up to five million species of fungi on Earth. Of these, only about 2 percent, or 100,000 species, have been formally described. So where are the other 98 percent of fungi hiding?
17 September 2014, 05:04 PM ET
One U.S. government agency is taking the drone craze to a whole new level. NOAA just launched a drone directly into a hurricane.
17 September 2014, 01:26 PM ET
For an unprecedented third year in a row, Antarctica's sea ice is poised to smash a new winter record, but Arctic summer sea ice hit its sixth lowest minimum.
17 September 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Continents move, but what got them going? A new computer model shows it was gravity. Whole continents flattened out under their own weight.
17 September 2014, 09:38 AM ET
There are about 300 shipwrecks in the gulf just west of San Francisco. Scientists have seen few of these sunken hulls, but now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is embarking on a two-year project to document these lost vessels.
17 September 2014, 07:02 AM ET
Researchers have discovered the sites of three wrecks off the coast of San Francisco: the 1910 SS Selja shipwreck, an unidentified early steam tugboat wreck and the 1863 wreck of the clipper ship Noonday.
16 September 2014, 05:53 PM ET
On the Big Island of Hawaii, one of the world's most active volcanoes has been spewing lava since 1983.
16 September 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Harsh conditions after the dino-killing meteor impact favored fast-growing plants, nudging forests toward a new pecking order
16 September 2014, 11:47 AM ET
A group of marine archaeologists kicked off a mission this week to explore an ancient shipwreck hundreds of feet below the Aegean Sea — not with a sub, but with a semi-robotic metal diving suit that looks likes a throwback to a James Bond movie.
15 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
A dramatic increase in earthquakes in New Mexico and Colorado was triggered by wastewater injection wells.