Planet Earth Archive
22 April 2015, 07:02 AM ET
Today, people around the world will celebrate the 45th Earth Day. To mark the occasion, we here at Live Science chose some of our favorite photos of our home planet.
21 April 2015, 05:03 PM ET
Earth Day is an annual event, observed on April 22, that celebrates the planet's environment and raises public awareness about pollution.
21 April 2015, 04:06 PM ET
Human activities greatly outstrip volcanoes as the world’s leading carbon dioxide producers, raising sea levels, drying forests and altering animal habitat. Watch ‘Secrets of the Universe’ on Hulu.
21 April 2015, 03:32 PM ET
A massive, 100-carat diamond is going on auction today at Sotheby's in New York.
21 April 2015, 07:36 AM ET
Two terrifying hurricane names, Isis and Odile, were dropped from the Pacific storm list for 2016.
20 April 2015, 11:02 PM ET
Earthquakes occur every day, but most people don't notice the small ones. Here's what causes earthquakes.
20 April 2015, 08:08 AM ET
A new set of 56 interactive maps estimates public opinion on climate change across the United States from the national to county level.
17 April 2015, 04:36 PM ET
The first three months of 2015 set new global heat records.
17 April 2015, 06:17 AM ET
Jane Goodall, the British primatologist who gained worldwide fame for her studies of wild chimpanzees in East Africa, greeted a packed audience here at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night (April 15) with a series of apelike howls.
14 April 2015, 07:25 AM ET
An image, released by NASA's Earth Observatory, shows pulses of laser light hitting Arctic sea ice — the ice that forms and floats in Arctic waters.
14 April 2015, 07:19 AM ET
Even planets can get a bad case of tinnitus, according to a new study that explains Earth's mysterious, never-ending hum. Turns out, ocean waves are the culprit behind these mysterious tremors that make the Earth ring like a bell.
10 April 2015, 05:01 PM ET
Scientists have shown that jiggling GPS-equipped phones could someday deliver early warnings of earthquakes.
10 April 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Two hundred years after the biggest volcanic blast in recorded history, scientists have ranked the countries most at risk of another deadly eruption.
10 April 2015, 12:53 PM ET
Here are the countries most at risk of a deadly volcanic eruption, according to an international team of experts known as the Global Volcano Model network.
10 April 2015, 11:19 AM ET
New geologic evidence suggests the Isthmus of Panama emerged from the sea up to 15 million years ago, millions of years earlier than thought.
10 April 2015, 07:52 AM ET
A warm blob of water squished into a patch in the Pacific Ocean may be to blame for the weird weather the United States has experienced this year.
09 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Death by acid was the key killer in Earth's biggest mass extinction, some 251 million years ago.
09 April 2015, 11:32 AM ET
Scientists are working to unravel the mystery of a methane blob over the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest. The hot spot, first detected from space, contains a significant amount of the greenhouse gas.
09 April 2015, 07:38 AM ET
A powerful portrait of plate tectonics took the top prize this year in NASA's annual photo tourney, called Tournament Earth.
09 April 2015, 07:35 AM ET
Each year, NASA's Earth Observatory runs its own March Madness contest at the same time as the basketball tourney, pitting the year's best Earth images against each other in a online contest. Here are the top eight, as selected by popular vote.
08 April 2015, 05:31 PM ET
A wide swath of the central United States is at risk of thunderstorms and possible tornadoes over the next couple of days, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
08 April 2015, 03:00 PM ET
The nonprofit American Rivers has deemed the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon the most endangered river in America in 2015.
08 April 2015, 11:28 AM ET
A tiny flower pressed between layers of sandstone for more than 160 million years could be the earliest angiosperm fossil ever found.
08 April 2015, 10:25 AM ET
Though California is facing the worst drought on record, the future may not be catastrophic, if the state takes action now.
08 April 2015, 07:13 AM ET
Scientists plan to drill deep into the Chicxulub crater formed by a space rock that smashed into Earth 65.5 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs.
07 April 2015, 01:32 PM ET
Very low levels of radioactive isotopes leaked from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have been detected along the North American coast for the first time.
07 April 2015, 12:43 PM ET
A remarkable heat wave warmed Antarctica's northernmost peninsula to slightly above 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) two weeks ago — a record high for the normally cold continent.
06 April 2015, 09:41 PM ET
Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation. The best-known use of radio waves is for communication.
06 April 2015, 03:03 PM ET
Much of western Canada's glacial ice could disappear by the end of the 21st century.
06 April 2015, 02:09 PM ET
A Georgia Institute of Technology robotic vehicle, named Icefin, was deployed 1640+ feet below the Ross Ice Shelf to the seafloor and it found sea stars, sponges, anemones and more.
06 April 2015, 07:55 AM ET
For millennia, the salty, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea have drawn visitors and health pilgrims to its shores. But in recent years, gaping chasms have been opening up without warning along its banks, posing a threat to such visitors and tourism in g
06 April 2015, 07:52 AM ET
The Dead Sea, famous for salty water (almost 10 times as salty as the ocean), and for having the lowest elevation on Earth at 1,407 feet (429 meters) below sea level, is shrinking. And with it, giant sinkholes have been forming on its shores without warni