Planet Earth Archive
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.
14 December 2015, 03:00 PM ET
This phytoplankton bloom looks like a van Gogh painting.
14 December 2015, 07:12 AM ET
The asteroid that killed the nonavian dinosaurs may have also killed countless marine animals after it triggered a worldwide algal bloom, a new study finds.
13 December 2015, 09:00 AM ET
From helping cows get a handle on their flatulence to creating a giant atmospheric shield for the sun's rays, scientists have proposed some crazy climate fix ideas.
11 December 2015, 07:50 PM ET
Forests can store up to half of global carbon emissions — can they provide the solution to a warming planet?
11 December 2015, 03:01 PM ET
Melting ice triggered by global warming may make Earth whirl faster than before and could shift the axis on which the planet spins, researchers say.
11 December 2015, 12:03 PM ET
Rising sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay could make the 700-plus residents of Tangier Island America's first climate refugees.
10 December 2015, 11:37 PM ET
Negotiators hope to strike an ambitious deal on Friday to try to keep global warming below 1.5°C.
10 December 2015, 04:30 PM ET
A record-breaking number of furious storms rocked the Pacific Ocean during the 2015 hurricane season, while the Atlantic Ocean stayed relatively quiet, likely because of El Niño, new research shows.
08 December 2015, 10:41 AM ET
Northeastern China is covered in hazy pollution clouds, according to satellite images taken by NASA, which have created health hazards for many Chinese citizens.
03 December 2015, 07:21 AM ET
Researchers from an international collaboration create the world's first groundwater resource map. They also estimated the world's current total supply and the ages of different segments of these resources.
02 December 2015, 07:16 PM ET
After being quiet for 110 years, the cone-shaped Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua rumbled to life on Dec. 1. A haze of smoke continues to emanate from the volcano's crater.
30 November 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest volcano, is circled by clouds in a photo taken by an International Space Station astronaut on Nov. 1, 2015.
30 November 2015, 11:15 AM ET
The Paris climate meetings begin on Monday. But what exactly are they?
24 November 2015, 08:44 AM ET
Not many people can say they have traveled to the edge of space, but a team of scientists and engineers is daring to join those ranks.