Planet Earth Archive
05 June 2014, 11:35 AM ET
A satellite photograph of tule fog filling California's Central Valley illustrates a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly rare. Recent research suggests fruit and nut farmers may need to adjust to the loss of this thick winter fog.
04 June 2014, 06:28 PM ET
The planet's oceans are gradually becoming more acidic, in turn threatening the life and ecosystems that call the seas home. Yet the technology for measuring ocean acidification is inadequate or expensive, scientists say.
04 June 2014, 04:32 PM ET
A little bit of a real-world science gets a brief flash on-screen during "Godzilla."
04 June 2014, 11:59 AM ET
A new map of sea surface temperatures shows the ocean-heat engine that drives the formation of hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones. Forecasters are predicting a relatively quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
04 June 2014, 10:16 AM ET
In 1947, a crash landing left wreckage from a U.S. Army plane frozen in time on northwest Greenland's remote ice sheets. A new image, released by NASA's Earth Observatory, shows the remains of the B-29 Superfortress plane, named Kee Bird.
04 June 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Deep-sea fish capture more than a million tons of carbon dioxide from U.K. and Irish surface waters each year, a new study found.
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Three newly discovered man-made gases join the growing list of chemicals that can destroy Earth's protective ozone layer, but these compounds likely pose little threat to ozone.
03 June 2014, 06:28 PM ET
Here's what you need to know about the new EPA power plant emissions proposal.
03 June 2014, 04:15 PM ET
An antimicrobial substance in pine tree bark may have a use for treating skin cancer.
03 June 2014, 04:01 PM ET
Obama aims to slash CO2 pollution from the electric power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
03 June 2014, 12:20 PM ET
A dust storm, or haboob, hit Tehran on June 2, 2014, killing at least four people and knocking out power to more than 50,000 homes and businesses. Photography student Alireza Naseri took a stunning picture of the storm from his apartment.
03 June 2014, 12:17 PM ET
See amazing images of two exploding volcanoes on opposite shores of the Pacific Ocean.
03 June 2014, 08:40 AM ET
Melted plastic trash on beaches can sometimes mix with sediment, basaltic lava fragments and organic debris to produce a new type of rock material called plastiglomerate. The rock may serve as a geological marker of humanity's impact on Earth.
03 June 2014, 08:25 AM ET
A new material called plastiglomerate has been discovered on Hawaii's Kamilo Beach. The rock is the result of melted plastic trash on beaches mixing with sediment, basaltic lava fragments and organic debris, such as shells.
02 June 2014, 04:43 PM ET
Even a weak El Niño could hike global temperatures to record levels this year and into 2015.
02 June 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A controversial new study suggests gender bias can shape how people respond to hurricane names.
02 June 2014, 01:49 PM ET
The sinking city of Venice is visible as a red island in a turbulent lagoon in a new photograph taken from space. The astronaut image shows how humans and sea interact in this long-occupied city.
02 June 2014, 01:45 PM ET
The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday by US EPA administrator Gina McCarthy.
02 June 2014, 10:37 AM ET
Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, a study by Yale & George Mason Universities found that they illicit different reactions in Americans.
02 June 2014, 07:27 AM ET
New Zealand photographer Chris Watson captured an image of one of the first winter storms of the year near Invercargill, New Zealand. The storms disrupted a food festival in the area and trapped motorists on the highway for hours.
31 May 2014, 10:35 AM ET
A month-long research mission on the ocean floor, led by Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is slated to begin this weekend. Fabien Cousteau and a team of "aquanauts" will spend 31 days living underwater.
30 May 2014, 09:57 PM ET
For the second night in a row, the magical Manhattanhenge sunset has been a bust. Let's hope for clear skies in July for the last chance to see the amazing New York City sunset in 2014.
30 May 2014, 06:27 PM ET
A meandering bloom of plankton in the North Sea is visible on a new image taken by NASA's Terra satellite. Phytoplankton blooms occur all over the world's oceans in nutrient-rich environments.
30 May 2014, 04:10 PM ET
In the grasslands and floodplains of southern Africa, conservationists found a 300-mile (500 kilometers) zebra migration — the longest known trek of any land mammal on the continent.
30 May 2014, 03:47 PM ET
Here's what you need to know about the 2014 hurricane forecast.
30 May 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Tough and tiny zircon crystals have ruled out another volcano as the source of ash used to make Maya pottery, deepening this long-running archaeological mystery.
30 May 2014, 02:16 AM ET
Solar energy is rapidly expanding across the United States, and it's not hard to understand why.
29 May 2014, 10:49 PM ET
We often use the weather as a metaphor for how we’re feeling: gloomy, sunny or under a cloud. But how does it actually affect us?
29 May 2014, 08:54 PM ET
The magical "Manhattanhenge" sunset, expected to bathe the grid-patterned New York City cross streets in a golden glow was clouded out tonight (May 29). But there's still a chance to view the event tomorrow night (May 30).
29 May 2014, 03:51 PM ET
Some of the top polluters in the U.S. are changing to cleaner energy — a trend that should accelerate with new U.S. standards.
29 May 2014, 03:44 PM ET
A satellite view of Hurricane Amanda from May 25, 2014, shows the storm's profile. NASA's CloudSat satellite flew over the storm's east side and captured an image of the storm's clouds and precipitation.
29 May 2014, 02:05 PM ET
NASA's Cloudsat mission flew over the storm on May 25th, 2014. It saw heavy to moderate precipitation below the freezing level.