Planet Earth Archive
24 February 2014, 11:34 AM ET
Nearly three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese government will for the first time allow a small number of people to return to their homes.
23 February 2014, 01:14 PM ET
Increasingly, improving the lots of people around the world requires ever-more carbon emissions, new research finds. Unless something changes, it's unlikely that development and sustainability can go hand-in-hand.
23 February 2014, 01:02 PM ET
By zapping single atoms of lead in a tiny zircon crystal from Australia, researchers have confirmed the crystal is the oldest rock fragment ever found on Earth — 4.4 billion years old.
23 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Cooling caused by volcanic eruptions accounts for 15 percent of the global warming "pause," the mismatch between actual warming and climate-model predictions.
23 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The range of lifestyles seen on the ocean floor of ancient Earth was changed little by the end-Permian mass extinction, the greatest die-off of life on Earth, a new study shows.
22 February 2014, 03:17 AM ET
Can carbon standards survive against a public disinformation campaign?
21 February 2014, 03:27 PM ET
Winter Olympians talk about the changes they've seen in snow cover during their careers -- and urge climate action to prevent further warming.
21 February 2014, 03:14 PM ET
An outbreak of severe weather battered parts of the midwestern and southern United States yesterday (Feb. 20), with damaging winds, strong storms and even several tornadoes reported in Illinois and Georgia.
21 February 2014, 02:06 PM ET
A deep freeze has settled in over the Great Lakes this winter and a new image released by NASA shows the astonishing extent of the ice cover as seen from space.
21 February 2014, 01:47 PM ET
A thief has removed the track of a three-toed dinosaur from public lands near Moab, Utah, and Bureau of Land Management officials are looking for help to get the priceless artifact back.
21 February 2014, 11:31 AM ET
The number of deaths in Northern California from so-called sneaker waves, large waves that suddenly swamp a beach and often take people unawares, prompted one meteorologists to start forecasting the conditions that would bring the waves.
20 February 2014, 06:08 PM ET
A landslide that occurred last weekend in Alaska may be the largest one to occur since 2010, scientists say.
20 February 2014, 05:33 PM ET
100 metric tons of highly contaminated water leaked out of a tank at Japan’s Fukushima plant, said its operator Tokyo Electric Power Co on Thursday.
20 February 2014, 02:00 PM ET
West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, one of the continent's fastest-changing ice streams, looks to be recreating 8,000-year-old history as it shrinks and thins, a new study suggests.
20 February 2014, 10:40 AM ET
The new "Pompeii" movie provides a 3D, front-row seat to one of the worst catastrophes in history: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, which entombed the city and its residents in volcanic ash.
20 February 2014, 10:30 AM ET
The Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere when it goes online in 2016. But satisfying a small fraction of the area's thirst comes at a big cost, so the entire project faces unprecedented scrutiny.
20 February 2014, 10:09 AM ET
For the first time, anyone in the world can see when and where deforestation is happening. The Global Forest Watch website, which launches today (Feb. 20), shows the forests of the world in never-before-seen detail.
20 February 2014, 09:54 AM ET
A new interactive map shows deforestation in near-real time. Satellite imagery updated monthly shows forest loss and (more rarely) gain.
20 February 2014, 09:49 AM ET
This wallpaper shows the well-preserved cliff dwellings of Tonto National Monument in Arizona. Situated within rugged terrain in the northeastern part of the Sonoran Desert, the dwellings were occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.
20 February 2014, 09:40 AM ET
In an effort to bolster governmental support of climate change action in the U.S., a Californian billionaire plans to spend up to $100 million in televised campaigns supporting climate action leading up to the 2014 election.
20 February 2014, 09:19 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 4.1 struck today in the United Kingdom, according to the British Geological Survey.
20 February 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The Nicaraguan government has granted a concession to a mysterious Chinese company owned by Jing Wang, a little-known Hong-Kong based businessman, to build an inter-oceanic canal.
19 February 2014, 07:39 PM ET
The World Resource Institute, along with 40 public and private partners, launched a new website on Feb. 20,, to track deforestation in near-real time.
19 February 2014, 04:44 PM ET
California's drought has left communities, especially in rural areas, scrambling for water. The groundwater left is at high risk of contamination because pollutants are less diluted than usual.
19 February 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Mount Vesuvius rains down on Pompeii, and a tsunami floods its streets. The filmmakers used some artistic license in the eruption and its aftermath, but the general sequence of events is accurate.
19 February 2014, 02:28 PM ET
Gusting winds blew away Alaska's wind chill record on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), setting a new low of minus 97 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 71 degrees Celsius).
19 February 2014, 02:11 PM ET
The retired Earth-watching satellite Landsat 5 may have quit taking pictures of planet, but it’s apparently not finished posing in them.
19 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The giant magma blob beneath Yellowstone National Park unleashed tons of ancient helium gas as it torched North America.
19 February 2014, 12:33 PM ET
The northern lights spilled over into New England last night, courtesy of an eruption on the sun that supercharged a geomagnetic storm.
19 February 2014, 11:55 AM ET
Lake Oroumieh, the largest lake in Iran and one of the largest saltwater lakes on the planet, has shrunk more than 80 percent in the past decade, but the nation's president, Hassan Rouhani, is now making it a priority to save the lake from drying up.
18 February 2014, 05:30 PM ET
A video montage of bears crossing the Trans-Canada Highway.
18 February 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Climate change occurs at different speeds in different regions around the planet. Now, researchers have created global maps showing the speed and direction in which certain temperature regimes will change this century.