Planet Earth Archive
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.
18 February 2014, 03:29 PM ET
The Great Lakes are almost completely frozen over for the first time in 10 years, thanks to persistent cold weather.
18 February 2014, 01:55 PM ET
It turns out that Northern California's earthquake lull may be an anomaly. In the 70 years before the 1906 earthquake, the San Andreas Fault unleashed three earthquakes bigger than magnitude-6 in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco.
18 February 2014, 01:45 PM ET
A satellite circling the globe captured pictures of the steep peaks outside of Sochi where skiers and snowboarders are striving for Olympic glory.
18 February 2014, 01:19 PM ET
Like long security lines and bad coffee, turbulence is one of the headaches travelers face when they decide to board an airplane. But there are times when turbulence can cause more than just a headache.
18 February 2014, 10:22 AM ET
In the wake of recent snowstorms, the weather that is forecast to follow favors rounds of freeze and thaw cycles that can contribute to vehicle accidents and slip and fall incidents days later.
18 February 2014, 07:11 AM ET
Asian elephants may touch each other and "talk" to each other during times of distress, which suggests the animals are capable of empathy and reassurance, according to new research.
17 February 2014, 03:12 PM ET
The amount of heat generated by sea ice melting and the associated decrease in albedo is equivalent to roughly 25 percent of the average global warming currently occurring due to increased carbon dioxide levels, the team reports.
16 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Strike that iconic image of a tall, snow-capped volcano sitting atop a liquid pool of hot, molten magma. It turns out that most volcanoes prefer cold storage, a new study suggests.
16 February 2014, 12:21 AM ET
From tree-climbing crocs to termite-inspired bots we have some of the most interesting stories from Science this week!
14 February 2014, 09:17 PM ET
Climate solutions need conservative and progressive input.
14 February 2014, 09:02 PM ET
After generations of steady employment, coal miners are looking to go elsewhere.
14 February 2014, 06:06 PM ET
The U.K. Royal Air Force is joining flood recovery efforts in the U.K. after winter storms have drenched the area and caused the River Thames to overtop its banks.
14 February 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The rising ocean temperatures that may come with climate change pose a threat to fish that live near the equator, a new study from Australia suggests.
14 February 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Epitomizing the idea of a 'Conservative Conservationist', the Honorable Right John Gummer, Lord Deben is a conservative member of the UK's House of Lords and Committee on Climate Change, which is tasked with determining the country's carbon targets.