Planet Earth Archive
19 March 2015, 12:18 PM ET
Despite the never-ending chill and snow in the U.S. Northeast this year, the globe experienced the warmest winter months since record keeping began in 1880, scientists say.
19 March 2015, 09:02 AM ET
Global emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years that there was no climb in emissions during a time of economic growth. This suggests efforts to reduce emissions may be working, but experts say it's not that simple.
18 March 2015, 01:20 PM ET
A glacier the size of California in East Antarctica is in danger of melting away, which could lead to an extreme thaw increases sea levels by about 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) worldwide if the glacier vanishes, a new study finds.
17 March 2015, 12:47 PM ET
A booth at the South by Southwest Interactive festival throws random strangers together to solve a puzzle, and escape a locked Alaskan cabin exposed to the elements.
16 March 2015, 04:10 PM ET
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa, a new study finds.
16 March 2015, 01:17 PM ET
This year's El Niño may deliver a quiet tornado season.
13 March 2015, 02:25 PM ET
New evidence reveals that the ancient coral tombs of Leluh in Micronesia could be up to 700 years old — much older than previously thought.
13 March 2015, 02:12 PM ET
Stunning lightning storms inside of towering volcanic ash clouds created tiny glass balls.
13 March 2015, 08:17 AM ET
New images of the recent eruption of one of Chile's most active volcanoes reveal how powerful blasts of lava and ash blanketed the mountain's side with volcanic material.
13 March 2015, 08:11 AM ET
American and European satellites captured images of a Chilean volcano before and after it blew up on March 3.
12 March 2015, 10:33 AM ET
Winter is when Arctic sea ice reaches its peak extent, but this year it could set a record seasonal low.
11 March 2015, 04:59 PM ET
A new view of California's earthquake risk slightly raises the likelihood of big earthquakes in the Golden State, but lowers the chance that people in some regions will feel shaking from smaller magnitude-6.7 quakes.
11 March 2015, 09:35 AM ET
Iron vapor from cosmic impacts during the early days of Earth could have triggered "metal rain" to fall on the newborn planet, researchers say.
11 March 2015, 07:07 AM ET
At least seven snowy owls have been spotted in New York City since December, and scientists are reaping the benefits. By tagging the owls, researchers have learned surprising things about the birds' feeding habits and ecology.
11 March 2015, 06:58 AM ET
Isolated glaciers can store liquid water in their upper layers for years, similar to firn aquifers found in Greenland.
10 March 2015, 10:16 PM ET
The San Andreas Fault in California is a strike-slip fault that marks the boundary between two of Earth's tectonic plates.
10 March 2015, 10:05 PM ET
The different ways that the environment gets contaminated.
10 March 2015, 05:11 PM ET
Weather patterns drew a dividing line between West and East in the United States in February, according to NASA.
09 March 2015, 04:51 PM ET
Florida, one of the states most susceptible to the effects of climate change and sea-level rise, verbally banned state environmental officials from using the term "climate change," an investigation revealed. But the Sunshine State isn't the only U.S. stat
09 March 2015, 11:02 AM ET
Toxic lead buried in icy layers of an Andes glacier reveals that leaded gasoline was the region's worst polluter in the last 2,000 years.
06 March 2015, 05:02 PM ET
The bone-chilling cold weather that blasted the eastern United States in winter 2014-2015 was miserable, but no record-breaker.
06 March 2015, 12:06 PM ET
Four geologists in Iceland had the hottest job on Earth this week. To capture accurate measurements of toxic volcanic gases, the scientists climbed directly into Baugur crater on Wednesday.
05 March 2015, 11:05 PM ET
Each year, rip currents kill more people than sharks or jellyfish or even hurricanes.
05 March 2015, 12:59 PM ET
A weak El Nino has finally emerged a year after its first signs of forming, but weather impacts will be muted.
05 March 2015, 08:14 AM ET
As the outlook for animals like elephants and rhinos turns grim, wildlife experts are seeing some signs of encouragement that the illegal trade of ivory and other animal products is being treated as a serious crime.
05 March 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Hawaii's big, booming eruptions are born from a pair of two relatively small magma chambers under Kilauea volcano's peak.
05 March 2015, 12:46 AM ET
A new 3D camera can capture single snowflakes as they fall, and it's revolutionizing how forecasters predict the impacts of stormy winter weather.
05 March 2015, 12:19 AM ET
You've seen the greeting cards and the (possibly doctored) black and white photographs, but what do snowflakes really look like?
04 March 2015, 10:02 PM ET
Deforestation, the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses, is considered to be a contributing factor to global climate change.