Planet Earth Archive
18 April 2014, 05:07 PM ET
A massive chunk of ice broke loose and is now drifting away from Antarctica.
18 April 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Take a look at ratings for seven wild geoengineering ideas that could change the Earth's climate for better or for worse.
18 April 2014, 04:24 PM ET
A new orchid species has been discovered in Panama.
18 April 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Natural fluctuations have driven Earth's climate for millennia, but they are not the cause of modern warming.
18 April 2014, 03:07 PM ET
Across the West, wildfires grew bigger and more frequent in the past 30 years, according to a new study that blames climate change and drought for the worsening flames.
18 April 2014, 02:29 PM ET
Images: Lophiaris silverarum and other orchid species.
18 April 2014, 02:12 PM ET
New research into the height of a very remote Andean plateau reveals just the latest surprise from the Earth's second-greatest mountain belt.
18 April 2014, 12:54 PM ET
An essential nutrient for life on Earth also cooks up in space, a new study finds.
18 April 2014, 12:38 PM ET
Many Sherpas insist that Mount Everest and other slopes in the area have become more dangerous because of climate change.
18 April 2014, 12:35 PM ET
A think-tank associated with a cosmetics company has a plan to brighten the surface of the moon in an effort to lighten up the night sky and reducing the need for electricity to run street lights. Scientists are skeptical.
18 April 2014, 12:12 PM ET
“Ice island B31” is 200 feet thick and 21mi X 12mi. It separated from the Antarctic Pine Island Glacier in Nov. 2013. NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites have been imaging its progress towards open ocean.
18 April 2014, 11:28 AM ET
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.5 struck today near southern Mexico's Pacific resort city of Acapulco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
18 April 2014, 09:08 AM ET
A monthlong underwater research mission led by the grandson of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau will begin on June 1. The so-called aquanauts will spend 30 days living and working in an underwater laboratory off the coast of Florida.
18 April 2014, 08:33 AM ET
How much do you know about one of the most destructive forces in nature?
17 April 2014, 05:42 PM ET
A new concrete repels water and could be close to maintenance-free.
17 April 2014, 02:00 PM ET
More than 10,000 feet below Summit, the highest point of Greenland's Ice Sheet, is a soil born before humanity's ancestors ever walked on Earth.
17 April 2014, 12:54 PM ET
One of Peru's most active volcanoes, Ubinas, erupted a massive ash cloud Tuesday (April 15).
17 April 2014, 11:17 AM ET
More than 24 hours after a South Korean ferry flipped over and started sinking off the country's southern coast Tuesday morning (April 15), 287 passengers are missing, CBS News reported.
17 April 2014, 10:11 AM ET
Five volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula are seen erupting from space on one satellite pass by Landsat 8.
17 April 2014, 10:11 AM ET
A magnitude-4.9 earthquake in central Idaho on Saturday (April 12) was the biggest of three weeks of small to moderate temblors that have unnerved residents in this remote region of the Northwest.
17 April 2014, 02:48 AM ET
U.S. waters are protected, but what counts as U.S. waters?
16 April 2014, 06:46 PM ET
The Landsat 8 satellite captured images of five volcanoes all erupting at once on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula. The region has dozens of active volcanoes.
16 April 2014, 04:37 PM ET
The jet stream's plunging pattern is a long-standing natural phenomenon. However, new findings also suggest that global warming may boost the frequency or intensity of the curves, which would mean more extreme winter weather in the United States and Canad
16 April 2014, 11:47 AM ET
They don't have gaping maws or fearsome talons. But don't be fooled. These sponges — though they look like fuzzy twigs — are killers. Scientists found four new species of carnivorous sponges that prey on small animals on the seafloor.
16 April 2014, 02:27 AM ET
You can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behaviour, the more chance we have of saving lives when they suddenly erupt.
15 April 2014, 10:55 PM ET
This stunning wallpaper shows Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size: 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
15 April 2014, 01:31 PM ET
A fire ravaging the scenic city of Valparaiso, Chile, is visible from satellite on April 13, 2014. So far, 15 people have died in the fire, and thousands of homes have been destroyed.
15 April 2014, 12:49 PM ET
his month, you can fly along the Gulf of Mexico seafloor and explore an ecosystem fueled by chemicals instead of sunlight, all from the comfort of home.
14 April 2014, 06:58 PM ET
A single bacterial strain may help researchers better understand the processes of global carbon cycling.
14 April 2014, 03:12 PM ET
In a new image taken by astronauts on the International Space Station, the Grand Canyon stretches across the Colorado Plateau. Entrance to the National Park is free this weekend, April 19 and 20, 2014.
14 April 2014, 03:00 PM ET
The worldwide ban on ozone-depleting chemicals stopped Arctic ozone from disappearing and forming an "ozone hole" similar in size to Antarctica's, a new study finds.
14 April 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Pollution from China's coal-burning power plants is pumping up winter storms over the northwest Pacific Ocean and changing North America's weather, a new study finds.
14 April 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Rare night-shining clouds that glow across the edge of space tend to appear near Earth's poles. But since the turn of the century, these silvery clouds have become more frequent sights over lower latitudes, new research finds.
14 April 2014, 10:58 AM ET
The mystery of the giant pile of boulders that a Moroccan village now rests on has been solved; they are the result of a huge, catastrophic rock fall that occurred 4,500 years ago in the Atlas Mountains.
12 April 2014, 09:52 AM ET
An expedition to the Kermadec Trench, one of Earth's coldest, deepest ocean trenches, is scheduled to start today (April 12).
11 April 2014, 05:32 PM ET
An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 shook Nicaragua Friday (April 11), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).