Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.
Year of Forests: Forest loss around the world has slowed, mostly because of more planting than chopping in Asia.
Windy City Whopper: Chicago seems to have been punched the hardest by the most recent winter storm. The city topped out at 20.2 inches (51 centimeters) of snow, making the storm the third biggest ever recorded for the city. [Related: Whopper Winter Storm Can't Compare to '93 Superstorm .]
Wildebeest Migration: A proposed road through Serengeti National Park would cut off one of the world's greatest migrations, that of wildebeests, and lead to a 35 percent loss in the herd, according to a new study.
Previously on Our Daily Planet: Chicago Snow and Groundhog Day