These Are All The Areas Likely To Be Hit By The Coral Bleaching Outbreak

Coral bleaching is among nature's spookiest reactions. One day, a section of coral is teeming with life and color. Then, suddenly, all that's left is the bleached out outline of that empty coral, a ghost coral in empty waters. And we could be headed for a truly landscape altering coral bleaching this year. » 3/09/15 9:20am 3/09/15 9:20am

How bad was your winter? How you answer that question depends, of course, on where you're answering it from. Climate Central has put together a calculator that shows you just where in the spectrum of your city's wintry history this year falls in terms of temperatures over the last 120 years of winters. » 3/06/15 11:30am 3/06/15 11:30am

El Niño Is Finally Here, But Not Quite How We Expected It

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] has announced the long-predicted El Niño for this year has finally arrived. But it doesn't look quite like we thought it would. » 3/05/15 1:40pm 3/05/15 1:40pm

Massive Forest Fires Could Be Cooling the Earth

Wait, what? A forest fire may not sound like a great way to cool off, but Earth's climate is a complicated beast. It turns out that some of the world's fiercest blazes are actually lowering our planet's temperatures. » 2/16/15 5:17pm 2/16/15 5:17pm

Even our underwater forests are dying off. Kelp forests have been undergoing huge losses in the last 75 years. So what's causing the disappearance? NASA's Earth Observatory identifies three of the biggest problems as warmer oceans, more intense storms, and invasive species moving into the area. » 1/21/15 7:30am 1/21/15 7:30am

Why Is Venus So Horrible?

Seriously, Venus is the worst. The global temperature is as hot as an oven, the atmospheric pressure is 90 times Earth, and it rains sulfuric acid. Every part of the surface of Venus would kill you dead in moments. But how did it get that way? » 12/19/14 4:30pm 12/19/14 4:30pm

Arctic Temperatures Are Rising Twice As Fast As Anywhere Else On Earth

A comprehensive review of the state of the Arctic reveals some troubling information about rising temperature rates, which are more than double those of anywhere else on Earth, as well as some strange new habitat changes for polar bears. » 12/17/14 11:20am 12/17/14 11:20am

The Origins Of The Windswept Dunes On Titan

A decade ago, radar images taken by the Cassini spacecraft first revealed that 20% of the surface of Saturn's largest moon is covered by wind-formed dunes hundreds of yards high, more than a mile wide and hundreds of miles long. But how is this possible, when data suggests that Titan only has light breezes? » 12/09/14 8:20am 12/09/14 8:20am


Prepare yourself for a possible guacamole shortage. California accounts for about 95% of the avocados grown in the U.S., but the historic drought — the worst in 1,200 years — has taken its toll on the crop, which requires 74 gallons of water to produce one pound. » 12/08/14 7:30am 12/08/14 7:30am

We Lose A Chunk Of Antarctic Ice The Size Of Mt. Everest Every 2 Years

An analysis of the past 21 years of West Antarctica's rapidly dwindling glacier cover has revealed some troubling news: The rate of melting has tripled in the past decade alone. And it's only getting faster. » 12/02/14 1:40pm 12/02/14 1:40pm


What would happen to your home if water levels in the Great Lakes rose six feet? A new predictor from NOAA lets you see exactly what any change in water levels from either six feet above or below current levels in the Great Lakes would mean for the surrounding Midwest properties — whether they get parched or flooded. » 11/06/14 9:00am 11/06/14 9:00am

Where is all of Earth's groundwater going? Groundwater supplies around the world are undergoing a massive depletion. So what's the answer? Well, since the majority of groundwater is used for agricultural purposes, improving agricultural efficiency could have the biggest impact. » 11/05/14 11:20am 11/05/14 11:20am

Should Boston Become A City Of Canals?

Boston, like a number of coastal cities, is facing a tricky problem in the coming years: Sea levels are rising, and rising quickly, leaving cities more and more at risk for intense flooding. Could building a canal system help keep Boston high and dry? » 11/04/14 9:00am 11/04/14 9:00am

The latest measurements of the hole in the Ozone layer over the Antarctic put it at approximately the size of North America. Though that's certainly still a considerably-sized hole at 9 million square miles, NASA reports that the overall measurement has been holding roughly steady since 2010. » 10/31/14 1:30pm 10/31/14 1:30pm

Are Tornadoes Starting To Move In Swarms?

A new study looking at the last 59 years of tornadoes in the United States reveals something surprising: We have fewer tornadoes today than we used to. But those tornadoes are hitting in a terrifying new way. » 10/17/14 1:40pm 10/17/14 1:40pm

Study Reveals The Dust Bowl Was The Worst Drought In 1,000 Years

In the 1930s, the southwestern Great Plains suffered a series of severe droughts. Overfarming and overgrazing had destroyed prairie grasses, making the topsoil even more vulnerable to strong winds. NASA scientists now say that one of those drought years, 1934, was the driest and most widespread in a millennium. » 10/15/14 7:30am 10/15/14 7:30am

We've Lost So Much Antarctic Ice It's Causing A Dip In Earth's Gravity

An ESA satellite has spotted something unusual happening in the Antarctic: As the ice has dwindled there over the last five years, they're also seeing a change in the Earth's gravity. » 9/30/14 9:20am 9/30/14 9:20am