Tim De Chant's Per Square Mile answers through infographics: How much land would 7 billion people need to live like the people of these countries?
August 09, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
A new study finds a correlation between the underground injection of waste fluids from fracking and dozens of small earthquakes
August 06, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Deep underground in southern Italy, just outside the city of Naples, the Campi Flegrei supervolcano has been resting for the past 500 years.
August 06, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The Arctic is melting,
August 06, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A bioluminescent squid species that lives off the coast of California was caught on camera ditching its arms
August 03, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
In one click, the drifting lines and changing colors take you through 170 years of history.
August 03, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
53 million years ago, Antarctica was so warm that palm trees lived along its shores.
August 02, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
The opening of large parts of the Arctic Ocean each summer, and the melting of surface ice on northern landscapes, is driving a modern gold rush into the Arctic frontier.
August 01, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A number of studies indicate that several herb extracts could protect against sunburn and other damage from UV light
August 01, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
New findings indicate that effects of climate change could increase ozone depletion, UV exposure and skin cancer
July 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Over the course of a four day blitz that started on July 8th, surface melting of Greenland's vast glaciers leapt from affecting 40 percent of the surface area up to a staggering 97 percent.
July 25, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A new type of heat shield, made of kevlar-woven fabric and an inflation system, survived a 288-mile descent to Earth
July 24, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Roughly 40,000 years ago, the Neanderthals that lived in the Mediterranean disappeared. Whether they simply up and left, or died off, is anybody’s guess. They were still a common sight in western Europe for another 10,000 years, so outright extinction is off the table. In trying to understand what lead to the Neanderthal’s decline, archaeologists [...]
July 24, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Using aerial surveys, US geographers map the mineral resources found on Afghanistan's rocky surface.
July 23, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Three hundred meters below the arid landscape of northern Namibia researchers have discovered a source of fresh water, enough to match the region's current water demand for up to 400 years.
July 20, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Death Valley, California set an unusual new record last week matching the hottest low temperature ever recorded on Earth.
July 18, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Rising ocean acidity is now considered to be just as much of a formidable threat to the health of Earth’s environment as the atmospheric climate changes
July 18, 2012 | By Kat J. McAlpine
A team lead by engineers want to spray sunlight-reflecting sulfate particles into the upper atmosphere, a small-scale simulation of a volcanic eruption, to see if they can cool the climate.
July 17, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Fracking can go ahead in North Carolina, all because one tired legislator pushed the wrong button.
July 05, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Take a couple minutes between the barbecue and fireworks to put things into the larger context by appreciating “that we are all riding through the universe together on this spaceship we call Earth, that we are all interconnected, that we are all in this together, that we are all family.” The Atlantic points us to this beautiful [...]
July 05, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer