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Watch the Breath of the Earth in This Very Cool Animation

Driven by energy from the Sun, air circulates in our planet's atmosphere in complex but regular patterns.

Arctic Invasion Chokes East Coast Waters With Ice

The Arctic invasion that has gripped so much of the United States for so long has turned the waters in and around New York City into something resembling the winter shores of Qaanaaq, Greenland.

The Ultimate Cure for Hubris

Yes, I know, I'm obsessed with the Sun. And I swear — I really wan't intending to post another image of it for awhile.

Vetoed Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport Oil Extracted in Gigantic Open Pit Mines That Are Visible From Space

The news is in: President Obama has just vetoed legislation approved by both houses of the U.S. Congress that would have allowed construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline to go forward.

Evolution of a Hurricane-Force Storm in the North Atlantic

A low pressure system in the North Atlantic that evolved into hurricane-force storm last weekend brought gale force winds and high waves to the United Kingdom and Ireland Sunday and yesterday.

Contrarian Scientist Who Says Sun is Responsible for Global Warming is Accused of Taking Corporate Cash for Science

Willie Soon, a prominent global warming skeptic, says "no amount of money can influence what I say or do or research or write." If recently released documents are accurate, he is a liar.  -- ⊕ -- During a lecture on climate change in 2013, Willie Soon, a prominent skeptic of human-caused climate change, pointed to a large image showing an explosion of plasma from the Sun and then said that he was "fed up" with the scientific consensus on climate change: They say it is always the CO2.

Tale of Two Seals: Winners and Losers in a Warming Arctic

Editor's note: With the Arctic warming faster than any other region on Earth, floating sea ice in the region has been in decline: The average area of Arctic sea ice shrank at a rate of 57,000 square kilometers each year between 1996 and last year.

Hurricane-Force Blizzard Takes Aim at New England, With Another Blockbuster Storm Possibly Coming Next Week

As I'm writing this, a storm barreling down from the Great Lakes has approached the Atlantic coast near Washington, D.C. It's forecast to start marching northeast toward New England tonight into Sunday.

Take a Breathtaking Journey to the Sun, Skim its Surface — and Be Amazed!

From Earth, the Sun basically looks like a featureless, burning yellow ball — and one that we obviously shouldn't look at directly.

Is the Sun Frowning After Scrubbed Launch of Solar-Wind Satellite?

Windiness forced NASA to scrub the launch yesterday of a new satellite designed to provide real-time monitoring of, well, the solar wind.

Baked Australia: Bushfires Blaze as New Report Pins Blame for Intense Heat Waves on Climate Change

A new report out earlier this week says climate change is making Australia hotter, with anomalously warm days occurring more often and heat waves becoming hotter, longer and more frequent.

How and Why It's Weird Outside — In Six Images

Dateline — Niwot, Colorado, Feb. 6, 2015, 9:30 p.m.:  Temperature: 65 degrees F. Normal low for this date: ~ 20.

Whispers of Ecological Change in the Arctic Are Trying to Tell Us Something. Are We Listening?

Editor's note: This is a guest post by Avery McGaha, one of two master’s students who joined me in Tromsø, Norway to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference in January, 2014.

Smoke From Aussie Bushfires Blown Almost to Antarctica

Two big bushfires — one described as the largest in Western Australia's recent history — have lofted large amounts of smoke high into the atmosphere, where it has been picked up by winds and blown 2,000 miles to the south.

Arctic Bulls Forced to Cool Their Heels Even as Arctic Warms

It seems that at least for now, the bloom is off the Arctic rose. As an article in this week's Economist argues, fervent hopes for developing the Arctic's energy and minerals, and for using an Arctic sea route to ship goods between Asia and Europe more quickly, have faded.

Crisscrossing Glaciers

Pic of the Day For a flight back from Europe on Jan. 23, I knew our great circle routing would take us very far north.

A Superstorm for Superbowl Sunday

Just in time for the Superbowl: a super-sized storm swirling in the northeastern Pacific Ocean that's pushing up waves possibly as high as apartment houses.

"Buona notte dallo spazio!"

Pic of the Day Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posted this absolutely stunning image to Twitter from the International Space Station on Friday, Jan.

Halfway Through Season, Snowpack in U.S. West Thins

January was not kind to snowpack in the mountains of the U.S. West — from which most residents of this part of the country derive their water.

Politicians and Oil Men Swoon at the Arctic's Siren Call Even as Scientists Warn of the Rocks Ahead

From increasing heat, to melting snow and ice, and rising sea level, we've been getting a clearer picture of how Earth's climate is changing and where it is probably heading in the next hundred years.


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