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.
Forest fires are a danger in many places in the world. But, even when comparing similar forests, North America's fires are still stronger, hotter, smokier, and faster than fires elsewhere. Why? The answer is hidden deep in the forests themselves.
It's only June and 2014 is already a record fire year out west. We asked a wildfire fighter how fires are fought, what causes them and what you can do if you find yourself in their path.
In the middle of the U.S. Revolutionary War, there came a day in New England when it seemed that the sun disappeared. Both sides thought that the world was ending. Now we know what actually happened.
It's been a terrible few years for fires, with thousands of homes lost every summer. NASA is using its two earth-monitoring satellites, Terra and Aqua, to help monitor forest fires from space—and to find out how much worse it's going to get.
Why does smoke from cigarettes, smokestacks, and volcanoes rise in a straight line before spreading out into a billowing cloud? And how does this help Forest Service workers spot wildfires early?
Sure, it's only a model of a dual-saw-wielding giant robot, but we can't help but to admire one man's vision of an autonomous future of fighting forest fires. The Forest Fire "Clear Cut" Robot (model) has 600 parts and took its creator 6 months to complete. What it represents is a tool prepared to slice and dice trees…