Ever since climate change become a widely-recognized problem, international leaders have been looking at forests as one of the best opportunities for greenhouse gas mitigation. One thing that they overlooked, up until very recently, is that forests aren’t just full of trees.
A years-long battle over the placement of the Thirty Meter Telescope saw a major development this week, when Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources issued the telescope a fresh construction permit to build on the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. But a coalition of opponents to the telescope, led by Native…
Two years ago in the Netherlands, artist Paul de Kort designed an 81-acre park near Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. His assignment? To use nothing but landscaping to dampen the noise of airplanes. Such a project had never been attempted—and a crucial element of the design was discovered almost by accident.
Maine has miles and miles of coastline, but its most spectacular sand dunes are nowhere near water. For that, you'd have to head inland, toward the vast, sandy expanse known as the "Desert of Maine." There, thanks to hapless farmers and some unusual geology, you'll find rolling dunes in the land of lobster and pine…
The evaporation ponds at the south end of the Dead Sea produce both sodium chloride and potassium salts. The pond size, and thus salt production, has expanded substantially in response to global demand for salts used in industrial processing.
Daydreaming about traipsing around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone made me wonder just how idyllic this accidental-wildlife refuge really is. Local camera-trap photography is downright sexy with wolves, lynx, eagle, and deer, but the satellite images paint a duller picture.
Sometimes even the most visionary architects need a little perspective—a way to see what's just over the horizon. To show them what's coming, photographer Curt Westergard delivers a peek at the near-future using one of the oldest, most low-tech solutions on the planet: Balloons.
The first satellite in the European Space Agency's new Earth-monitoring Sentinel mission is already sending photos home. The first photos are of land use in Belgium, flooding in Namibia, and glacial retreat and land cover monitoring in Antarctica.
Today is the anniversary of Landsat 7's launch, marking 15 years and over 1.7 million images of our changing planet. Tour the US Geological Survey's gallery of favourite images, or browse the entire collection for free.
Argentina's fertile agricultural region in Pampas is a patchwork of farm fields, with one notable exception. In the center of the image (and magnified inset) is a cypress and eucalyptus forest shaped into a guitar. This grove is tended by a farmer in memory of his wife.
Anybody can contribute to the progress of science! There are plenty of "Citizen Scientist" projects that let you help with scientific research. But one question lingers: How reliable are the results produced by non-experts? A new study provides some good news.