Southerners Are Failing at Building Snowmen

A major winter storm tests the lower states' snow-sculpting mettle.

Studio Roosegaarde

Artist Inundates the Netherlands with a 'Virtual Flood'

Eerie, floating lights show how high water would crest if the dikes failed.

Flickr/Jean-Etienne Minh Duy Poirrer

Care About Global Climate Change? Then Fight Local Air Pollution

The dirty fuels that cause particulate pollution are the same dirty fuels that cause global warming.

Suburban Birds Are Reservoirs for Lyme-Disease Bacteria

Humans are creating wonderful habitats for disease-spreading robins and sparrows.


It's So Cold You Could Walk Across Lake Erie

95 percent of the lake’s surface is frozen. But don't get any big ideas.

John Arnold

Why Did a Chinese Rocket Break Up Spectacularly Over America?

It had launched a scientific or military satellite, depending on which side you believe.


Cold, Dark, and Happy: Lessons From Alaska, the New Leader in Well-Being

Years of state rankings paint a picture of the ideal healthiest place to live.


A Kentucky City Issues an Arrest Warrant for Frozen Queen Elsa

Police in Harlan, Kentucky, put out an all-points bulletin for the character as a suspect behind record-cold temperatures. But what about Mr. Freeze?


Tremble in the Shadow of New York's 50-Foot 'Ice Volcano'

The massive, frozen cone is the product of this winter's bitter temperatures.

Robert F. Bukaty/AP

In Frozen Maine, Portland's Snow Dump Is Reaching FAA Height Limits

The city's primary snow dump is so tall it could run afoul of Federal Aviation Administration safety guidelines.


The 500-Pound Fireball Over Pittsburgh

NASA captured video of a bright meteor blazing through the morning sky this week.

Reuters/Damir Sagolj

The Ghost of Earthquakes Past

Mega-quakes trigger massive temblors for years after they first hit.

Flickr/Matthew Hurst

Rising Sea Levels Are Already Making Miami's Floods Worse

We don’t have to look 85 years into the future to see what a sinking world looks like.

Mike Groll/AP

New York in 2080: 9 Degrees Warmer, 39 Inches of Sea Level Rise

And other alarming details from the city's latest climate change report.


Ithaca Doesn't Actually Want You to Go to Florida

The tourist bureau website has received 108,000 visits since its marketing gag went viral.

Vertical Harvest

The Case for Vertical Farming in Small-Town Wyoming

With harsh winters and a remote location, Jackson, Wyoming, has been unusually dependent on food trucked in from far away. Here's how one company hopes to change that.

Elaine Hood/National Science Foundation

How to Survive Winter in Antarctica

The last flight out of the South Pole until November departed on Friday. How do the people left behind cope with months of endless darkness and sub-zero temperatures?

Want Your City to Thrive? Look to Its Trees

Communities like Culver City, California, are focusing on urban forest plans to help protect a major economic and environmental asset: the tree canopy.

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

China Is Responsible for a Quarter of the Plastic Clogging Our Oceans

It's important to illuminate the volume and the origin of marine plastic.

Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

The U.S. Is On Track for the Worst Megadrought in 1,000 Years

Looming drought conditions will exceed anything seen since Medieval times, say scientists.