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The Ozone Hole: Closing the Gap

After thinning at alarming rates in the 1980s and 90s, the ozone layer over Antarctica is starting to recover. Watch how ozone concentrations in the stratosphere have changed from 1979 through 2018.

Countdown to Calving at Brunt Ice Shelf

Cracks growing across the ice shelf are poised to release an iceberg about twice size of New York City.

Italy's Mt. Etna Shows Off Fire and Ice

As snow covers the peak of Mt. Etna in Italy a steady stream of smoke rises from the edge of the volcano giving a glimpse into what may be looming beneath the surface.

Wutip (was 02W – Northwestern Pacific Ocean)

Tropical Depression 02W formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on February 19 and the National Weather Service in Guam has issued warnings for Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap States.

Wallangara Fire in New South Wales Australia Still Raging

The Wallangara bushfire that was highlighted on NASA's Fire and Smoke page February 15, 2018, has now burned at least 43,800ha (108,232 acres) in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia.

Three Separate Bushfires Vex Parts of New South Wales, Australia

Fire season in Australia has been difficult for the entire continent and that includes New South Wales where three large bushfires have broken out.

Love is in the Air

This Valentine in the sky is the visible expression of fluid dynamics at work.

A Strong Start to Sierra Snowpack

A succession of storms in January and February dumped huge amounts of snow on the Sierra Nevada.

Summer Floods in Australia

Weeks of rainfall pounded Queensland in January and February 2019, causing destructive flooding in the region.

Oma (Southern Pacific Ocean)

NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Oma.

China and India Lead the Way in Greening

Ambitious tree-planting programs and intensified agriculture have led to more land area covered in vegetation.

NASA Finds Possible Second Impact Crater Under Greenland Ice

A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland.

Alaska in Flux: Slumping Coastlines

Erosion is one of the major changes to the state’s landscape in recent decades.

Neil (Southern Pacific Ocean)

Tropical Cyclone Neil had a short life in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Where Batteries Begin

Chile’s Salar de Atacama has the world’s largest reserve of lithium, which is a key ingredient in rechargeable batteries.

Drought then Deluge Turned a Stable Landslide into Disaster

“Stable landslide” sounds like a contradiction in terms, but there are indeed places on Earth where land has been creeping downhill slowly and harmlessly for as long as a century.

2018 Fourth Warmest Year in Continued Warming Trend, According to NASA, NOAA

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Floods Soak Argentine Farmland

Some areas received a year’s worth of rain in the first two weeks of January.

Wild Winter Temperature Swings

The bitter cold that gripped the eastern half of the United States has been replaced by record-warmth.

Gelena (Southern Indian Ocean)

Tropical Storm Gelena intensified rapidly and appeared to have a cloud-filled eye.

Funani (Southern Indian Ocean)

Tropical Storm Funani (formerly classified as 12S) continued to affect Rodrigues Island in the South Pacific Ocean.

David Wolff: Wallops’ Storm-chaser — With Satellites and Airplanes

Meteorologist David Wolff chases hurricanes with the help of satellites and airplanes.

Time Traveling to the Triassic

Fossil remains in Argentina's Talampaya and Ischigualasto Natural Parks document the origins of mammals and dinosaurs.

NASA, NOAA to Announce 2018 Global Temperatures, Climate Conditions

Climate experts from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide the annual release of global temperatures data and discuss the most important climate trends of 2018.

Another Deadly Dam Collapse in Brazil

A torrent of waste sludge from an iron mine has devastated a small town in Minas Gerais.
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