Deanna Conners
Photo showing a volcanically active area in Hawaii

US revamps volcano early warning system

There are 161 active volcanoes in the United States, more than 1/3 of which have been classified as posing a high threat to nearby communities. A new law aims to improve volcano monitoring.

Scuba diver under water.

How to celebrate World Oceans Day 2019

World Oceans Day is Saturday, June 8. Celebrate! Plan or find an event. Participate on social media. Or … just go to the beach. Some ideas for participating here.

Photo showing the eyewall of Hurricane Michael

How do hurricanes get their names?

The World Meteorological Organization manages the formal system by which hurricanes receive their names. Find hurricane names for 2019 here.

Photo of an unfolding leaf.

Springtime in northern Europe starting earlier and earlier

New analyses of satellite data show that the start of the spring growing season in northern Europe has advanced by 0.3 days per year from 2000 to 2016.

Today in science: Bingham Canyon landslide

On April 10, 2013, one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the history of North America took place at the Bingham Canyon mine in Utah.

What causes landslides and mudslides?

The trigger is usually water. Excessive rainfall can trigger landslides and mudslides because it’s heavy and adds extra weight to the land.

Photo showing a dramatic drop in water levels at Lake Mead.

How can US adapt to threat of water shortages?

A new study suggests that reductions in water use for agriculture might be the best bet for avoiding future water shortages in the U.S.

When is the next leap year?

If there were no leap years, eventually February would be a summer month for the Northern Hemisphere. 2019 isn’t a leap year, but 2020 will be.

Want cleaner roadside air? Plant hedges

To improve air quality near urban roads, scientists from the Global Centre for Clean Air Research recommend planting hedges that can trap air pollutants.

2 green birds with black beaks and orange heads perched on a leafless branch.

Join the 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count

During the 2018 count, bird watchers from more than 100 countries submitted more than 180,000 bird checklists. This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count happens February 15-18. It is free and easy to participate. Find out how here.