The physical processes that sculpt our Earth are dramatic — earthquakes, weather, volcanic eruptions, tectonic motions, climate change. Now, decades of research into the intricately intertwined system that links all oceans and freshwater, the atmosphere and our land is moving us forward toward a better understanding of our world. Here we watch it unfold.
Flowering throughout the calendar could help tropical trees evade competitors.
Scientists can now link "acts of God" to climate change. That could give victims the power to hold someone accountable, say lawyers.
Tornadoes and flash floods can happen at the same time, but safety instructions for each one is the opposite.
Climate models produce incredible amounts of data. Soon, scientists may have to give some of it up.
Mass migration to Chinese cities has likely decreased the total number of premature deaths caused by air pollution.