Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed

On the morning of April 27th, 2001, students, teachers, parents and community members came together to celebrate the outstanding achievement of students throughout Marin and Sonoma counties who have been actively working on the STRAW project.


Protecting endangered species has always been a difficult task in those regions outside of the United States. In fact, many endangered species across the Congo Basin of Africa, such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants, are on the verge of becoming extinct. It turns out that these animals are being killed for bushmeat, which refers to ...

New names for typhoons

In an effort to localize storm names, a new list has been generated for tropical storms and typhoons in the Western North Pacific and South China Sea. The first storm this year will be called Damrey, which means elephant in Cambodian.

16th Century mega-drought

Tree ring records in North America show evidence of a “mega-drought” in the 16th century that wreaked havoc for decades among early settlers and native populations.

Carcinogenic volcanoes

Volcanoes can be bad for your health months and even years they have finished erupting, new research shows.

When snowflakes screech

With its ability to create muffled winter landscapes, snow is usually associated with quiet. When it falls on a body of water, one might expect snow to be just as silent.

Focus on ozone

Looking to plug holes in our knowledge about the ozone hole, some 350 scientists from around the world are studying the Arctic atmosphere this winter to understand chemical changes in the stratosphere (30,000 to 180,000 feet up) brought about by solar radiation.

Bacterium cleans up sewage

There are about 5 billion people on the planet now, and human waste has taken its toll on the environment. But ammonia, one of the most common noxious waste products, has a new enemy.

Giant quake 300 years ago

On January 26, 1700, the largest earthquake known to have occurred in the lower 48 United States rocked Cascadia, a region 600 miles long that includes northern California, Oregon, Washington, and southern British Columbia.

Earthquake casualties doubled in 1999

The number of major earthquakes for 1999 was above normal, and quake-related casualties were double the annual average, according to premilimary figures issued in early January by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).