August 12, 2019, 10am PDT
Not urban land use, but in the literal sense: land used to produce food, graze livestock, supply drinking water, grow trees, and sequester carbon. As the climate warms and the population grows, crop yields will decrease and land will be degraded.
December 3, 2018, 5am PST
A 1977 NASA publication laid out a plan for the future of space settlements. The future of space looks very urban.
Greater Greater Washington
September 5, 2017, 1pm PDT
NASA Ames wants to add a lot of housing to a 45-acre site at Moffett Field in the Silicon Valley. The new housing would give NASA employees more housing options in an expensive and impacted market.
March 13, 2017, 10am PDT
Perhaps there never really was much difference between 'skepticism' and 'denial'. Scott Pruitt certainly proved that on Thursday when he answered CNBC's Joe Kernen's question if carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change.
March 24, 2016, 1pm PDT
Caught between the end of the space shuttle and the potential rise of private sector spaceflight, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center present a unique land use challenge.
February 6, 2016, 1pm PST
Good news for the United States is found in a recent series of maps by NASA. Air pollution has significantly improved around the country.
December 20, 2015, 9am PST
The message of a new study funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation: don't forget freshwater when considering the impacts of climate change. Lakes and other bodies of water are threatened by potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities.
NASA Global Climate Change
August 22, 2015, 11am PDT
Parts of the nation's food basket, the San Joaquin Valley in California, are sinking at two inches per month, not per year. Known as subsidence, it results from over-pumping of groundwater by farmers desperate to save their crops in the epic drought.
May 8, 2015, 6am PDT
You've got big ideas about how to make life better for lots of people. But are your ideas big enough for a home on Mars?
May 13, 2014, 5am PDT
For those who thought that glacial melting due to climate change mainly affected Greenland and mountain glaciers like in the Himalayas, think again. A new NASA/UC Irvine study reports that melting of West Antarctica's glaciers "appears unstoppable".
September 30, 2013, 7am PDT
The best models of the impacts of climate change have been devoted to understanding global, or even national, changes. But NASA has devoted significant computational resources to projecting future climate conditions at the neighborhood level.
June 21, 2013, 2pm PDT
The Mars Curiosity Rover has sent us some pretty cool stuff since landing on the red planet in August of 2012. The latest souvenir of its trip is a billion-pixel panorama of the planet's surface.
March 1, 2013, 6am PST
In the mountains surrounding L.A. stand some of the most advanced environment analyzing technology in the U.S. The result of this analysis could be "a groundbreaking development in the worldwide fight against global warming."
December 6, 2012, 2pm PST
This week, scientists unveiled unprecedented images of the Earth at night, as captured by a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite.
October 5, 2012, 2pm PDT
The Hubble Space Telescope has been busy for the past decade. After looking at the same spot in the sky for a total of 2 million seconds it has produced what NASA calls the "farthest-ever" portrait of the universe, reports Rebecca J. Rosen.
September 15, 2012, 7am PDT
Alex Goldmark reports on the new NASA-inspired space elevator design that is primed for testing and could make it possible for billionaires to step foot on the moon sooner than later.
August 7, 2012, 7am PDT
NASA scientist James Hansen, considered to be the 'godfather of global warming' has co-authored a new report that shows the connection between 'extreme weather events', such as the drought most of the U.S. is now experiencing, and climate change.
August 3, 2012, 11am PDT
Earlier this week we brought you stunning images of global urban growth as captured by Landsat, NASA's longest running satellite imagery program. These images capture the dramatic changes to some of America's natural landscapes.
July 29, 2012, 5am PDT
Animated GIFs provided by <em>The Atlantic Cities</em> show the dramatic growth of several global cities over the past four decades, as captured in photographs taken by NASA's Landsat satellite system.
March 15, 2012, 11am PDT
Tim Maly analyses a stunning high-resolution map of America’s forests for its lessons on the subtle choices that go into good visual information design for multiple audiences.