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Faint Glow, Clear Signal from Plants

As scientists detect plant fluorescence in better detail, they inch closer to helping farmers respond to extreme weather and close in on understanding how carbon cycles through ecosystems. Read More...

Of Mosquitoes and Models: Tracking Disease by Satellite

A few decades ago, the idea of predicting a disease outbreak via satellite was science fiction. But today, researchers can use environmental data to predict when and where some diseases are likely to spread. Read More...

Another Lively Season of Night-Shining Clouds

Extremely cold and wet conditions in the mesosphere have led to abundant noctilucent clouds. Read More...

Fueled by the Nile

Irrigation from Lake Nasser, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, has increased the amount of arable land and crop production in Egypt. Read More...

Nishinoshima Belches Ash and Lava

A young volcanic island in the western Pacific Ocean has been going through some growing pains. Read More...

June Puzzler

Every month on Earth Matters, we offer a puzzling satellite image. Your challenge is to tell us what we are looking at, where it is, and why it is interesting.Read More...

Cuba’s Gulf of Guacanayabo

Sediments flowing into the bay from the Río Cauto have built up an impressive delta and even helped bury a reef. Read More...

Shifting Seasons on the Steppe

Linear features in the Kulunda region of southwestern Russia look as if a large claw has scraped the land surface. Read More...

Pacific Northwest Bathed in Green and White

The Olympic Peninsula, Cascade Mountains, and Salish Sea caught the eye of an astronaut on the space station. Read More...

Landslide Blocks Rio Colca

In Peru, a landslide damaged farmland and stopped the flow of an important local river. Read More...

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