Latest Runaway greenhouse effect Stories
When a planet absorbs too much solar radiation, its atmosphere reaches a tipping point - overheating, boiling its oceans and filling with steam. This 'runaway greenhouse' effect results is an uninhabitable world much like Venus.
More than 251 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, Earth almost became a lifeless planet.
Water vapor and clouds are the major contributors to Earth's greenhouse effect, but a new atmosphere-ocean climate modeling study shows that the planet's temperature ultimately depends on the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide.
It was the greatest mass murder of all time - poison everywhere, billions slain - but the killers have never been positively identified.
Earth sits between two worlds that have been devastated by climate catastrophes. In the effort to combat global warming, our neighbours can provide valuable insights into the way climate catastrophes affect planets.
- Growing in low tufty patches.