The island formed after an undersea volcano rising a mile above seafloor erupted ferociously amid the islands of Tonga in the South Pacific.
The North Atlantic right whale could go extinct in about 20 years if no action is taken to save them.
A new review of cheetah populations in southern Africa suggests there are far fewer of the animals than previously thought.
The Thomas Fire grew by 56,000 acres on Sunday and is now just 10 percent contained, down from 15 percent the day before.
Over 50 US mayors have signed a deal to combat climate change in a similar fashion to the Paris Climate agreement.
Heavy snow led to travel disruptions, traffic accidents and school closures – as well as snowman building, sledging and a flurry of pretty pictures
Mount Hope replaces Mount Jackson as the UK's tallest mountain as per the latest measurements by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
Newly discovered Antarctic microbes need only a few gasses to live. They literally eat the air around them.
In Kenya, the Local Ocean Trust has created a "hospital" that treats turtles that have swallowed plastic waste. Sea turtles often confuse plastic for food.
A National Geographic photographer captured a dying polar bear struggling to find food. He shared it on social media to bring attention to the effects of climate change.
The week's best photojournalism, from Rohingya refugee crisis and Jerusalem clashes, to skiing Santas and a nudist restaurant.
Scientists have recorded the Earth's hum, confirming the vibrational signal, which was first detected in 1998, is indeed real.
At least four major southern California wildfires have prompted the evacuation of about 200,000 people and destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings.
Video captures animal hero pulling over on busy highway to rescue animal trapped by blaze engulfing large parts of US state.
To reach the target of keeping the rise in global warming within two degrees, carbon emissions will have to be cumulatively cut by 15% more than what was first estimated.
As UN warns of "ocean armageddon" of plastic pollution, we take a look at how long it takes for commonly used items to rot
Firefighters are battling to contain at least four wildfires marching across southern California, whipped up by fierce Santa Ana winds.
As the UN oceans chief warns we are facing a 'planetary crisis', researchers are trying to replace synthetics with biodegradable fungi.
Thousands of people have been evacuated as the Thomas Fire threatens Santa Paula and Ventura, destroying homes and vehicles in its path.
Beach-goers on the Fylde coast are warned not to let their dogs eat a bright-yellow substance that has contaminated the land.