Press Releases

Given annually, AGI's Intel ISEF Special Awards recognize three projects that best reflect the study of Earth and the mission of AGI, which aims to increase public awareness of the vital role of the geosciences to humanity and society.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 16:08
In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear that a shift to a hotter, drier climate in Eastern Europe could increase the frequency of these fires.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 13:16
The Spring 2015 issue of Geospectrum has been published by the American Geosciences Institute. Geospectrum provides an inside look of the latest news from geoscience community. Download the complete spring issue of Geospectrum for free at:
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 13:33
The evolutionary age of grass has been hotly contested.Scientists have previously dated the earliest grasses to 55 million years ago; after the dinosaurs went extinct. Now, a new 100-million-year-old specimen of amber from Myanmar potentially pushes back grass evolution to the Late Cretaceous.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 13:06
Each day during Earth Science Week 2015 (October 11-17), science teachers, students, and the public are invited to focus on a different area of Earth science. Go online today to view a new webcast about "Focus Days" of this year's celebration.
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 11:30
With hundreds of seismic, infrasound, hydroacoustic and radionuclide-detecting stations operating continuously around the world, CTBTO scientists - and, increasingly, researchers outside the organization - are realizing the potential of all the data collected. CTBTO data have been used to understand major natural events such as the 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor and the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and eventual nuclear disaster. And in the future, it may contribute to improved volcano monitoring and understanding of atmospheric processes.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 14:10
In celebration of Earth Science Week 2015, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme, "Visualizing Earth Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest, and an essay contest.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:09
Free, interdisciplinary, educational materials and videos are now available to foster a more energy literate nation. The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education project, available on the Department of Energy website, identifies what makes an energy literate citizen, and highlights seven principles to help guide exploration into energy related learning. This is an effort between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Energy, National Center for Science Education and the American Geosciences Institute.
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 18:59
The Critical Issues Research Database seeks to connect end-users to the wealth of information available on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society such as the occurrence of natural resources, hazard mitigation and pollution risks.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 03:39
he massive 2011 Las Conchas Fire near Los Alamos, N.M., defied conventional fire science wisdom by racing downhill instead of uphill, and increasing intensity overnight. Now, EARTH Magazine brings you recent scientific analysis of the fire from a research team at Los Alamos National Lab.
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 03:51