Climate

Snowy day in Antarctica.

Wind, Snow and Ice: Summer in Antarctica

The theme of the past week has been the weather. Weather is of course always happening, but in the lingo of McMurdo Station, ‘weather’ means ‘bad weather.’

by |November 21, 2017
Antarctic Ice showing crevassing along the edges of flow. photo J. Spergle

Let’s Talk About Crevasses—Deep Fractures in Antarctica’s Ice

The word “crevasse” sends shivers down the spine of anyone who works on a glacier. Sometimes hundreds of feet deep and hidden beneath a thin layer of snow, these cracks have claimed the lives of many polar explorers and scientists. They also appear quite frequently in our sensors as we fly our survey flights for Rosetta-Ice.

by |November 16, 2017
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How Will La Niña Affect Winter in the U.S.?

This phenomenon can cause major changes in climate patterns. See what’s in store for your region.

by |November 15, 2017
In the Peruvian Amazon, a researcher studies a fire set by farmers in order to clear land. (Kevin Krajick/Earth Institute)

Where Is All That Carbon Dioxide Going?

Concurrent with the announcement that human carbon emissions reached a new peak this year, Galen McKinley, a researcher at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discusses the difficulties of tracking the sources and destinations of carbon dioxide.

by |November 13, 2017
A nuclear power plant concept based on a new reactor design

Could New Nuclear Reactors Power America’s Low-Carbon Future?

A documentary featuring Earth Institute scientists suggests next-generation reactors could be a safe and clean way to replace fossil fuels.

by |November 9, 2017
Flying past the Trans-Antarctic Mountains that line the East side of the Ross Shelf. Photo credit: Susan Howard

Flying is Easy, Just Think Happy Thoughts…

For scientists mapping Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, data collection flights require a demanding schedule: The day starts at 4am and sometimes continues throughout the night.

by |November 7, 2017
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Scott Pruitt’s Attack on Scientists Serving on EPA Advisory Boards is Illegal

Pruitt’s policy runs counter to existing conflict-of-interests law, and is on its face arbitrary and capricious.

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National Climate Report: Q&A With Authors

Every four years Congress is provided with a state-of-the-art report on the impacts of climate change on the United States. The next National Climate Assessment is scheduled for 2018, but its scientific findings are scheduled to be published today. Here, two of its authors explain what to expect.

by |November 3, 2017
An official 'proof'! My photo by the McMurdo sign is proof that we have really made it here after a lot of anticipation!!

Settling in at McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Even though our tent is within a short drive of McMurdo (a small town with most of the safety and logistical equipment on the entire continent), we still need to prepare ourselves for sudden, extreme weather. Every time we leave the relative safety of McMurdo, we carry our Extreme Cold Weather equipment and our tent has emergency food and sleeping equipment.

by |November 2, 2017
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By 2100, Climate Change Could Alter Key Microbial Interactions in the Ocean

The warmer, more acidic waters caused by climate change influence the behavior of tiny marine organisms essential to ocean health.

by |October 31, 2017