Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

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Want to Be a Sustainability Expert? Don’t Quit Your Day Job!

A new degree program at Columbia offers technical training in sustainability science for working professionals as well as recent grads.

by |January 17, 2018
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What Do Cold Snaps Have to Do With Climate Change?

Climate scientist Deepti Singh tells the cold truth about the extreme winter weather of the past few weeks.

by |January 13, 2018

Why Thawing Permafrost Matters

As the Arctic warms, the unfreezing of permafrost poses a threat to the planet.

by |January 11, 2018

Rivers Predicted to Jump Banks More Often as World Warms

Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flooding risks across the globe by the 2040s, says a new study.

by |January 10, 2018
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Seismic Sensors Record Hurricane Intensity, Study Finds

New line of information could help predict the storms’ future strength under climate change.

by |January 8, 2018

Humidity May Prove Breaking Point for Some Areas as Temperatures Rise, Says Study

A new study projects that in coming decades the effects of high humidity in many areas may surpass humans’ ability to work or, in some cases, even survive.

by |December 22, 2017

In Antarctica, Enough is Never Enough

Almost out of nowhere we were given a surprise opportunity to fly one more survey line on our second-to-last day in Antarctica, and we jumped at it!

by |December 16, 2017
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What Caused the Great Famine?

Scientists are unraveling the driving forces of one of the worst environmental disasters in human history, in hopes of predicting and preparing for the next global drought.

by |December 15, 2017

How Can Changing Climate Affect a Civilization?

Billy D’Andrea is trying to understand Easter Island’s climate history over the last few thousand years and how communities dealt with past climate change.

by |December 14, 2017
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Tiny Losses of Ice at Antarctica’s Fringes May Hasten Declines in Interior

A new study shows that even minor deterioration of ice shelves can instantaneously hasten the decline of ice hundreds of miles landward.

by |December 11, 2017