Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

An Icy Irony in Greenland

We awoke to messages that a towering iceberg is threatening the local waterfront settlement of Innaarsuit. There is perhaps a bit of irony in the fact that a massive looming block of ice is a potential threat to the start of our field season.

by |July 13, 2018

Our Democracy Needs Science Now More Than Ever

In a world filled with fake news and “alternative facts,” science is an integral part of an effective democracy that is based on truth and reality.

by |July 13, 2018

Exploring Greenland With Wings, Boats and Drones

Snow on Ice is launching into the field with two teams of scientists this summer. The first group, an ‘advance team’ of six women, will focus on lakes where meltwater has collected on the southwestern flank of Greenland bedrock.

by |July 12, 2018

Sea Level Rise and Coastal Development: Science Speaks Directly to Business

Business leaders and climate scientists recently met to discuss how advances in climate science research can be used to reduce investment risk and improve returns.

by |July 9, 2018

$2 Million Donation Will Support Climate Change Research and Adaptation

The gift will be used to fast-track innovative high-risk, high-reward projects aimed at delivering science-based solutions to address the challenges of climate change.

by |July 2, 2018

Study Signals Change in How Scientists Calculate Ancient Diets

Scientists have long determined what extinct animals ate by analyzing carbon isotopes locked inside their fossil teeth. But a new study shows that in many cases, they may be plugging the wrong numbers into their equations. The findings may change some views of how mammals, including us, evolved.

by |June 27, 2018

What You Should Know About Air Quality Alerts

“It’s a code red day for ozone.” If you hear this on your local news, what does it mean? Are you at risk? Do you know what to do?

by |June 26, 2018
nyc water sea level rise

A World Warmer By Just 2°C Will Be Very Different From Today

Past warm periods indicate that even the Paris Agreement’s limits on global warming could have catastrophic consequences over the long-term.

by |June 25, 2018

Researchers Develop an Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Birdsong in a Warming Arctic

A new algorithm quickly sifts through hours of field recordings to learn how climate change influences bird migration. The A.I. could help track other wildlife as well.

by |June 20, 2018
astronaut with earth behind

Congratulations! You’ve Been Chosen To Colonize A New World.

Posing as an interplanetary flight attendant in an upcoming show, researcher Christine McCarthy will lead a geological journey through the solar system.

by |June 14, 2018