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Improving Tropical Cyclone Risk Assessment

Chia-Ying Lee, a scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, studies the structure and intensity evolution of tropical cyclones and how these are influenced by climate change.

by |January 18, 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
seismograph could record hurricane intensity

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
Photo of Paro Natung with a camera in the field

Inside the Lives of Anti-Poaching Staff at an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary

Earth Institute postdoc Nandini Velho writes about two wildlife workers who made a documentary about the Pakke Tiger Reserve and the people who protect it.

by |December 27, 2017

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
climate migrantion

Hotter Temperatures Will Accelerate Migration of Asylum-Seekers to Europe, Says Study

If carbon emissions hold steady, a new study in Science predicts that the European Union could face a massive influx by 2100.

by |December 21, 2017
drought great famine

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
antarctic ice shelves

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
A researcher investigates a channel in the Greenland ice

The Greenland Ice Sheet Is Sponging Up Meltwater

As climate warms, the surface of the Greenland ice sheet is melting, and all that meltwater ends up in seasonal rivers that flow to the sea. At least that is what scientists have assumed until now. A new study has shown that some of the meltwater is actually being soaked into porous subsurface ice and held there, at least temporarily.

by |December 8, 2017
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Studying Bioluminescent Blooms in the Arabian Sea

A plankton-like species is attacking the base of the food chain in the Arabian sea, disrupting water quality and killing fish. Researchers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are learning how to fight back.

by |December 4, 2017