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Dying Reefs Bigger Threat to Coasts Than Rising Seas, Study Says

If coral reefs continue to degrade, waves on coastlines may substantially increase, leading to greater coastal erosion.

by |March 1, 2018

The Columbia Glacier: Climate Change and Glacial Dynamics

One of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world shows us that once climate change triggers retreat, glacial mechanics can make melting a whole lot worse.

by |February 23, 2018

Glaciers, Ice Sheets, and More: A Primer on the Different Types of Polar Ice

Plus: Why they matter for climate change.

by |February 5, 2018
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Glacial Geoengineering: The Key to Slowing Sea Level Rise?

A new proposal suggests building underwater walls to protect glaciers from warm water. Here’s how it might work.

by |February 1, 2018
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Why Do Floods Sometimes Happen on Sunny Days?

Some towns and cities can get soaked even when the skies are dry—and these so-called sunny day floods are on the rise thanks to climate change.

by |November 29, 2017

Giant Boulders on Bahamas Coast Are Evidence of Ancient Storms and Sea Level, Says Study

A new study says that storms of intensities seen today, combined with a few meters increase in sea level, were enough to transport coastal boulders weighing hundreds of tons more than 100,000 year ago.

by |November 1, 2017

Ice Sheets May Melt Rapidly in Response to Distant Volcanoes

A study of ancient eruptions shows modern ice sheets could be vulnerable.

by |October 24, 2017

What the U.S. Military is Doing About Climate Change

The White House may deny that climate change is happening, but the Department of Defense has been taking action for years to avoid and adapt to climate-related disasters.

by |September 20, 2017

East Antarctic Ice Sheet Should Remain Stable Even if the West Melts

A new look inside the ice sheet validates predictions that it probably won’t melt as quickly as its neighbor—good news, since East Antarctica contains enough water to raise sea levels by 200 feet.

by |August 18, 2017

How Will Climate Change Impact Shelter?

In this video, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory researchers Robin Bell, Radley Horton, and Adam Sobel explain their research and how it can help improve adaptation practices and make our homes, livelihoods, and the systems we rely on more resilient to extreme weather and sea level rise.

by |August 14, 2017