State of the Planet - News from the Earth Institute

edge of greenland ice sheet

Greenland on Track to Lose Ice Faster Than in Any Century Over the Last 12,000 Years

How a Turbulent Environment Sparked a Leap in Early Human Behavior

A new study suggests that a series of environmental changes in East Africa some 320,000 years ago challenged a previous long-standing way of life for proto-humans, and produced a more adaptable culture.

by |October 21, 2020
Researchers standing on a dirty glacier

How Might This Year’s Forest Fires Impact Glaciers in the West?

Glaciologist Mauri Pelto shares his first-hand observations and knowledge about how ash from the fires could impact this important resource.

by |October 21, 2020
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Last Chance to Apply to the 2021 Interdisciplinary Postdoc Program

The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Research program is the premier program in the world for those dedicated to advancing the understanding of critical scientific and social issues in sustainable development.

by |October 21, 2020
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Hindu Kush Himalaya Nations Vow to Protect Mountains in Recent Summit

Eight nations convened to promote sustainable actions in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, a powerful move amid political struggles.

by Abby Meola and Lily Roberts |October 20, 2020

Break Codes, Solve Puzzles and Learn About Science in This Interactive Game

A new “escape room–like” game for kids and families offers a fun and puzzle-filled way to explore the discoveries taking place at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |October 19, 2020