Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

Increasingly Mobile Sea Ice Means Arctic Neighbors May Pollute Each Others’ Waters

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to new research.

by |March 18, 2020

Even a Limited India-Pakistan Nuclear War Would Bring Global Famine, Says Study

Even a limited nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would cause unprecedented planet-wide food shortages lasting more than a decade.

by |March 16, 2020

Shifts in Deep Geologic Structure May Have Magnified Great 2011 Japan Tsunami

A new study looks at why the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan was unexpectedly huge.

by |March 16, 2020

Rain, More Than Wind, Led to Massive Toppling of Trees in Hurricane Maria, Says Study

The surprising finding suggests that future hurricanes stoked by warming climate may be even more destructive to forests than scientists have already projected.

by |March 9, 2020
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Wine Regions Could Shrink Dramatically With Climate Change Unless Growers Swap Varieties

Diversity is key to resilience, says new study.

by |January 27, 2020

Pioneer in Charting Modern Sea Level Rise to Receive 2020 Vetlesen Prize

A scientist who has played a key role in documenting modern sea level rise and its causes is to receive the 2020 Vetlesen Prize for achievement in the earth sciences.

by |January 21, 2020

Ozone-Depleting Substances Caused Half of Late 20th-Century Arctic Warming, Says Study

A study finds that ozone-depleting substances caused about a third of all global warming from 1955 to 2005, and half of Arctic warming and sea ice loss during that period.

by |January 20, 2020

Rising Temperatures Will Mean More Fatal Injuries in the U.S., Says Study

Thousands more people could die from injuries each year as rising temperatures in the United States affect people’s behavior, says a new study.

by |January 13, 2020
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Evolving Landscape Added Fuel to Gobi Desert’s High-Speed Winds

A new study uncovers a previously undocumented relationship between erosion and wind speed.

by |January 8, 2020
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Biodiverse Forests Better at Storing Carbon for Long Periods, Says Study

Supports policies that protect and regenerate natural forests instead of planting new ones.

by |January 3, 2020