Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

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How Can We Use the National Climate Assessment to Prepare for Climate Change?

While the Trump administration is doing its best to ignore recent findings, an upcoming report will focus on helping cities, states, and businesses develop mitigation and adaptation strategies.

by |December 14, 2018

Study Finds Sewage Bacteria Lurking in Hudson River Sediments

A new study shows that fecal bacteria from sewage can persist in far greater quantities in near-shore sediments than in the water of the Hudson River.

by |December 13, 2018
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Current Megadrought in the West Could Be One of the Worst in History

A 19-year drought in the American West is one of the most severe in the past 1200 years—and climate change is partially to blame, according to new research.

by |December 13, 2018
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Arsenic Contamination is Common in Punjabi Wells, Study Finds

But there’s a pretty simple solution that could protect a lot of people.

by |December 12, 2018
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How Climate Impacts Solar and Wind Power Supply

New research shows that long-term weather patterns could have a huge effect on the success of renewable energy

by |December 11, 2018
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Rainforest-Friendly Livelihoods Can Be More Lucrative Than Gold Mining

In the Peruvian Amazon, more sustainable occupations like fish farming and Brazil nut harvesting can pay off in more ways than one, according to a new study.

by |October 3, 2018
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Urbanization is Cutting Off Life Support to NYC’s Wetlands

New study reveals surprising facts behind a shrinking wetland, and suggests remedies.

by |September 24, 2018

North Korea’s 2017 Bomb Test Set Off Later Earthquakes, New Analysis Finds

Using newly refined analysis methods, scientists have discovered that a North Korean nuclear bomb test last fall set off aftershocks over a period of eight months on a previously unmapped earthquake fault nearby.

by |September 24, 2018
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End of Colombia Conflict May Bring New Threats to Ecosystems

The end of a 52-year internal conflict could spell trouble for the second most biodiverse country in the world. A new study outlines a sustainable path forward.

by |September 12, 2018

A Milestone for Forecasting Earthquake Hazards

In a new study, researchers report that their physics-based model of California earthquake hazards replicated estimates from the state’s leading statistical model.

by |August 22, 2018