Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

Aerial photo of forest destruction from illegal gold mining

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
maps of jamaica bay marshes

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
Map of Colombia’s mining operations

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

Short-Term Ocean Temperature Shifts Are Affecting West Antarctic Ice, Says Study

Scientists have known for some time that ice shelves off West Antarctica are melting as deep, warm ocean waters eat at their undersides, but a new study shows that temperatures, and resultant melting, can vary far more than previously thought, within a time scale of a few years.

by |August 13, 2018
Rice farmers in India

In India, Swapping Crops Could Save Water and Improve Nutrition

Replacing some rice with less thirsty crops could help to sustainably feed a rapidly growing population.

by |July 4, 2018

Researchers Develop an Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Birdsong in a Warming Arctic

A new algorithm quickly sifts through hours of field recordings to learn how climate change influences bird migration. The A.I. could help track other wildlife as well.

by |June 20, 2018
snowmobile drags radar across West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Shrinking Ice Sheet Made A Surprising Comeback

Thousands of years ago, the West Antarctic ice sheet shrank dramatically—then grew back in an unexpected way.

by |June 13, 2018

Days on Earth Are Getting Longer. You Can Thank the Moon, Not the Seasons.

For anyone who has ever wished there were more hours in the day, geoscientists have some good news: Days on Earth are getting longer. Very slowly.

by |June 4, 2018