Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

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
Hami basin landscape

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
teak plantation in india

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
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Undersea Volcanism May Help Explain Medieval Year of Darkness

Tropical fossils found in a Greenland ice core hint at volcanic eruptions that threw the world into darkness from 536 to 537 A.D.

by |December 17, 2019

In Ancient Scottish Tree Rings, a Cautionary Tale on Climate, Politics and Survival

Using old tree rings and archival documents, historians and climate scientists have detailed an extreme cold period in Scotland in the 1690s that caused immense suffering. It may have lessons for Brexit-era politics.

by |December 17, 2019
dinosaur footprints and sailing stone track

Sailing Stone Track Discovered ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ in Dinosaur Fossil

The “walking rock” track suggests that a massive volcanic winter may have frozen the tropics during the dawn of the dinosaur age.

by |December 9, 2019

Taro Takahashi, Who Uncovered Key Links Between Oceans and Climate

Taro Takahashi, a seagoing scientist who made key discoveries about carbon dioxide and the earth’s climate, has died. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he and his colleagues documented how the oceans both absorb and give off huge amounts of carbon dioxide, exchanging it with the atmosphere.

by |December 4, 2019
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Northern Peatlands Contain Twice as Much Carbon as Previously Thought

New findings double potential emissions from these areas, with big implications for climate modeling.

by |October 21, 2019