Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

Geologists Identify Deep-Earth Structures That May Signal Hidden Metal Lodes

Previously unrecognized structural lines deep in the earth appear to signal the locations of giant deposits of copper, lead, zinc and other vital metals near the surface.

by |June 30, 2020
beach and ocean waves

Ocean Uptake of CO2 Could Drop as We Cut Carbon Emissions

A new study finds that ocean absorption of CO2 rises and falls along with human activity and natural phenomena. The findings are important for understanding how much the oceans will offset future climate change.

by |June 3, 2020
Dale Willman, who will lead the new Earth Institute Resilience Media Project, here runs a discussion of resilience journalism

Earth Institute Announces Resilience Media Project

The project will boost newsroom capacity to go beyond reporting on disasters after they strike, to envision preventative and adaptive solutions.

by |May 11, 2020

Potentially Fatal Combinations of Humidity and Heat Are Emerging Across the Globe

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North America, including in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

by |May 8, 2020
Workers install a monitoring well

Clay Layers and Distant Pumping Trigger Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh Groundwater

Widely considered a screen against contamination, clay layers may actually enhance arsenic leakage into some aquifers, study finds.

by |May 7, 2020

Shrinking Snowcaps Fuel Harmful Algal Blooms in Arabian Sea

Driven by changing climate, a uniquely resilient organism is taking over the Arabian Sea, disrupting food chains, fisheries, oil refineries and water desalination plants.

by |May 4, 2020

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study

Scientists say a long-feared megadrought, worse than anything in recorded history, seems to be starting up in southwestern North America.

by |April 16, 2020
edge of greenland ice sheet

Unusually Clear Skies Drove Record Loss of Greenland Ice in 2019

Study identifies unprecedented atmospheric conditions behind devastating summer; suggests climate models may greatly underestimate future melting.

by |April 15, 2020

American Robins Now Migrate 12 Days Earlier Than in 1994

New GPS data show birds adjust to shifting snow conditions as climate warms

by |April 1, 2020

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