Africa Archives - State of the Planet

How a Turbulent Environment Sparked a Leap in Early Human Behavior

A new study suggests that a series of environmental changes in East Africa some 320,000 years ago challenged a previous long-standing way of life for proto-humans, and produced a more adaptable culture.

by |October 21, 2020

Methods Used to Reconstruct Ancient Rain Forests May Need Revision, Says Study

One way in which scientists use carbon isotopes found in fossils to identify the sites of ancient rain forests may not work as expected.

by |October 5, 2020

Project Will Delve Into How Climate and Tectonics Shaped Human Ancestors Over 25 Million Years

A new project will investigate the relationships between tectonics, climate and the evolution of humans’ primate ancestors in Kenya’s Turkana Basin.

by |September 25, 2020
Various grains for sale in Arusha market, Tanzania

Re-Imagining Africa’s Food Future at the Intersection of Agriculture and Conservation

In order to sustainably feed a growing population, Africa must shift to an agricultural system that recognizes the value of both people and nature.

by Alice Ruhweza, Jeff Worden, and Brighton Kaoma |September 10, 2020
elephants in a field crossing a road

Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery Should Harness the Benefits of Nature and Conservation

As the theme for the International Day of Biodiversity states, “Our solutions are in nature.”

by Brighton Kaoma, Alice Ruhweza, and Jeff Worden |May 22, 2020

Kevin Uno: Examining How Early Humans Responded to Climate Change

Kevin Uno, a Center for Climate and Life Fellow, studies how abrupt changes in climate affected Neolithic human settlement, diet, and abandonment in northwest Africa.

by |April 9, 2020

Upcoming Scientific Fieldwork: 2020 and Beyond

Earth Institute researchers are in the field studying the dynamics of the planet on every continent and every ocean. Here is a list of projects.

by |February 4, 2020

How Did Africa’s Grasslands Get Started?

Millions of years ago, vegetation across much of the world underwent a transformation as grasses with a new way of doing photosynthesis displaced previously dominant plants, shrubs and trees. A new study examines what got these plants started, and why they spread so far and wide.

by |July 22, 2019

Center for Climate and Life Announces 2019 Fellows

The three new Fellows, all scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will pursue high-risk, high-reward research that furthers understanding of how climate change impacts human sustainability.

by |June 6, 2019
Jacqueline Klopp in Nairobi

Jacqueline Klopp Helps Public Transit to Grow Sustainably

She’s finding new ways collect and share data in rapidly growing cities — and the results will help to build a healthier future for the entire planet.

by |May 16, 2019