Climate Science Archives - State of the Planet

As Climate Warms, Plants May Demand More Water, Cutting Supplies for People

New study challenges many climate scientists’ expectations that plants will make much of the world wetter in the future.

by |November 4, 2019

Scientists Stand With Students at Climate March

Dozens of Earth Institute staff and students took part in New York City’s Climate Strike march.

by |September 20, 2019

Economists Are Downplaying Many Major Climate Risks, Says Report

Researchers warn that world leaders are being misled by economic assessments of future climate-change impacts.

by |September 20, 2019

Team Deciphers Sea-Level Rise From Last Time Earth’s CO2 Was as High as Today

In a coastal cave off Spain, scientists have found evidence showing that more than 3 million years ago, when temperatures were similar to those projected for the end of this century, sea levels were as much as 16 meters higher than they are now.

by |August 30, 2019

Longer Summer Stretches of Drought, Extreme Heat and Flooding Expected in a Warming World, Study Says

The changes could affect health, agriculture and ecosystems, the study suggests.

by |August 19, 2019

More Intense Non-Tropical Storms Causing Increased Rainfall in U.S. Southeast

In the Southeastern United States, the increasing amount of rain during hurricane season is coming not from hurricanes but from non-tropical storms created by weather fronts, new research finds.

by |August 7, 2019

The Climate Epochs That Weren’t

Climate scientists often invoke the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age as natural worldwide climate swings predating human influences. They may not have worked the way we think.

by |July 24, 2019

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

Study Bolsters Case That Climate Change Is Driving Many California Wildfires

A new study combs through the factors that can promote wildfires in California, and concludes that in many cases, warming climate is the decisive driver.

by |July 15, 2019

Accelerating Climate Solutions Through Novel Research

Between 2016 and 2018, the Center for Climate and Life awarded $2.1 million to 10 leading scientists who are bringing a fresh perspective to one of the most pressing issues of our times.

by |June 27, 2019