Climate Science 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

Con Ed Study Details Projected Climate Impacts on Energy Systems

Report finds extreme heat, coastal storm surge, inland flooding and more violent storms will significantly impact the energy systems of the New York City area in the 21st century.

by |December 20, 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

Newly Identified Jet-Stream Pattern Could Imperil Global Food Supplies, Says Study

Scientists have identified systematic meanders in the northern jet stream that cause simultaneous crop-damaging heat waves in widely separated regions—a previously unknown threat to global food production that could worsen with warming.

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

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