Climate Archives - State of the Planet

Ancient Volcanoes Once Boosted Ocean Carbon, But Humans Are Now Far Outpacing Them

A new study of the closest ancient analog to modern carbon emissions finds that massive volcanism was the main cause of high carbon at the time. But nature did not come close to matching what humans are doing today.

by |September 14, 2020

Deep Channels Linking Antarctic Glacier’s Underside to Ocean Could Hasten Melting

Newly discovered seabed channels beneath the Thwaites Glacier may be pathways for warm ocean water to melt the ice’s undersides and contribute to sea level rise.

by |September 9, 2020

Antarctic Ice Shelves Vulnerable to Sudden Meltwater-Driven Fracturing, Says Study

A new study says that many of the ice shelves ringing Antarctica could be vulnerable to quick destruction if rising temperatures drive melt water into the numerous fractures that currently penetrate their surfaces.

by |August 26, 2020

Greenland Ice Sheet Saw Record Loss in 2019

An international team of polar researchers says that the Greenland ice sheet experienced record loss in 2019.

by |August 20, 2020

A New Way to Calculate the Price of Carbon Pollution

How to set carbon prices that are consistent with goals of both climate experts and economists.

by Noah Kaufman |August 17, 2020

New Model for Pricing Carbon Will Help Meet Net-Zero Climate Change Goals

A new approach to carbon pricing avoids the pitfalls of calculating the social costs of carbon.

by |August 17, 2020

Treading on Shrinking Ice

In a new book, glaciologist Marco Tedesco takes the reader on a personal journey through his sometimes dangerous work.

by |August 11, 2020

Coming Soon? A Brief Guide to 21st-Century Megadisasters

A Q&A with Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, author of a new book on potential future calamities, and how they may play off one another.

by |July 14, 2020

Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

A new South American Drought Atlas reveals that unprecedented widespread, intense droughts and unusually wet periods have been on the rise since the mid-20th century.

by |July 7, 2020
An orangutan swings in a tree in a rainforest on Borneo

Coronavirus and Wildfires Combine to Pose Potential Threat to Indigenous Lives and Lands

But experts say it’s not too late to reduce the most serious effects of these compound issues.

by |June 22, 2020