Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

Two Months in the Southern Ocean, for Science

Under the leadership of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientists, two different expeditions sailed to the stormy Southern Ocean to learn more about Earth’s climate history.

by |September 19, 2019
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Radley Horton: Finding Answers and Spreading Messages of Caution and Hope on Climate

Climatologist Radley Horton’s impactful research is matched by his commitment to communicating the under-appreciated threats associated with global warming.

by |September 19, 2019
A new statistical method inspired by economics is helping scientists identify old volcanic eruptions through temperature changes. Photo: Volcano in Papua New Guinea, by Taro Taylor/CC-BY-2.0

You Asked: What Caused Climate Change Before the Industrial Revolution?

A paleoclimatologist walks us through some of the natural causes of climate change — and why it’s important to take action on human-caused warming.

by |September 19, 2019
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Testing Fluoride Levels in Indian Wells

A team of researchers taught social science students to test for high fluoride levels in their own villages, and experimented with creative ways to get the word out about the dangers of fluorosis.

by |September 16, 2019
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A Mural for Lamont’s Hudson River Field Station: How it Came to Be

The newly renovated research facility will host an educational mural that combines art and science.

by |September 12, 2019

Event: Earth Institute Experts to Discuss How to Act on Climate

Join us at ‘Our Future Festival NYC’ on September 21. This groundbreaking climate event is designed to inform and inspire.

by |September 12, 2019
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100+ Climate Experts at the Earth Institute

Sources and story ideas for journalists during ‘Covering Climate Now,’ Climate Week, and beyond.

by |September 11, 2019

The Surprising Way a Volcanic Eruption Fueled a Bloom of Ocean Algae

A new study reveals a surprising way in which lava influences marine ecology.

by |September 6, 2019

As Temperatures Rise, More California Forests Will Burn

Park Williams and Richard Seager, climate experts at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, discuss why California wildfires are expected to expand and intensify with climate change.

by |September 4, 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