Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

COVID-19 Highlights the Need to Plan for Joint Disasters

Summertime brings hurricane season, heat waves, wildfires, and flooding. Is the U.S. prepared to deal with extreme weather at the same time as a pandemic?

by |May 22, 2020

The 12 Questions Earth Scientists Should Ask in the Next 10 Years

A committee has outlined what the U.S. National Science Foundation should focus on over the next decade.

by |May 22, 2020
Xiaomeng Jin

Xiaomeng Jin Uses Satellite Imagery to Track Ozone Formation

Her research as a Ph.D. student at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has yielded important information for air quality control efforts.

by |May 22, 2020
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EI LIVE K12: RSVP for Our June Sessions

Students will make their own glacier goo, take a virtual drone flight over the ocean, and much more in these live sessions taught by Earth Institute experts.

by |May 15, 2020

Potentially Fatal Combinations of Humidity and Heat Are Emerging Across the Globe

A new study has identified thousands of incidents of previously rare or unprecedented extreme heat/humidity combinations in parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and North America, including in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

by |May 8, 2020
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Clay Layers and Distant Pumping Trigger Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh Groundwater

Widely considered a screen against contamination, clay layers may actually enhance arsenic leakage into some aquifers, study finds.

by |May 7, 2020

Shrinking Snowcaps Fuel Harmful Algal Blooms in Arabian Sea

Driven by changing climate, a uniquely resilient organism is taking over the Arabian Sea, disrupting food chains, fisheries, oil refineries and water desalination plants.

by |May 4, 2020

How Catastrophic Floods May Have Carved Greenland’s ‘Grand Canyon’

In a new study, researchers propose a mechanism for how mega-canyons under northern Greenland’s ice sheet formed: from a series of catastrophic outburst floods that suddenly and repeatedly drained lakes of meltwater.

by |April 30, 2020
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EI LIVE K12: RSVP for Our Upcoming May Sessions

Learn how to design your own microbe, decode Python script, and much more in these live sessions taught by Earth Institute experts.

by |April 28, 2020
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Project Takes A New Approach to Gauging New York City’s Emissions

Estimates say the city releases about 50 million tons of carbon a year, but no one has actually measured it. A new project is trying to change that.

by Elise Gout |April 28, 2020