Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

How a Turbulent Environment Sparked a Leap in Early Human Behavior

A new study suggests that a series of environmental changes in East Africa some 320,000 years ago challenged a previous long-standing way of life for proto-humans, and produced a more adaptable culture.

by |October 21, 2020

Break Codes, Solve Puzzles and Learn About Science in This Interactive Game

A new “escape room–like” game for kids and families offers a fun and puzzle-filled way to explore the discoveries taking place at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |October 19, 2020

Pod of the Planet Ep. 11: Lamont’s Open House Goes Virtual

In this episode Marie DeNoia Aronsohn talks with Maureen Raymo, the interim director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, on her vision for the institution.

by |October 18, 2020

Scientists Harness Satellites to Track Algae Growth on Greenland Ice Sheet

To measure algal blooms across large regions of the Greenland ice, and understand their effects on melting over time, scientists are turning to space.

by |October 15, 2020

Glaciologist Benjamin Keisling on Diversity, Inclusion, and Objectivity in the Geosciences

He’s working to make the geosciences an area where everyone can thrive.

by Ben Ramcharitar |October 14, 2020

Coronavirus is Not Helping to Slow Down Climate Change

The same level of emissions cuts reached during the pandemic would need to be repeated each year to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement by 2030.

by Marco Tedesco |October 8, 2020

Methods Used to Reconstruct Ancient Rain Forests May Need Revision, Says Study

One way in which scientists use carbon isotopes found in fossils to identify the sites of ancient rain forests may not work as expected.

by |October 5, 2020

Our Biggest, Best Event of the Year is Going Virtual

Lamont Open House at Home is four days of exciting and informative virtual earth science activities for children, families, educators, and science enthusiasts of all ages.

by |October 2, 2020

Greenland on Track to Lose Ice Faster Than in Any Century Over the Last 12,000 Years

If human societies don’t sharply curb emissions of greenhouse gases, Greenland’s rate of ice loss this century is likely to greatly outpace that of any century since shortly after the end of the last ice age, a new study concludes.

by |September 30, 2020