Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Archives - State of the Planet

A robin wearing a GPS tracker on its back

American Robins Now Migrate 12 Days Earlier Than in 1994

New GPS data show birds adjust to shifting snow conditions as climate warms

by |April 1, 2020
snowmobile drags radar across West Antarctic Ice Sheet

As COVID-19 Halts Climate Expeditions, Scientists Grapple with Uncertainties

In addition to its devastating impact on human life, the coronavirus pandemic is creating significant setbacks for climate research.

by |April 1, 2020
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Earth Institute Goes Live in Video Series for K12 Students and Educators

Through ‘EI Live,’ experts from across the Earth Institute will share their work through live lectures, interactive activities, and demos. The series launches April 6.

by |March 30, 2020

Ozone Treaty Stopped Jet-Stream Drift in Southern Hemisphere

Researchers long ago predicted that the 1987 Montreal Protocol, banning ozone-depleting gases, would reverse a worrisome trend in Southern Hemisphere winds. A new study shows they were right.

by |March 27, 2020
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Summer 2020 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by April 19, 2020.

by |March 23, 2020

Increasingly Mobile Sea Ice Means Arctic Neighbors May Pollute Each Others’ Waters

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to new research.

by |March 18, 2020

Shifts in Deep Geologic Structure May Have Magnified Great 2011 Japan Tsunami

A new study looks at why the 2011 Tohoku tsunami off Japan was unexpectedly huge.

by |March 16, 2020
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New Podcast Lets You Eavesdrop on Conversations Between Climate Scientists

‘Deep Convection’ is a podcast about climate, science, and life.

by Adam Sobel and Melanie Bieli |March 9, 2020

More Plastic Is On the Way: What It Means for Climate Change

Fossil fuel companies are ramping up production of virgin plastics, with huge potential consequences for climate and the environment.

by |February 20, 2020

The Promise and Potential of Turning CO2 to Stone

Now that the ‘Solid Carbon’ project has won a spot in the MacArthur foundation’s 100&Change competition, what’s next for carbon capture and storage?

by |February 19, 2020