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Ben Orlove on the Anthropology of Climate Change and Glacier Retreat

Scientist Ben Orlove discusses why it’s important to bring an anthropological dimension to the science of climate change and glacial retreat.

by |July 10, 2019
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How Much Do Climate Fluctuations Matter for Global Crop Yields?

A new study finds that ENSO has caused widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, running counter to the long-held assumption that crop failures in geographically distant breadbasket regions are unrelated.

by |July 9, 2019

Part of the Pacific Ocean Is Not Warming as Expected. Why?

Climate models predict that as a result of human-induced climate change, the surface of the Pacific Ocean should be warming. But one key part is not.

by |June 24, 2019

Scientists Map Huge Undersea Fresh-Water Aquifer Off U.S. Northeast

In a new survey of the sub-seafloor off the U.S. Northeast coast, scientists have made a surprising discovery: a gigantic aquifer of relatively fresh water trapped in porous sediments lying below the salty ocean.

by |June 20, 2019
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Video: Glacier Research on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska

Research by Lamont’s Johnny Kingslake and Elizabeth Case advances understanding of ice sheet dynamics and how our world may change in the coming centuries.

by |June 12, 2019
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U.S. Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year Two

A new report documents 94 attempts by the Trump Administration to undermine climate protections in 2017 and 2018—and finds that the courts have largely constrained these rollbacks.

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Solved: How Tides Can Trigger Earthquakes

A new study reveals the inner workings of tidally triggered earthquakes, and finds that even the slightest stress can set off a tremor.

by |June 7, 2019

How Changes in Climate Impacted Ancient Civilizations

William D’Andrea studies past climates to see how societies such as the Vikings and the Rapanui of Easter Island dealt with environmental change. His work may help us adapt to a hotter future.

by |May 31, 2019

Climate Change is Destroying a Barrier That Protects the U.S. East Coast from Hurricanes

A new study finds that as air circulation patterns change with the climate, coastal states could get hit with stronger hurricanes.

by |May 24, 2019

Drilling the Seabed Below Earth’s Most Powerful Ocean Current

Starting this month, scientists aim to study the Antarctic Circumpolar Current’s past dynamics by drilling into the seabed in some of the planet’s remotest marine regions.

by |May 15, 2019