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Lamont Leads Student Research Along the Hudson River - Columbia Spectator

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 09:09
“The students are collecting data that is going to be shared with other students; this means that it has to be solid data. That puts an extra responsibility on them,” said Lamont Education Coordinator Margie Turrin. “So it's really mimicked what science is like — that it's done by a community of scientists.”

Yemen Sees Unprecedented Tropical Cyclone Double-Whammy - WX Shift

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 13:14
Yemen suffers back-to-back strikes as Cyclone Megh makes landfall just a week after Cyclone Chapala. Lamont's Suzana Camargo discusses potential El Nino connections to the extreme weather in the region.

One of the Driest Places on Earth, the Sahara, Once Ran with Water - USA Today

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 12:00
A mighty river once coursed through what is now the Sahara Desert, one of the driest places in the world, new satellite images suggest. Lamont's Peter deMenocal says it's evidence that an entire region that lacks rainfall today once supported a large river system.

Tree-Ring Data Chronicles Historic Climate Conditions - Archaeology Magazine

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:00
Tree ring chronologies from across Europe and the Mediterranean have been used to create a drought atlas of the Old World that reaches back more than 2,000 years. The atlas, led by Lamont's Ed Cook, is the third providing insights into the Northern Hemisphere, joining the North American Drought Atlas and Monsoon Asia Drought Atlas.

What Do Trees Tell Us about Climate Change? - Christian Science Monitor

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 12:00
The new Old World Drought Atlas uses tree-rings to map droughts and periods of extreme rain through 2,000 years of European history. The project, led by Lamont's Ed Cook and involving dendrochronologists across Europe, joins drought atlases for North America and Asia to create a view of the Northern Hemisphere.

A New Drought Atlas Tracks Europe's Extreme Weather Through History - Smithsonian Magazine

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:44
The Old World Drought Atlas, led by Lamont-Doherty's Ed Cook and based on thousands of tree ring samples, fills in details about past events and could help improve climate modeling for the future.

New Atlas Shows Europe's Catastrophic Droughts - Der Spiegel

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:00
A new atlas based on tree ring research and led by Lamont-Doherty's Ed Cook of the Tree Ring Lab documents the reach of Europe's historic droughts in detail.

Scientists Warned the President about Global Warming 50 Years Ago Today - Guardian

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 17:00
On Nov. 5, 1965, climate scientists summarized the risks associated with rising carbon pollution in a report for Lyndon Johnson. Lamont's Wally Broecker was among them.

What Is Attribution When It Comes to Climate Change? - Green TV

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:00
In this short video, Lamont's Jason Smerdon explains connections between climate change and extreme weather.

Antarctic Journal: Packing for the End of the World - Nature

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:19
Nature follows an expedition to study the fate of Antarctica's ice. The ROSETTA-Ice expedition includes the IcePod team led by Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell.

El Niño: Meet the Man Who Tries to Predict the Unpredictable - SciDev

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 15:00
In 1985, El Niño research pioneers Mark Cane and Steve Zebiak came up with the first computer model that successfully predicted the periodic Pacific Ocean warming event the following year. Thirty years later, models have improved, but El Niño remains elusive, says Lamont-Doherty's Cane.

Robin Bell: Science Is Like Running a Small Business, Where the Currency Is Ideas - Forecast Podcast

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 14:40
Science is like running a small business, where the currency is ideas, Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell tells Michael White, Nature’s editor for climate science.

Did Climate Change Jump-Start Human Evolution in East Africa? - New Scientist

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:05
“The drying is coincident with a lot of major events in human evolution,” Lamont's Peter deMenocal said. It coincides with the appearance in the fossil record of the first members of the Homo genus, along with Paranthropus. Australopithecus disappeared around the same time.

A Tale of Two Cities Meeting the Challenges of Sea Level Rise - Yale Environment 360

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:00
For centuries, Rotterdam and Hamburg have had to contend with the threat of storm surges and floods. Now, as sea levels rise, planners are looking at innovative ways to make these cities more resilient. Quotes Lamont-Doherty's Klaus Jacob.

How Are U.S. Cities Preparing for Next Superstorm Sandy? - Christian Science Monitor

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:00
“We have to fundamentally rethink what it means to be a coastal city, and it depends on the geography of each city what then the possible solutions are,” Lamont's Klaus Jacob told the Christian Science Monitor.

Scientists Detect Giant Yukon Avalanche - The Weather Network

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 12:00
Lamont scientists Colin Stark and Goram Ekstrom have detected a massive avalanche on one of Canada's highest mountains, a landslide that otherwise would have gone completely unnoticed in a remote part of northwestern Canada.

El Nino Could Push CO2 Permanently Above Milestone - Climate Central

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 11:12
El Nino could cause a boost in atmospheric CO2 levels, leaving them permanently above the 400 ppm mark, Climate Central writes. Quotes Lamont-Doherty's Jason Smerdon.

Safety Necessitates a Retreat From the Waterfront - New York Times

Wed, 10/28/2015 - 09:44
On the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Lamont-Doherty's Klaus Jacob writes about the risk coastal communities face from sea level rise and the need to develop fair and equitable procedures to relocate flood-threatened communities to higher elevations.

Superstorm Sandy Expert Says Adaptation Critical in Atlantic Canada - IBC Atlantic

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Adam Sobel, head of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, led a lecture series in Canada about the risks of extreme weather and the enormous impact severe weather events are having on communities.

Is New York Ready for Another Sandy? - The New Yorker

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 12:00
One clear consequence of Superstorm Sandy is that everyone, even climate-change deniers, takes planning for extreme weather events more seriously. The New Yorker talks with Lamont-Doherty's Klaus Jacob.