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Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports - New York Times

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:00
The flight’s track indicated that it crashed about halfway between Crete and Egypt. “If that is correct, then it has landed on a feature we call the Mediterranean Ridge,” Lamont's Bill Ryan told the Times. When sonar is used to scan the area, “you get a complex play of echoes that was nicknamed cobblestone, showing the sea floor is very bumpy."

'Fundamentally Unstable’: Concerns About East Antarctica's Biggest Glacier - Washington Post

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:44
The Totten glacier ice region is bigger than California, and could raise seas by over 10 feet if it collapsed. The Washington Post talked with scientists, including Lamont's Robin Bell, about the risks.

A Secret Forest No One Noticed - Atlas Obscura

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:37
Cedar trees living on the steep cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment were centuries old, and no one knew until scientists took a closer look. The Tree Ring Lab at Lamont confirmed their find.

Is It The End of The World as We Know It? - Huffington Post

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 16:02
In this short video podcast, Huffington Post's Karah Preiss and Lamont professor Peter de Menocal discuss the historical epochs, the idea of the Anthropocene, and whether it’s possible to change course.

Even for the Fast-Melting Arctic, 2016 Is 'Uncharted Territory' - Washington Post

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:53
One of the best-established ideas about global warming is that it will hit the Arctic the hardest, creating a feedback loop as melting ice leaves more dark ocean to absorb more energy. It's part of a concept called “Arctic amplification." Already this year, the Arctic has exceeded 4 degrees Celsius above average. Chris Mooney discussed the changes with Lamont's Marco Tedesco.

Dumping Iron in the Pacific Ocean Won't Fix Our Climate - Gizmodo

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:51
Scientists have discovered a major problem with one popular geoengineering scheme that entails dumping iron into the ocean to fuel algae that can soak up carbon dioxide: Basically, the plan is not supported by the geologic record, at least not in the equatorial Pacific. The study was led by Lamont's Gisela Winckler and Robert Anderson.

New Mercury Maps Showcase Planet's Striking Features - Space.com

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:00
The first global digital-elevation model of Mercury reveals a striking landscape of basins and lava plains. Lamont Director Sean Solomon was principal investigator on the MESSENGER mission and discussed the data MESSENGER captured.

Slow-Motion Earthquakes May Also Lead to Tsunamis - Business Standard

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:26
Slow-motion earthquakes or "slow-slip events" can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes. A new study involving Lamont's Spahr Webb examines a slow-slip event off New Zealand.

Maureen Raymo Elected to National Academy of Sciences - National Academy of Sciences

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:21
Marine geologist and paleoceanographer Maureen Raymo was among 84 scientists elected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to engineers and scientists in the United States.

Inside West Virginia's Battle Over Teaching Climate Change - Climate Wire

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:00
In a coal state struggling with environmental regulations and a fiscal crisis, teaching climate science has hit a nerve. Climate Wire spoke with Lamont Special Research Scientist Kim Kastens.

No Way the Great Barrier Reef Was Bleached Naturally - Washington Post

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:20
Climate change dramatically upped the odds of severe coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Lamont's Adam Sobel discussed the findings with the Washington Post.

Video: Peter deMenocal on Why Climate Matters - Talks@Columbia

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:22
Climate change is one of the most complex and difficult challenges facing the world, and one of the most divisive. In this video, Lamont's Peter deMenocal discusses how climate is changing today and why.

Robotic Laboratories Fan Out to Study the Seas - Scientific American

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:15
"They look like R2-D2 in swim floaties, but they could revolutionize ocean science." Lamont's Kyle Frischkorn writes about the new wave of marine robots.

Killer Landslides: The Lasting Legacy of the Nepal Earthquake - Scientific American

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:33
A year after a devastating earthquake triggered killer avalanches and rock falls in Nepal, scientists are wiring up mountainsides to forecast hazards. Scientific American talks with Lamont's Colin Stark.

New York City Leads Investment in Climate Change Preparation - CCTV

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:00
CCTV talked with Lamont's Klaus Jacob about how New York City is bracing for the effects of climate change and whether it is doing enough.

What Is the Climate Innovation Gap? - PBS SciTech Now

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:00
Over the last decade, federal spending on research and development as a percentage of our country’s GDP has been declining. PBS SciTech Now talks with Lamont's Peter deMenocal.

Fate of World's Coasts Rests on Melting Ice - Scientific American

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:00
Lamont's Maureen Raymo talks about the value of determining the heights of prehistoric shorelines for projecting future sea level rise.

This Is How Surfers Are Helping Fund Climate Science - Climate Central

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:00
The World Surf League has created a unique partnership with climate scientists at Lamont that could help the sport, the ocean and spur a new research model.

The Mad Dash to Figure Out the Fate of Peatlands - Smithsonian Magazine

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:00
As the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mystery. Lamont's Jonathan Nichols takes the Smithsonian on a tour of the challenge.

Ice a Surprising Heat Source on Jupiter's Europa - Cosmos Magazine

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 16:44
Constant gravitational pressures on the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa generate much more heat than previously thought, which may force a rethink about the chemistry of the liquid water ocean below the surface, says Lamont's Christine McCarthy.

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