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Scientists Just Found a Surprising Factor Speeding Greenland's Melting - Washington Post

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 15:49
A new study from Lamont's Marco Tedesco shows that Greenland's ice sheet is “darkening,” or losing its ability to reflect both visible and invisible radiation, as it melts more and more, the research finds. That means it’s absorbing more of the sun’s energy — which then drives further melting.

Mideast Drought Worst in 900 Years - CNN

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:00
A new study led by Lamont's Ben Cook finds that the drought that began in 1998 in the Levant is probably the region's worst in 900 years.

Greenland's Ice Melt Accelerating as Surface Darkens - The Guardian

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:00
Greenland’s vast ice sheet is in the grip of a dramatic “feedback loop” where the surface has been getting darker and less reflective of the sun, helping accelerate the melting of ice and fuelling sea level rises, new research led by Lamont's Marco Tedesco has found.

The Worst Drought in 900 Years Helped Spark Syria's Civil War - Mashable

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 13:28
The drought that played a role in triggering the catastrophic Syrian Civil War was the worst such climate event in at least the past 900 years, according to a new study published this week and led by Lamont's Ben Cook. Mashable also talks with Richard Seager.

Uptick in Small Earthquakes Raises Questions in New York Area - Wall Street Journal

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 12:00
A cluster of low-magnitude earthquakes in the New York region has piqued the interest of residents, while some geologists predict the increase in temblors will continue and a large-scale one could be coming. Lamont's Won-Young Kim discusses the science.

Global Warming in New York - Le Figaro

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:00
Since the ravages of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the massive floods in the U.S. East Coast, New York has focused on creating a new ecosystem to contain the risks of sea level rise. Le Figaro talks with Lamont's Klaus Jacob and Adam Sobel. (In French)

Arctic Sea Ice Growth Could Be Lowest on Record Again - ThinkProgress

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 09:29
Arctic sea ice growth has been sluggish this winter. And that's a huge problem for the animals and communities that depend on it, says Lamont's Ray Sambrotto.

Preparing for the Inevitable Sea-Level Rise Caused by Climate Change - The Atlantic

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 17:47
Scientists are struggling to figure out the timeline for how climate change will affect vulnerable waterfront communities. The Atlantic talks with Lamont's Maureen Raymo about the challenges.

Snowpacks Relied on for Water are Declining - WAMC Academic Minute

Sun, 02/28/2016 - 12:00
Justin Mankin, a postdoctoral fellow at Lamont, describes how a changing climate may change the way cultures get their water in the spring and summer.

7 Years of Earthquakes in Japan in 52 Seconds - TimeOut

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:00
We know an earthquake involves movement, but what if you could capture these seismic tremors in sounds too? This thought experiment proved to be the catalyst for the Seismic Sound Lab, a project by Lamont geophysicist Ben Holtzman.

The Science Behind Ethiopia’s Hunger Crisis - Mother Jones

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 12:00
Ethiopia's last mega-droughts killed hundreds of thousands. Could the same thing happen again? Lamont's Park Williams and Richard Seager weigh in on why the drought is not a surprise.

An Airborne Look Through the Ice - The Antarctic Sun

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 13:00
Scientists are working to fill in one of the largest remaining blank spots on ocean charts: the sea floor beneath Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. Lamont-Doherty's Kirsty Tinto discusses the IcePod and how it's mapping that area.

Changing Faces on the Ice - Nature

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:00
Diverse faces are coming to work in the polar regions, Lamont's Robin Bell tells Nature.

Coral Reef Growth Is Declining. Is There Hope? - Christian Science Monitor

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 12:00
Scientists find more evidence that coral reefs are suffering from environmental changes. But, they say it's not too late. Lamont's Bärbel Hönisch discusses the possibilities.

Sea Level Rise Could Put NYC's Proposed Transit System Under Water - Vice News

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 09:31
Lamont geologist Klaus Jacob says that while the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector project solves desperate transportation needs, the problem is that it runs along current and future flood zones.

Can Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution Be Replicated in the US? - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 12:00
As governments around the world invest in new energy policies and climate strategies, none has gone as far as Germany. Could the model be replicated? Lamont adjunct research scientist Beate Liepert explores the possibilities.

How the Climate Challenge Could Derail a Brilliant Human Destiny - New York Times

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:00
A conversation on the importance of sustained engagement on a big challenge, whether intellectual, as in revealing spacetime ripples, or potentially existential, as in pursuing ways to move beyond energy choices that are reshaping Earth for hundreds of generations to come. Cites Lamont's review and research by a group that included Lamont Adjunct Senior Research Scientist Anders Levermann.

Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind - KQED

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:00
Animals and weeds are bounding up California's warming hills, while native plants are stuck in place. “There’s a legitimate concern that many plant species are simply not evolved to be able to shift their population distributions as fast as the current climate-change event will require,” said Lamont's Park Williams.

Iron Fertilization Might Not Make Oceans Better Carbon Sinks - Eos

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:00
New research from Lamont's Kassandra Costa suggests more iron during the last ice age did not mean more algae production in the equatorial Pacific, pointing to possible futility of a controversial geoengineering idea.

New Columbia Center Aims to Tap Business for Climate Studies - Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 13:51
With government funding for climate science stagnant, a new center at Columbia University is working to engage corporate donors to back research on environmental changes and how humans can adapt to them. "It’s a very new way of funding science," said Lamont's Peter deMenocal, director of the Center for Climate & Life.

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