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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.

Listen to Seismic Waves from Inside the Earth - The Creators Project

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:00
Lamont's Ben Holtzman and the Seismic Sound Lab turn data from seismometers into a visual and auditory experience.

Center for Climate & Life: Changing the Way We Do & Fund Science - Nature

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 15:23
Columbia's Center for Climate & Life is engaging corporate philanthropists to boost funding for research into the effects of projected environmental changes and how human systems can adapt.

Greenland's Glaciers & Climate Change - 60 Minutes

Sun, 01/31/2016 - 12:00
60 Minutes reports from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, then visits with Lamont-Doherty's Peter deMenocal at the Core Lab to discuss some of the most significant efforts to study climate change happening today.

European Summers Are at Their Warmest in Two Millennia - Climate Progress

Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:52
We may have underestimated how hot European summers are today, compared to the region's past, according to a new study. Lamont's Jason Smerdon explains.

Shaking in U.S. Northeast Caused by Sonic Boom, Not Quake - Reuters

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 17:10
Residents from New Jersey to Connecticut reported feeling earthquake-like shaking on Thursday afternoon. Lamont seismologist Won-Young Kim tells Reuters that instruments measured vibrations and low-frequency sound waves consistent with about eight sonic booms. .

Unlocking Antarctica's Secrets: The Ross Ice Shelf - Minnesota Public Radio

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 16:57
Underneath Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf is the least-known piece of ocean floor on our planet. We know almost nothing about it, but it's the size of France, Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell tells MPR. Bell's IcePod team has been mapping that ocean floor.

Geoengineering Would Not Work in All Oceans - Scientific American

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:00
Sediment cores show that in the past, higher iron concentrations in the equatorial Pacific did not enhance growth of carbon-storing algae, according to a new study from Lamont's Kassandra Costa.

Oil Seeps Bringing Up Nutrients for Phytoplankton - The Australian

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 17:25
A new study by Ajit Subramaniam and Andy Juhl looks into the discovery of large phytoplankton populations over oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

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