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Carbon Capture Faces Hurdles of Will, Not Technology - Climate Central

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:56
A price on carbon is needed before capture and storage of CO2 becomes a viable option, says Lamont's Peter Kelemen.

Long-Awaited Floating Pool Moves Into Filtration Testing Phase - DNA info

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:00
A floating pool scheduled to open in the East or Hudson Rivers in 2016 will use a filtration system that Lamont's Wade McGillis has helped to design.

MESSENGER Completes 3,000th Orbit of Mercury - Earth Sky

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00
MESSENGER has been getting closer to Mercury since March and is now closer to the planet than any spacecraft has been before. "Mercury has stubbornly held on to many of its secrets, but many will at last be revealed,” says Lamont director and MESSENGER principal investigator Sean Solomon.

Woman Narrowly Escapes Deadly Mudslide - Katie Couric Show

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00
Lamont's Deputy Director Arthur Lerner-Lam discusses the need for better communication of natural hazard risks.

April Will Be First Month With CO2 Levels Above 400 PPM - Climate Central

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00
“On some level, watching these milestones be passed is a lot like watching paint dry,” said Lamont's Jason Smerdon. “The upward march is neither surprising nor unexpected as a direct consequence of human activities; it is only alarming in the sense that it keeps happening unabated.”

Future Droughts Worse than Expected - Astrobiology

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:27
A new study is helping astrobiologists understand how climate change may shape the future of life on Earth. Coverage of a study in Climate Dynamics by Lamont's Benjamin Cook, Jason Smerdon and Richard Seager.

Floods: Holding Back the Tide - Nature News

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:13
With the Ganges–Brahmaputra delta sinking, the race is on to protect millions of people from future flooding. Work of Lamont's Michael Steckler cited.

Tree Rings Record History of Drought - Discover magazine

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:00
Using tree rings, Lamont's Neil Pederson and colleagues have created a record of droughts dating back hundreds to thousands of years.

Human Activity May Have Triggered Fatal Italian Earthquakes, Panel Says - Science

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00
Lamont-Doherty seismologist Geoff Abers comments on the possibility that a pair of deadly earthquakes in Italy in 2012 were triggered by petroleum extraction at a local oil field.

Goa and Climate Change - Times of India

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00
Cites research by Lamont-Doherty microbiologists Joaquim Goes and Helga do Rosario Gomes.

Wollaston Award Winner Maureen Raymo's Climate Symphony - Yale Forum

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00
Lamont climate scientist Maureen Raymo featured in a video interview.

A ’64 Quake Still Reverberates - New York Times

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00
“Plate tectonics was originally proposed as a kinematic theory — it was about displacements, movements and velocities,” said Lamont deputy director Arthur Lerner-Lam. “The great accomplishment was to link earthquakes to those movements.”

Droughts to Become More Severe, Frequent Over Nearly a Third of Earth: Study - Weather Channel

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:00
"For agriculture, the moisture balance in the soil is what really matters," said study co-author Jason Smerdon, a climate scientist with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. "If rain increases slightly but temperatures also increase, drought is a potential consequence," he told The Hindu.

Never a Dull Moment - The Antarctic Sun

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:00
"Nowadays, we have to go out of our way to encounter sea ice, but this year was amazing. We ran into ice throughout the study area. It forced us to be creative when we couldn’t go where we wanted to," said Hugh Ducklow External Non-U.S. government site, lead principal investigator (PI) for the Palmer LTER and a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory External Non-U.S. government site.

El Niño Tests Forecasters - Nature News

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00
The model that best predicted earlier El Nino events, developed by scientists at Lamont-Doherty, did not see the destructive 1997-1998 event coming.

Less rainfall not the only risk factor in widespread drought, study shows - CBS News

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:00
"We know from basic physics that warmer temperatures will help to dry things out," lead author Benjamin Cook said in a statement. "Even if precipitation changes in the future are uncertain, there are good reasons to be concerned about water resources."

Alternate Reality Game Eavesdrops on Climate Changed Future - National Geographic News

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:00
The year is 20XX: Dallas is covered in 30 inches of snow, San Francisco is experiencing mild tornadoes, and Greenland has become a tropical paradise. At least, this is what inhabitants of possible futures are saying in the new alternate reality game, Future Coast.

Digging Deep for Safer Water - Chemistry World

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00
Alexander van Geen, a geochemist at Columbia University in New York, US, has been focusing his efforts on testing wells that are already in use. In 2000, his team measured the levels of arsenic in 5000 wells in Bangladesh and, armed with the GPS location of each well, looked at the spatial variability. 'What was striking is that the distribution was very heterogeneous,' he says. 'We calculated that, over our area, 50% of the people had wells with water that they should not be drinking from. However, 90% of these same households lived within 100m of a safe well.'

New Zealand Dust May Have Cooled Earth During Ice Age - LiveScience

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:00
Researchers just returned from a month in backcountry New Zealand trying to determine whether dust from New Zealand may have contributed to the last ice age.

Possible Debris in Treacherous Waters - CNN

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:00
Lamont oceanographer Arnold Gordon lists the difficulties in finding the plane in this part of the Indian Ocean.