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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.

Before and After Images of Enormous Alaska Landslide - Earth & Sky

Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:00
The landslide on Alaska's Mount La Perouse, discovered by a team of Lamont scientists, is thought to be the largest known natural landslide on Earth since 2010.

Mercury Is Wrinkling Like A Raisin - Forbes

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 11:00
“This discrepancy between theory and observation, a major puzzle for four decades, has finally been resolved,” said Sean Solomon, principal investigator on the NASA mission and director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. “It is wonderfully affirming to see that our theoretical understanding is at last matched by geological evidence.”

Please Explain: Glaciers - WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 11:00
Lamont's Tim Creyts explains what glaciers are, how they move and sculpt the landscape, and how climate change is affecting glaciers around the world.

What Historical Kings and Marauders Can Teach Us about Climate - Grist

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:00
Research by Lamont-Doherty tree-ring scientists Neil Pederson and Brendan Buckley cited.

What If You Could Drive 100,000 Miles on One Tank of Gas? - ABC News

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:00
The invention of a car that gets 100,000 miles to the gallon would shrink global car emissions and help to slow the rate of global warming, says Lamont-Doherty climate scientist Peter deMenocal.

Ohio Earthquakes Rattle up Concerns about Fracking - Los Angeles Times

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00
Lamont-Doherty seismologists in 2011 linked a series of earthquakes near Youngstown, Ohio, to underground wastewater injection wells.

Ancient Tree Rings Suggest Good Weather Helped Genghis Khan Build His Empire - PBS News Hour

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00
New research suggests that Genghis Khan, one of the greatest conquerors in all of history, may have been given an advantage by Mother Nature, says a new study led by Lamont's Neil Pederson.

3 Dead, 69 Hurt, Others Missing in NYC Building Collapse - NBC News

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00
The explosion generated weak signals that were recorded at seismic stations in NYC monitored by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Three Dead, Others Missing After Two-Building Collapse in East Harlem - CBS New York

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00
The explosion generated weak seismic signals that were recorded at seismic stations in New York City monitored by Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

11 Quakes Recorded in Week - (Youngstown, OH) Tribune Chronicle

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:00
Lamont-Doherty seismologist Won-Young Kim discusses a string of recent earthquakes near an oil and gas drilling site in Lowellville, Ohio.

Oceans Show Evidence of Lead Poisoning - Fast Company

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:00
New maps released by the GEOTRACES program co-led by Lamont's Robert Anderson show that the lead now banned in gasoline is widely found in the oceans.