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Forecast for East Africa: Dry, With a Chance of Pirates - On Earth

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:00
A new study from Lamont's Peter deMenocal and colleagues finds the Horn of Africa is drying and will continue to get drier. That's likely to drive poverty and piracy.

Horn of Africa Droughts Likely to Intensify, Sparking Security Fears - Climate Home

Wed, 10/14/2015 - 12:00
Evidence stretching back 40,000 years shows that global warming will increase drying in a region of East Africa where drought already causes humanitarian crises. Cites research by Lamont-Doherty's Peter deMenocal.

Winter Blooms in the Arabian Sea - NASA

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 12:00
Lamont's Joaquim Goes and Helga do Rosario Gomes have been studying blooms in the Arabian Sea, where a tiny organism and its tenants have made an unexpected appearance that could harm other marine life that the region depends on for food.

Hurricane-Like Antarctic Winds May Contribute to Sea Level Rise - Europa Press

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 12:00
Hurricane-force winds remove large amounts of snow in Antarctica, which might increase the estimates of how much the frozen continent contributes to sea level rise. Cites research by Lamont-Doherty's Indrani Das.

Horn of Africa Grows Hotter and Drier - Scientific American

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 12:00
The Horn of Africa is warming and drying faster now than in the past 2,000 years, says new research into ancient marine sediments found. The findings contradict global climate models, which show that the geopolitically unstable region getting wetter as emissions boost temperatures worldwide, says Lamont's Peter DeMenocal.

Nicolas Young: 2015 Blavatnik Awards for Post-Doctoral Scientists - New York Academy of Sciences

Tue, 10/13/2015 - 09:48
Lamont-Doherty's Nicolas Young was named a winner of the 2015 Blavatnik Regional Awards, given to post-doctoral scientists and affiliated with the New York Academy of Sciences. “These talented young scientists will continue to foster innovation and new discoveries for years to come,” said Len Blavatnik, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Severe Drought Threatens Millions of Ethiopians - RFI

Mon, 10/12/2015 - 12:00
Recent figures reveal that the number of Ethiopians in need of food has risen sharply because of the lack of rain, combined with the El Nino weather phenomenon. A new study involving Lamont-Doherty's Peter deMenocal suggests that the region is growing drier.

The Horn Of Africa Is Rapidly Drying Due to Climate Change - International Business Times

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 15:32
The already arid countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia are becoming even drier at an unusually fast pace, threatening to deepen drought, famine and instability, a new study by Lamont-Doherty's Peter DeMenocal and former post-doc Jessica Tierney finds.

Scientists Predict Drier Horn of Africa as Climate Warms - Reuters

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 14:56
The Horn of Africa is becoming drier in step with global warming, researchers said on Friday, contradicting some climate models predicting rainier weather patterns in politically challenged region. Cites research by Lamont's Peter DeMenocal and former post-doc Jessica Tierney.

Ocean Sediments Suggest Dry Future for Horn of Africa - Nature

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:00
The Horn of Africa is growing drier, threatening food security for millions of people — and this change is driven by global warming, according to an analysis from Lamont-Doherty's Peter deMenocal.

American Graduate Day: Glaciologist Robin Bell - WNET

Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell talks with WNET for American Graduate Day about her work on glaciers, the IcePod project and what inspired her to become a scientist.

The Tsunami that Engulfed an Island - BBC

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:47
About 73,000 years ago a volcano collapsed. Its force generated a wave that engulfed an island over 30 miles away. Cites research by Lamont-Doherty's Ricardo Ramalho and Gisela Winckler.

Ancient Mega Tsunami Hurled Boulders Nearly as High as the Eiffel Tower - Washington Post

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00
The evidence hinges on the nature of the boulders, which are composed of rock types that "exclusively crop out on the cliff faces and lower slopes of the plateau, implying a source at considerably lower elevations," the authors write. Richard Ramalho worked on the study at Lamont-Doherty.

Ancient Skyscraper-High Tsunami Prompts Worries about Current Risk - Scientific American

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00
"Most of these fairly young oceanic volcanoes—such as in the Azores and the Canary Islands and Hawaii—are incredibly high and steep, so the potential energy for a collapse to happen again is there,"said Richard Ramalho, who worked on the study at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

800-Foot Tsunami Once Heaved Truck-Sized Boulders Onto a High Plateau - PBS NOVA

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00
Geologists have concluded that 73,000 years ago, a tsunami six times taller than the wave that hit Japan in 2011 struck off the coast of West Africa, in the Cape Verde islands. Cites work by Gisela Winckler and Ricardo Ramalho.

Uptick in Huge Wildfires Tied to Warming - Discovery

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:00
Catastrophic wildfires in the West are burning land more violently and more frequently in recent years than at any point on record. Lamont-Doherty's Park Williams explains how this year’s big fires have corresponded with higher temperatures.

California Once Had a 2,000-Year-Long Dry Spell - Discovery

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:45
Lamont-Doherty scientists Linda Heusser and Jonathan Nichols used ancient pollen to look at Southern California's changing ecology through time and discovered a series of mega-droughts thousands of years ago.

NYC Subway System Prepares for Hurricane Joaquin - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:44
With Hurricane Joaquin headed northward in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal looked at how prepared the New York City subway system is to handle another major storm. The Journal spoke with Lamont-Doherty's Adam Sobel.

Volcano's Collapse Caused Mega-Tsunami 240 Metres High - Guardian

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:00
Scientists warn that a similar event to the collapse of a volcano on the Cape Verde island of Fogo 73,000 years ago could pose major threats to nearby islands. Cites research by Ricardo Ramalho.

Stone's Throw: Evidence of a Giant Tsunami - The New Yorker

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:00
Geologists tend to notice when big rocks are out of place, like the elephant-sized chunks of basalt and limestone that had formed at sea level and somehow ended up more than six hundred feet above, on a volcanic plateau on Santiago Island. Cites research by Ricardo Ramalho.