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Climate and the Khan - Discover Magazine

Featured News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00
A fortuitous shift in weather patterns fueled the Mongol Empire's explosive growth 800 years ago. Today, a less favorable change is underway, as work by Lamont-Doherty researchers shows.

Breathe In: Putting Green Walls to the Test - Architect Magazine

Featured News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00
Working with researchers, doctors, and immunologists from several organizations, including Lamont-Doherty, the designers are studying the relationship between pathogens in the indoor environment and biodiversity to try to bring fresh outdoor air in.

To Grasp What We're Doing to the Planet, You Need to Understand this Gigantic Measurement - Washington Post

Featured News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00
Measuring ice loss in gigatons. Includes glacial earthquake research by Lamont-Doherty's Meredith Nettles.

Glacial Earthquakes Help Researchers Track Massive Ice Loss - Los Angeles Times

Featured News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientists tracking glacial earthquakes in Greenland have managed to crack open the mysterious dynamics of calving icebergs.

Icy Earthquakes Can Help Scientists Track Shrinking Glaciers - Christian Science Monitor

Featured News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Meredith Nettles offers a new explanation for Greenland’s glacial earthquakes, which have become increasingly frequent in recent years.

Finding Pluto

Geopoetry - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:00

This summer, a space probe that has been traveling for 9 years will finally reach Pluto. Image: JHUAPL/SwRI


Far away, a beloved dot

Arcs through cold and shrouded spaces,

Not lonely, as we had once thought,

But circled by more rocky faces:

Charon, Nix, and Hydra found,

Classified as “dwarf” or pseudo,

And though such bodies now abound,

None sparks wonder quite like Pluto.

On the hunt for Planet X,

Tombaugh found a ball of light,

Among a crowd of tiny specks;

Imaginations soon took flight.

Elusive is this outerworld;

Nine years ago we took a dare –

To deepest space, a scouter hurled

… and soon it will be there!



Further reading:

Pluto-bound probe faces its toughest challenge: finding Pluto, Witze (2015) Nature

NASA Mission: New Horizons to Pluto

This is one in a series of posts by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.


What's Inside the Earth? - PBS News Hour

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Christine McCarthy discusses some of the ways scientists study what is inside the Earth.

Giant Earthquakes are Shaking Greenland and Scientists Just Figured Out Why - The Washington Post

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00
The stunning science behind why Greenland is having so many earthquakes. Features research by Meredith Nettles.

Study Reveals What Happens During a 'Glacial Earthquake' - NPR

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Meredith Nettles explains how glacial earthquakes happen and how that knowledge could be used to monitor glacier changes in Greenland and Antarctica.

Climate Change and Geopolitical Pressures Threaten Antarctica - AAAS

Featured News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell and other scientists describe how rapid changes at Earth’s poles could impact every region of the globe.

Adam Sobel on the Madden-Julian Oscillation - Academic Minute

Featured News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:00
Features an audio interview with Lamont-Doherty scientist Adam Sobel.

Study: Green space around schools may boost mental abilities - Associated Press

Featured News - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 12:00
Discusses research by Wade McGillis.

Pope's warning on climate change stirs controversy -

Featured News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 12:00
"We are going into unprecedented territory," said Michela Biasutti, an associate research professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Biking and Breathing - The Brian Lehrer Show - WNYC

Featured News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:00
Interview with EI researcher Darby Jack and Lamont-Doherty geochemist Steve Chillrud on new air-quality research cosponsored by WNYC.

“Faux pause”

Geopoetry - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:30
 Maintenance workers on an ocean buoy, NOAA.

The global ocean buoy network has been expanding in recent years. Accounting for small, consistent offsets between temperatures measured by buoys and by ships reveals a greater global warming trend than previously calculated for the past 15 years. Image: Maintenance workers on an ocean buoy, NOAA.


New data support the conclusion

The “hiatus” was mostly illusion.

They say that the keys

Are the poles and the seas …

The next job: reduce the confusion.



Further reading:

Global warming “hiatus” never happened, study says, Wendel (2015) EOS

Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus, Karl et al. (2015) Science

This is one in a series of posts by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

The True Face of Mercury - BBC

Featured News - Thu, 06/11/2015 - 12:00
Almost 20 years ago, NASA researchers began developing the Messenger probe, which would photograph the entire surface of Mercury. Lamont-Doherty Director Sean Solomon discusses the mission he led.

How Does Oil Form? - NBC News

Featured News - Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Peter Kelemen breaks down the process of oil formation for NBC News.

California's Vanishing Clouds Could Intensify Drought - KQED

Featured News - Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:00
Fog and clouds play a vital role in keeping coastal temperatures down. But that benefit could be disappearing. Lamont-Doherty's Park Williams explains.

New Estimates of the Deep Carbon Cycle - Deep Carbon Observatory

Featured News - Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:00
In a new study, Lamont-Doherty's Peter Kelemen assesses how much carbon is taken up by the Earth’s crust during hydrothermal processes at or near mid-ocean ridges, and how much carbon is released into the atmosphere through volcanic degassing and diffuse venting.

Polar Scientists to Peer Beneath Largest Ice Shelf - Science Magazine (subscription)

Featured News - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 12:00
"It's the least known piece of ocean floor on our planet," says Robin Bell, a geophysicist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.



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