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Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast - New York Times

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 16:20
Lamont scientists have come up with a way to store carbon dioxide that dissolves the gas with water and pumps the resulting mixture — soda water, essentially — down into certain kinds of rocks, where the CO2 reacts with the rock to form a mineral called calcite. By turning the gas into stone, scientists can lock it away permanently.

Weird Jet Stream Behavior Could Be Making Greenland's Melting Even Worse - Washington Post

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 16:00
Reanalyzing Greenland's last melt season, Lamont's Marco Tedesco found something odd and worrying. Greenland had shown much more unusual melting in its colder northern stretches than in the warmer south, and that this had occurred because of very strange behavior in the atmosphere above it.

Is Wacky Weather Helping Melt Greenland? - Science

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 15:24
A new analysis of the Greenland Ice Sheet led by Lamont's Marco Tedesco points to an underappreciated culprit that could accelerate the melting of the Greenland ice sheet: wind.

Iceland Carbon Capture Project Quickly Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Stone - Smithsonian Magazine

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 14:27
A pilot in Iceland project that sought to demonstrate that carbon dioxide emissions could be locked up by turning them into rock appears to be a success. Smithsonian Magazine talked with Lamont's Juerg Matter, who has been involved in the project, and Dave Goldberg.

Climate Change Could Force Huge Migrations Near the Equator - Washington Post

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:00
New research from Lamont's Adam Sobel and alumnus Solomon Hsiang suggests that even a moderate amount of warming could force populations in the tropics to undergo huge migrations — longer journeys than they would have to take if they lived anywhere else on the planet.

Study Links Greenland Melting with 'Arctic Amplification' - UPI

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:43
New research led by Lamont's Marco Tedesco links Greenland's 2015 record temperatures and melting with the phenomenon known as Arctic amplification.

Arctic's Melting Ice Creates Vicious Warming Circle - USA Today

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 05:58
As Arctic sea ice hit a record low, scientists led by Lamont's Marco Tedesco announced the first link between melting ice in Greenland and a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification, the faster warming of the Arctic compared to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.

The See-Through Sea - The Economist

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:00
The pioneering maps put together by Lamont's Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen in the 1950s and 1960s, which first identified the structure of the mid-Atlantic ridge, were mind-expandingly right in their synoptic vision. The Economist looks at the challenges then and now of mapping the sea floor.

Was There an Ice Age in the Southern Hemisphere? - New York Times

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:00
Lamont's Joerg Schaefer answers a reader's science question for the New York Times: Was there an ice age in the Southern Hemisphere?

Measuring Ice Behavior From Earth’s Glaciers to Saturn’s Frigid Moons - Science Explorer

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:00
A team of Lamont researchers led by Christine McCarthy has built a new apparatus in the Rock Mechanics Lab to gain insight into the behavior of ice on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

Seeing the Seafloor in High Definition: Modern Mapping Offers Increasing Clarity - Earth Magazine

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
Earth Magazine talks with Suzanne Carbotte and other scientists about advances in the mapping of the seafloor that are providing extraordinary detail.

'Dirty Blizzard' Carried Deepwater Horizon Contaminants to Seafloor - E&E

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
Scientists led by Lamont's Beizhan Yan have discovered the mechanism that transported contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Deepwater Horizon: Oil Fell on the Seabed Like Snow - Der Spiegel

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
Researchers led by Lamont's Beizhan Yan estimate that 10 to 15 percent of the oil released by the Deepwater Horizon disaster sank to the seabed in the Gulf of Mexico, where it covered hundreds of square miles. (In German)

New Tool Measures the Behavior of Ice on Moons - American Institute of Physics

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
A new study led by Lamont's Christine McCarthy offers a glimpse of what happens inside ice. The scientists developed a device to measure ice as it changes in response to external forces, both on Earth and on the moons of other planets.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather - Climate Connections

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 09:30
Was that extreme weather event caused by climate change? It’s a question scientists get asked a lot, and one that they’re increasingly able to answer, says Lamont's Adam Sobel.

Fascinated by the Forces that Contribute to Flow in Ice and Rock - People Behind the Science

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00
In this podcast, Lamont's Christine McCarthy talks about life and the science of flowing ice.

Investigators Conduct Deep Sea Search For EgyptAir Flight 804 - NPR

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00
The wreckage from EgyptAir Flight 804 is likely in the Mediterranean Sea somewhere between Crete and Egypt. Lamont's David Gallo discusses the challenges of the search.

Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports - New York Times

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:00
The flight’s track indicated that it crashed about halfway between Crete and Egypt. “If that is correct, then it has landed on a feature we call the Mediterranean Ridge,” Lamont's Bill Ryan told the Times. When sonar is used to scan the area, “you get a complex play of echoes that was nicknamed cobblestone, showing the sea floor is very bumpy."

'Fundamentally Unstable’: Concerns About East Antarctica's Biggest Glacier - Washington Post

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:44
The Totten glacier ice region is bigger than California, and could raise seas by over 10 feet if it collapsed. The Washington Post talked with scientists, including Lamont's Robin Bell, about the risks.

A Secret Forest No One Noticed - Atlas Obscura

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:37
Cedar trees living on the steep cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment were centuries old, and no one knew until scientists took a closer look. The Tree Ring Lab at Lamont confirmed their find.

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