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Climate Change Is Fueling America’s Forest Fires - Huffington Post

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:00
The wildfires that raged through the Western United States this year claimed lives, destroyed hundreds of homes and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. A new study from Columbia University's Park Williams has found that climate change has been exacerbating wildfires in the Western United States for decades.

This Antarctic Glacier May Be One of the Biggest Threats to Sea Level - Washington Post

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:00
U.S. and British science agencies announced a multimillion-dollar research mission to study Antarctica's enormous Thwaites Glacier, which could hold the potential for major sea level rise this century. Getting “up close and personal” with the glacier will help researchers close critical data and knowledge gaps, said Lamont's Robin Bell.

The 11 Greatest Engineering Innovations of 2016 - Popular Science

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:00
Lamont's carbon capture and storage project in Iceland that proved we could turn CO2 from a power plant to a solid mineral in a short period of time was listed among the greatest engineering innovations of 2016. The project was led by Juerg Matter and Martin Stute.

Heather Savage to Receive AGU Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award - Eos

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:00
Lamont's Heather Savage will receive AGU's 2016 Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. The award is for promising young scientists in recognition of outstanding contributions achieved during their Ph.D. research.

The West Is Burning, and Climate Change Is Partly to Blame - FiveThirtyEight

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:00
In a new study, Lamont's Park Williams estimates that human-caused climate change was responsible for nearly doubling the forest area that burned in the Western U.S. between 1984 and 2015. If the last few decades had been simply dry, instead of some of the hottest and driest on record, perhaps 10.4 million fewer acres would have burned, he says.

Men Twice as Likely to Get Outstanding Letters of Recommendation - Huffington Post

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:00
A new study of letters of recommendation written for post-doctoral scientists found that professors were twice as likely to write glowing letters of recommendation, as opposed to letters reflecting a merely good candidate, for men compared to women. The study was led by Lamont's Kuheli Dutt.

Like a Rolling Stone: A Talk With Peter Kelemen - Columbia Daily Spectator

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:00
The Columbia Spectator talks with Lamont geologist Peter Kelemen about his career, climate change, and climbing.

Trek to a Giant Mongolian Glacier That Holds Secrets to Global Warming - Pacific Standard

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:00
Deep in the Altai mountains, scientists are using drones and chemistry to study glacier-formed ridges that could help unlock the mysteries of abrupt climate change. Lamont's Adjunct Associate Research Professor Aaron Putnam and Lamont Research Professor Joerg Schaefer describe their work to Pacific Standard.

Greenland Is Melting - The New Yorker

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 07:05
The shrinking of Greenland’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. Elizabeth Kolbert cites research by Lamont's Marco Tedesco.

Rockland County Placed Under 'Severe Drought' - Journal News

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 12:00
The U.S. Drought Monitor has placed Rockland County under a "severe drought." Rockland’s water sources are also stressed by an ever increasing population and lack of available space for new places to store water, making the county more vulnerable to short periods of decreased rainfall, said Lamont's Nicholas Christie-Blick.

23-Million-Year-Old Leaves Helped Solve an Antarctic Climate Mystery - Motherboard

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 08:54
Using ancient leaves, Lamont's Tammo Reichgelt and Billy D'Andrea have found evidence of a CO2 spike at the time 23 million years ago when Antarctica's ice sheet began to melt.

Lamont's Robin Bell Elected AGU President-Elect - AGU

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 18:03
The American Geophysical Union's 2016 election results are in. Among the incoming AGU leaders are Lamont's Robin Bell (president-elect), Kerstin Lehnert (director), and Robert F. Anderson (ocean sciences president-elect).

Forest Fire Area Has Doubled in West Due to Climate Change, Study Finds - Mercury News

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:00
Climate change from human activity nearly doubled the area that burned in forest fires in the American West over the past 30 years, a major new scientific study by Lamont's Park Williams has found. Larger, more intense fires are all but guaranteed in the years ahead.

Climate Change Blamed for Half of Increased Forest Fire Danger - New York Times

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 12:00
A study by Lamont's Park Williams found that anthropogenic climate change was responsible for just over half of the total observed increase in fuel dryness since 1979. In turn, this influence has added more than 16,000 square miles of forest fire area to the western United States since 1984, nearly doubling the area scientists might have expected without the influence of similar climate change.

Predicting Storm Intensity Remains a Big Challenge - Scientific American

Sat, 10/08/2016 - 12:00
“Rapid intensification of large hurricanes is something that the forecasters have a lot of trouble with. The models don’t predict it very well," said Lamont's Adam Sobel. "Before reaching Haiti, it [Hurricane Matthew] went from tropical storm to category 5 in just a little more than a day. It may be the biggest rapid intensification of an Atlantic storm on record.”

The Subtleties of Hurricanes and Climate Change - Forbes

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 12:00
Forbes talks with Lamont's Suzana Camargo about Hurricane Matthew and what we know today about the connections between climate change and extreme weather.

Damning with Faint Praise - Inside Higher Ed

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 06:00
A new study led by Lamont's Kuheli Dutt suggests that the language that recommendation writers use to describe women may disadvantage them as job candidates, portraying them as less dynamic and excellent candidates than male counterparts.

Seismic Wave Videos Combine Sight and Sound - Eos

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 13:39
Ben Holtzman and his colleagues involved in Lamont's Seismic Sound Lab are converting seismic data into sounds and animations, providing scientists with a new way to view what happens to Earth during earthquakes.

Recommendation Letters Reflect Gender Bias - Science

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:35
Female geoscientists applying for selective fellowships were less likely than their male counterparts to be described in glowing leadership-oriented terms such as “brilliant” or “trailblazer,” according to a new study from Lamont's Kuheli Dutt.

Women Postdocs Less Likely than Men to Get Glowing References - Nature

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:32
Women and men applying for geoscience postdocs receive very different letters of support from their mentors, a new study from Lamont's Kuheli Dutt shows.