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Can Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution Be Replicated in the US? - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
As governments around the world invest in new energy policies and climate strategies, none has gone as far as Germany. Could the model be replicated? Lamont adjunct research scientist Beate Liepert explores the possibilities.
A conversation on the importance of sustained engagement on a big challenge, whether intellectual, as in revealing spacetime ripples, or potentially existential, as in pursuing ways to move beyond energy choices that are reshaping Earth for hundreds of generations to come. Cites Lamont's review and research by a group that included Lamont Adjunct Senior Research Scientist Anders Levermann.
Animals and weeds are bounding up California's warming hills, while native plants are stuck in place. “There’s a legitimate concern that many plant species are simply not evolved to be able to shift their population distributions as fast as the current climate-change event will require,” said Lamont's Park Williams.
New research from Lamont's Kassandra Costa suggests more iron during the last ice age did not mean more algae production in the equatorial Pacific, pointing to possible futility of a controversial geoengineering idea.
With government funding for climate science stagnant, a new center at Columbia University is working to engage corporate donors to back research on environmental changes and how humans can adapt to them. "It’s a very new way of funding science," said Lamont's Peter deMenocal, director of the Center for Climate & Life.
Lamont's Ben Holtzman and the Seismic Sound Lab turn data from seismometers into a visual and auditory experience.
Columbia's Center for Climate & Life is engaging corporate philanthropists to boost funding for research into the effects of projected environmental changes and how human systems can adapt.
60 Minutes reports from Greenland's Petermann Glacier, then visits with Lamont-Doherty's Peter deMenocal at the Core Lab to discuss some of the most significant efforts to study climate change happening today.
We may have underestimated how hot European summers are today, compared to the region's past, according to a new study. Lamont's Jason Smerdon explains.
Residents from New Jersey to Connecticut reported feeling earthquake-like shaking on Thursday afternoon. Lamont seismologist Won-Young Kim tells Reuters that instruments measured vibrations and low-frequency sound waves consistent with about eight sonic booms. .
Underneath Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf is the least-known piece of ocean floor on our planet. We know almost nothing about it, but it's the size of France, Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell tells MPR. Bell's IcePod team has been mapping that ocean floor.
Sediment cores show that in the past, higher iron concentrations in the equatorial Pacific did not enhance growth of carbon-storing algae, according to a new study from Lamont's Kassandra Costa.
A new study by Ajit Subramaniam and Andy Juhl looks into the discovery of large phytoplankton populations over oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists have discovered a new biological phenomenon in the Gulf of Mexico. Phytoplankton communities are thriving above natural oil seeps, according to a new study from Lamont's Ajit Subramaniam and Andy Juhl.
January hurricanes are extremely rare, but this year, two have already formed. Lamont's Adam Sobel takes a look at what's fueling the storms.
Coastal flooding is a major concern as a major winter storm heads for the East Coast this weekend. Lamont-Doherty's Adam Sobel discusses what goes into a storm surge and why the risk is high.
What’s behind the death of a tiny creature with an outsized role in the Antarctic? Lamont-Doherty's Hugh Ducklow and his team at Palmer Station take a PBS camera crew beneath the ice.
NOAA and NASA confirm that 2015 was the warmest year on record. Lamont-Doherty's Jason Smerdon calls the record alarming but not surprising. "The trend has been predicted for decades, and all the consequences associated with it have been predicted, as well," he said.
As climate change reshapes the Earth's polar regions, scientists turn to drone-mounted cameras to measure sea ice. Lamont-Doherty's Frank Nitsche and colleagues explain the challenges of flying drones near Antarctica. It's tougher than it looks.
Although there have been longer droughts, the 2015 water year represents the driest in the last 2,015 years, and the 2012–2015 drought represents the driest four-year period, according to a study involving tree ring research from Lamont's Ed Cook.