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Scientists Debate Evidence of Ancient Megatsunami - National Geographic

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:27
Lamont geologist Dallas Abbott presents evidence suggesting that an enormous space rock, possibly an asteroid, smashed into the Indian Ocean about 10,000 years ago and created a megatsunami that washed over the east coast of Africa.

The Best of Climate Science and Humanity Come Together at AGU - Guardian

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 15:00
More than 20,000 scientists shared their research at the fall AGU conference. Among them, Richard Seager’s team estimated that global warming has intensified the California drought by about 20 percent.

Climate Change Education With New Card Game - Live Science

Sun, 12/20/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Stephanie Pfirman helped to develop a game called EcoChains to teach children about our changing planet. She explains how it's played.

Alaska Landslide Was Among World's Biggest in Recent Years - Alaska Dispatch

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 15:00
When 200 million metric tons of rock tumbled down a remote Southeast Alaska mountain in October, nobody was around to see it. Across the country, Lamont-Doherty seismologiests Colin Stark and Goran Ekstrom were able to pinpoint location, direction and size.

More Rain, Less Snow in Future El Niños - ABC

Fri, 12/18/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Richard Seager says if this El Niño is similar to 1997-98, be prepared for dry conditions following. With warming temperatures, future El Niño will look much different, he says.

Ice Rafts Traveling Farther, Faster across the Arctic Ocean - Science

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 15:00
Climate change may be causing Arctic sea ice to travel farther and faster than it did 15 years ago, taking pollutants and other material along for the ride. Lamont-Doherty's Bob Newton described the changes at the American Geophysical Union 2015 meeting.

The Ominous Story of Syria's Climate Refugees - Scientific American

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:39
Farmers who have escaped the battle-torn nation explain how drought and government abuse have driven social violence. Lamont-Doherty's Richard Seager discusses the climate connection.

Restoring White Arctic Will Fall to Future Generations Who Never Knew It - AGU

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 01:34
Scientists and policymakers have discussed for decades how to slow the rate of global warming and melting Arctic ice, but few have discussed how to restore the ice after it is lost. Cites a new analysis by Lamont's Robert Newton and Stephanie Pfirman.

Greenland's Glaciers Receding at Fastest Rate in 9,500 Years - UPI

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 15:20
Greenland's glaciers are on retreat, shrinking at strikingly fast rates -- at least twice as fast as any time over the last 9,500 years, according to new research for Lamont-Doherty's William D'Andrea.

In Drought-Battered Somaliland, Climate Change Is Deadly Serious - Vice News

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:00
People in Somaliland are losing everything as their land dries because of climate change. Cites research by Peter deMenocal showing dry conditions in the Horn of Africa are likely to get worse.

Why Prince Charles is Right to Link the Syrian War to Climate Change - Fortune

Sat, 12/05/2015 - 12:00
The effect of warming temperatures on farmland and water supplies wasn't the sole cause of conflict, but it definitely made the situation in Syria worse, write Lamont's Richard Seager, Mark Cane, and Yochanan Kushnir.

Vikings' Mysterious Abandonment of Greenland: Not Due to Changing Climate? - Washington Post

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:00
New geological data analyzed by Lamont's Nicolas Young and Joerg Schaefer on the extent of glaciers in the region at the time show that during the era when the Norse occupied the area, glaciers were almost as far advanced as they were during the subsequent Little Ice Age.

Did Climate Change Make the Norse Disappear From Greenland? - Smithsonian

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:00
Evidence from glacial deposits analyzed by Lamont's Nicolas Young and Joerg Schaefer adds a new twist to the tale of the mysterious lost settlements of Greenland.

Greenland's Vikings Mystery: Climate Change Didn't Drive Norse Away - International Business Times

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:00
Erik the Red's colonization of Greenland did not come to an end because of falling temperatures, according to a new study by Lamont's Nicolas Young and Joerg Schaefer. They find that Greenland was already pretty cold when the Vikings arrived, suggesting that the Medieval Warm Period wasn't uniform around the globe.

Five Reasons We Need to Act Now on Climate Change - National Geographic

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 06:00
As world leaders in Paris negotiate cuts in greenhouse gases, scientists say we face urgent reasons to take action. Lamont-Doherty's Jason Smerdon and Peter deMenocal talk about glacier loss and the destabilizing effects of climate change.

New York City Prepares for Next Superstorm, Climate Challenge - CBC News

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:28
Three years after Superstorm Sandy, New York City is preparing for the dual threat of rising sea levels and another big storm. But are planners going far enough to keep nature at bay? Lamont's Klaus Jacob weighs in.

Why Would You Go for Dirty Fuel if Cleaner Energy Is Cheaper? - Independent

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 12:00
If clean energy became less costly to produce than energy based on coal, gas or oil, then coal, gas and oil would simply stay in the ground, the author writes. The big question is how to make it cheaper. Quotes Lamont's Richard Seager about the costs of climate change.

What Mumbai Needs to Learn from Superstorm Sandy - Times of India

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 08:52
The rising number of cyclones in the Arabian Sea put the low-lying city of Mumbai at risk. Emergency planning is crucial, writes Lamont-Doherty's Adam Sobel.

Submarines and Sea Monkeys - Scientific American

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 11:53
Hordes of tiny zooplankton rise from the depths every night to feed, in the largest animal migration on Earth, writes Lamont's Kyle Frischkorn.

Unstable Climates Make for Unstable Politics - Institute for Security Studies

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 08:37
While world leaders discuss climate change in Paris this week, the humanitarian risks of disrupted weather patterns are fast becoming a reality in Africa. Quotes Lamont's Richard Seager describing how global warming adds to existing stressors.