One of the best-established ideas about global warming is that it will hit the Arctic the hardest, creating a feedback loop as melting ice leaves more dark ocean to absorb more energy. It's part of a concept called “Arctic amplification." Already this year, the Arctic has exceeded 4 degrees Celsius above average. Chris Mooney discussed the changes with Lamont's Marco Tedesco.
Scientists have discovered a major problem with one popular geoengineering scheme that entails dumping iron into the ocean to fuel algae that can soak up carbon dioxide: Basically, the plan is not supported by the geologic record, at least not in the equatorial Pacific. The study was led by Lamont's Gisela Winckler and Robert Anderson.
The first global digital-elevation model of Mercury reveals a striking landscape of basins and lava plains. Lamont Director Sean Solomon was principal investigator on the MESSENGER mission and discussed the data MESSENGER captured.
Slow-motion earthquakes or "slow-slip events" can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes. A new study involving Lamont's Spahr Webb examines a slow-slip event off New Zealand.
Marine geologist and paleoceanographer Maureen Raymo was among 84 scientists elected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to engineers and scientists in the United States.
In a coal state struggling with environmental regulations and a fiscal crisis, teaching climate science has hit a nerve. Climate Wire spoke with Lamont Special Research Scientist Kim Kastens.
Climate change dramatically upped the odds of severe coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, researchers say. Lamont's Adam Sobel discussed the findings with the Washington Post.
Climate change is one of the most complex and difficult challenges facing the world, and one of the most divisive. In this video, Lamont's Peter deMenocal discusses how climate is changing today and why.
"They look like R2-D2 in swim floaties, but they could revolutionize ocean science." Lamont's Kyle Frischkorn writes about the new wave of marine robots.
A year after a devastating earthquake triggered killer avalanches and rock falls in Nepal, scientists are wiring up mountainsides to forecast hazards. Scientific American talks with Lamont's Colin Stark.
CCTV talked with Lamont's Klaus Jacob about how New York City is bracing for the effects of climate change and whether it is doing enough.
Over the last decade, federal spending on research and development as a percentage of our country’s GDP has been declining. PBS SciTech Now talks with Lamont's Peter deMenocal.
Lamont's Maureen Raymo talks about the value of determining the heights of prehistoric shorelines for projecting future sea level rise.
The World Surf League has created a unique partnership with climate scientists at Lamont that could help the sport, the ocean and spur a new research model.
As the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mystery. Lamont's Jonathan Nichols takes the Smithsonian on a tour of the challenge.
Constant gravitational pressures on the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa generate much more heat than previously thought, which may force a rethink about the chemistry of the liquid water ocean below the surface, says Lamont's Christine McCarthy.
In a column appearing in Italy's La Repubblica, Lamont's Marco Tedesco discusses the darkening of Greenland and how that contributes to a cycle of melting. The column is written in Italian.
Global warming will require big changes in how we management water, the Desert Sun writes. “In general, what a measure like this is telling us is that our historical reliance on snow is untenable in a future climate," said Lamont's Justin Mankin.
The vast Greenland ice sheet is seeing a record-breaking level of melt for so early in the season. “The potential implications, in terms of runoff and so on, they alter the memory of the snowpack, the potential implications can be big either for the same season or future seasons,” said Lamont's Marco Tedesco.
If climate change continues, we can expect a large rise in sea level this century, and it will only get worse in the centuries to come. The BBC talks with Lamont's Maureen Raymo.