• Blue Marble – NASA

  • Bhutan – Courtesy of Aaron Putnam

  • Oregon – Courtesy of Adam Hudson

  • New Zealand – Courtesy of George Denton

  • Mongolia – Jennifer Draper/Medill

  • Michigan – Medill photo

  • Pacific Ocean – Medill photo

  • Drought, Iowa – Medill photo

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  • Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica - NA

  • Greenland icebergs - Gary Comer/Courtesy of the Comer Family Foundation

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RAPID GREENLAND ICE MELT THREATENS 25 FEET OF SEA LEVEL RISE

RAPID GREENLAND ICE MELT THREATENS 25 FEET OF SEA LEVEL RISE

By Adam Cohen, Jan. 30, 2017 It’s as if there’s a new apocalyptic blockbuster in theaters, and Joerg Schaefer has a front-row seat. Some of the world’s foremost climate scientists shared their latest field research reports at the annual Comer Climate Conference this past fall in southwestern Wisconsin. None was as jarring as Schaefer’s talk on his…Read More

SCIENTISTS REBUILD THE PAST TO MEET CURRENT CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT

SCIENTISTS REBUILD THE PAST TO MEET CURRENT CLIMATE CHANGE THREAT

By Austin Keating, Video by Tiffany Chen and Austin Keating, Nov. 22, 2017 – Scientists take to the field to study rapid warming and cooling events in Earth’s past. They find clues in ice and rock, lakes and sediment across the globe. Rebuilding climate change patterns from the past enhances predictions for the future as human use of fossil fuels…Read More

REDUCED SNOWPACK DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS MORE WATER WOES FOR CALIFORNIA

REDUCED SNOWPACK DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS MORE WATER WOES FOR CALIFORNIA

By Morgan Levey, Dec. 11, 2017 For Californians reeling from the deadly fires in Northern California and the Oroville Dam crisis that displaced thousands, the record-breaking precipitation levels last year may seem like a silver lining after more than five years of drought. Yet it’s precisely these massive swings, from prolonged dry periods to extreme…Read More

SCIENTISTS CALL FOR ACTION TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE NOW

SCIENTISTS CALL FOR ACTION TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE NOW

By Tiffany Chen, Dec. 11, 2017 – Climate change is an urgent threat linked to floods, drought and increasing heat waves.  While carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord meant to cap emissiions and the temperature rise due to them. Scientists gathered at the Comer…Read More

OCEANS SOAK UP CO2 AND BUFFER THE PACE OF GLOBAL WARMING

OCEANS SOAK UP CO2 AND BUFFER THE PACE OF GLOBAL WARMING

By Tiffany Chen The oceans have always held carbon dioxide (CO2) in their vast blue depths during glacial and warm periods throughout Earth’s history, breathing it in and out as the climate warmed or cooled. Scientists are now fishing for clues from the floor of the sea to reconstruct past climate events via ocean chemistry…Read More

MAPPING THE RETREAT OF THE ICE AGES – A FAMILY BUSINESS

MAPPING THE RETREAT OF THE ICE AGES – A FAMILY BUSINESS

By Morgan Levey We think of rising fossil fuel use and the resulting carbon dioxide emissions as key catalysts of climate change in today’s warming world. And changes in climate throughout Earth’s history had many drivers, including geological forces, orbital cycles, ocean circulation and a litany of planetary mechanisms that happen on a microcosmic scale.…Read More

GEOSCIENTIST RICHARD ALLEY’S CLIMATE CRUSADE

GEOSCIENTIST RICHARD ALLEY’S CLIMATE CRUSADE

By Adam Cohen, October 31, 2017 – Richard Alley smiled widely, beer in hand, as he welcomed a group of student journalists to the annual Comer Climate Conference this fall. “I bet you all have a cell phone on you,” he said. “Don’t throw it on the ground!” The students exchanged sideways glances. “It might…Read More

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AS HALF THE WORLD SUFFERS FROM WATER SHORTAGES, RESEARCHERS GATHER TO MEET THE THREAT

AS HALF THE WORLD SUFFERS FROM WATER SHORTAGES, RESEARCHERS GATHER TO MEET THE THREAT

By Samantha Yadron, Aug. 29,2017 –  Four billion people—more than half the world’s population—face severe water scarcity for drinking, crops, sanitary needs and other uses during part of each year. As climate change accelerates this problem, cross-disciplinary researchers and policymakers met at the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) conference at Northwestern University this August. Northwestern…

A CLIMATE CHANGE FOR ‘GLACIOGENIC ART’

A CLIMATE CHANGE FOR ‘GLACIOGENIC ART’

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran – Glaciers and forests show jagged retreats in Jill Pelto’s paintings while the sky above heats up. Pelto, a graduate student studying climate science at the University of Maine, uses her art to convey the impacts of climate change on world environments. She overlays climate change research data with striking colors and…

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