• Blue Marble – NASA

  • Bhutan – Courtesy of Aaron Putnam

  • Oregon – Courtesy of Adam Hudson

  • New Zealand – Courtesy of George Denton

  • Mongolia – Jennifer Draper/Medill

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  • 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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COMER CONFERENCE EXPLORES NEW FRONTIERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSES AND IMPACTS

COMER CONFERENCE EXPLORES NEW FRONTIERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE CAUSES AND IMPACTS

By Bryce Gray, Sarah Kramer, Neil Murthy, Danielle Prieur, Kevin Stark and Jia You – As the leaves turn gold in southwest Wisconsin each fall, climate scientists from around the world gather there to share their latest findings on the causes and impacts of abrupt climate change. This Comer Family Foundation’s annual conference on abrupt climate…Read More

Fixing climate is good for the economy, says veteran climate scientist

Fixing climate is good for the economy, says veteran climate scientist

By Jia You – Richard Alley works at the forefront of climate research, interpreting the time machine of climate past locked in ice cores he collected in some of the coldest places on Earth. The University of Pennsylvania geoscientist has spent more than 10 field seasons in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska collecting clues from the…Read More

High temperatures add new complexity to drought in the West

High temperatures add new complexity to drought in the West

By Bryce Gray – The nearly five-year drought afflicting California and Nevada has restricted water usage, emptied reservoirs to historic low levels, and even caused the land to sink in areas of extreme groundwater depletion. As Ben Hatchett will tell you, the ordeal has left climate scientists with many of the same questions as everybody…Read More

California’s past lake levels give clues to current droughts

California’s past lake levels give clues to current droughts

By Danielle Prieur – Climatologist Sidney Hemming of Columbia University first came to the Mono Lake Basin in California to assist her husband, Gary Hemming, with his research but found important links between prehistoric lake levels and current drought conditions. “I first went out there to collect water samples with my husband who was interested in…Read More

Greenland caves reveal climate drivers beyond temperature

Greenland caves reveal climate drivers beyond temperature

By Danielle Prieur – Paleoclimatologist Gina Moseley found an old Kodak film box when she entered a cave in northeast Greenland last year? It gave her the clue that few people had stopped there since the 1960s. An American scientist left behind a note in the 1960s film box and it was untouched when Moseley and…Read More

Greenland caves could hold clues for climate change

Greenland caves could hold clues for climate change

By Bryce Gray – Clues unearthed from the northernmost caves on the planet could help plug a 10,000-year gap in Greenland’s ice core record, providing essential information about where the climate may be heading now. But perhaps spelunking climatologist Gina Moseley’s most shocking discovery from this past summer’s expedition was the abandoned army rations that expired 60 years ago…Read More

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MISSIVES FROM MONGOLIA: CHASING DOWN THE ICE AGE

MISSIVES FROM MONGOLIA: CHASING DOWN THE ICE AGE

By Sarah Kramer – The Altai Mountains of western Mongolia may be concealing secret amidst the splendor. The breathtaking alpine landscape could hold clues to how abrupt climate change might have impacted our ancestors— and how it may impact our descendants. This summer, a team of scientists, students and historians trekked through the hills and…

ANSWERS IN THE ANDES: LOOKING TO ANCIENT LAKES TO PREDICT CLIMATE

ANSWERS IN THE ANDES: LOOKING TO ANCIENT LAKES TO PREDICT CLIMATE

By Neil Murthy – Christine Chen is a scientist on a mission. Thousands of miles away from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is a third-year doctoral student, Chen reached one of the most remote regions on Earth equipped with a knapsack, a rudimentary rock hammer and a burning question—can ancient lakes in the…

SCIENTISTS EXPLORE BETTER WAYS TO TELL THE GLOBAL WARMING STORY

SCIENTISTS EXPLORE BETTER WAYS TO TELL THE GLOBAL WARMING STORY

By Kevin Stark – Throngs of demonstrators frustrated with government inaction on climate change filled the streets of Manhattan in fall. They wore cardboard cutout life preservers that said “preserve our communities.” They carried a giant sunflower, nearly the width of a city street. Colorful signs, young and old, a cross-section of America. And there…

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