• 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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“EARTH’S THERMOMETERS” HEATING UP: NEW ZEALAND GLACIERS RAPIDLY RETREATING

“EARTH’S THERMOMETERS” HEATING UP: NEW ZEALAND GLACIERS RAPIDLY RETREATING

By Valerie Nikolas, Jan. 14, 2019 – Glaciers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are rapidly retreating in sync, a trend unique to the accelerating pace of warming in which the Earth is currently caught. Researchers such as University of Maine geologist Noel Potter, who studies glacial retreat in New Zealand, observe this trend with increasing frequency.…Read More

WHAT CAN WE DO TO SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE?

WHAT CAN WE DO TO SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE?

By Karyn Simpson, Dec. 20, 2018 – Columbia University Geology Professor Wally Broecker, the pioneering grandfather of climate science, laid it on the line. The two ways we know of to bring down civilization are nuclear bombs or carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, the driving force of climate change, he said this fall during…Read More

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS PURSUE CRITICAL RESEARCH AS THE PACE OF SEA LEVEL RISE, EXTREME WEATHER ACCELERATE

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS PURSUE CRITICAL RESEARCH AS THE PACE OF SEA LEVEL RISE, EXTREME WEATHER ACCELERATE

By Hannah Magnuson, Dec. 16, 2018 – Climate scientists veterans Richard Alley, Wally Broecker and George Denton have witnessed immense changes during their decades-spanning careers. They’re buoyed by scientific advances, but also see critical mitigation needs amid public apathy – and a policy gridlock. Despite political stagnation, the scientists persist with pioneering research to map…Read More

“LAKE MAFIA” GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

“LAKE MAFIA” GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

Aaron Dorman Medill Reports, Oct. 31, 2018 – An alpine forest turns into a desert within a mere 16,000 years – the geologic equivalent of a blink of an eye. The transformation is just one climate mystery waiting to be solved. Wondering what drives local rainfall? Curious about tipping points for the entire global weather…Read More

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U.S. GREEN ENERGY POLICY  COULD REAP RESULTS – GERMANY SHOWS THE PROMISE

U.S. GREEN ENERGY POLICY COULD REAP RESULTS – GERMANY SHOWS THE PROMISE

By Jillian Melero, Dec. 16, 2018 – Tapping into wind and solar and other green energy technologies, the U.S. can produce 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050, compared to 17 percent produced in 2017. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the Department of Energy. And the transition is a necessary step…

COMED’S GREEN ENERGY INNOVATION PARTNERING WITH HISTORIC BRONZEVILLE

COMED’S GREEN ENERGY INNOVATION PARTNERING WITH HISTORIC BRONZEVILLE

by Jillian Melero, Dec. 19, 2018 – Bronzeville, the South Side home of Chicago’s Black Renaissance and the birthplace of Black History Month, hopes to launch its next Golden Age with support from a smart microgrid being installed by utility ComEd. The microgrid will tap green energy to help power the community. Once completed in…

HOW MUCH CARBON DIOXIDE CAN WE LOCK IN THE DEEP OCEANS?

HOW MUCH CARBON DIOXIDE CAN WE LOCK IN THE DEEP OCEANS?

Aaron Dorman, Dec. 16, 2018 – Natural ocean biology can help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by trapping it in surface algae that sinks to the bottom of the sea. That’s the focus of research by two Columbia University scientists. These studies concluded that iron fertilization of the oceans surrounding Antarctica had occurred in…

RESEARCHERS AGREE – TAXING CARBON EMISSIONS OFFERS A SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

RESEARCHERS AGREE – TAXING CARBON EMISSIONS OFFERS A SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

By Valerie Nikolas, Nov. 13, 2018 – “We have to put a price on carbon,” Columbia University scientist Wallace Broecker, the geoclimatologist who coined the phrase “global warming” in a 1975 study, said at the Comer Climate Conference held in southwestern Wisconsin in early October. The latest United Nations’ climate change report and the Nobel…

SOME ICE SHEET EXPANSION COULD BE CAUSED BY WARMING TEMPERATURES

SOME ICE SHEET EXPANSION COULD BE CAUSED BY WARMING TEMPERATURES

By Stephanie Fox, Nov. 1, 2018 – Antarctic ice sheets anchored on land show evidence of expanding even as atmospheric and oceanic warming accelerates, according to research conducted by an undergraduate scientist. The data shows that the expansion of alpine glaciers, or tall glaciers found within bowl-shaped hollows on mountains, may have been occurring for…

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, 2018 – 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…

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…

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…

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