• 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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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS GATHER TO TACKLE URGENT CHALLENGES FOR THE PLANET

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS GATHER TO TACKLE URGENT CHALLENGES FOR THE PLANET

By Janice Cantieri – “You can’t open a McDonald’s ketchup packet without the little notch. Try it, okay?” noted climatologist Richard Alley. Without the little notches, plastic ketchup packets are almost impossible to open no matter how much you pull or tear. Cracks in the world’s ice sheets are like those little notches, Alley said.…Read More

TACKLING GLOBAL WARMING BY EXPLORING THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE ICE AGES

TACKLING GLOBAL WARMING BY EXPLORING THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE ICE AGES

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran/Video by Kelly Calagna – “Don’t get old if you can help it,” climatologist George Denton joked at the Comer Abrupt Climate Change Conference in Wisconsin this fall. But he must have been proud. As one of the earliest and premiere veterans of climate change research, the University of Maine professor had three…Read More

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…Read More

Cosmic rays from the galaxy help track retreat of glaciers on Earth

Cosmic rays from the galaxy help track retreat of glaciers on Earth

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran – Cosmic rays, hurling across the galaxy near light-speed, generate a time machine on Earth for us to measure the retreat of the glaciers and the pace of climate change. Ph.D. student Peter Strand, at the University of Maine, drilled samples of quartz from boulders in Mongolia’s Altai Mountains this summer to…Read More

Artificial trees might be needed to offset carbon dioxide emissions

Artificial trees might be needed to offset carbon dioxide emissions

By Janice Cantieri – Physicist and engineer Klaus Lackner makes artificial trees – but not the kind that decorate living rooms and lobbies. His artificial trees can capture carbon dioxide directly out of the air—and they’re 1,000 times more efficient than nature’s trees in doing so. Millions of the trees could eventually generate “negative carbon…Read More

OUR THIRST FOR ENERGY – DRIVING INNOVATION AND MITIGATING WATER RISKS

OUR THIRST FOR ENERGY – DRIVING INNOVATION AND MITIGATING WATER RISKS

By Lakshmi Chandrasekaran “Green city planning to create green roofs, green parks and deployment of green assets in places where we are worried about heat effects is necessary,” said Jessica Hellmann, director of the Institute on Environment from the University of Minnesota to keep climate change at controllable levels. She stressed in no uncertain terms…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…

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…

FIXING CLIMATE – GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, SAYS VETERAN SCIENTIST

FIXING CLIMATE – GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY, SAYS VETERAN 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…

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS EMPHASIZE HIGH STAKES OF 2016 ELECTION

CLIMATE SCIENTISTS EMPHASIZE HIGH STAKES OF 2016 ELECTION

By Janice Cantieri – Nov. 8, 2016, Election Day. “If you want to name things that could really bring down civilization, nuclear bombs are one, but I think CO2 has all the seeds of that,” said pioneering climate scientist Wallace Broecker of Columbia University. “You’re going to see enormous problems with that, I mean political problems,…

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