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Rare-earth metal reveals ancient ocean currents linked to climate triggers

Rare-earth metal reveals ancient ocean currents linked to climate triggers

By Marisa Sloan, Dec. 18, 2020 – Despite the sci-fi name of this rare-earth element, neodymium is actually pretty common. The silvery metal is used in everything from cell phones and wind turbines to tanning booths and electric guitars. But it’s the neodymium found thousands of meters below the ocean’s surface that captured the interest…Read More

Breaking down clues to climate change from ocean floors to measure iceberg melting

Breaking down clues to climate change from ocean floors to measure iceberg melting

By Grace Rodgers, Dec. 18, 2020 – Melting freshwater icebergs raise critical questions about ocean circulation. However, to find answers to what’s happening on ocean surfaces, some scientists are searching ocean floors for evidence of past environments and clues to the pace of current climate change. As a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty…Read More

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56-million-year-old algae could shed light on future climate change

56-million-year-old algae could shed light on future climate change

By Marisa Sloan, Dec. 17, 2020 – Faced with a challenge as mammoth as climate change, scientists are turning to some very tiny organisms for insight — coccolithophores, the single-celled algae that are smaller than a grain of sand. In order to grow, algae use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into energy in…

Climate science pioneer Wallace Broecker memorialized at namesake symposium

Climate science pioneer Wallace Broecker memorialized at namesake symposium

By Zack Fishman, Dec. 18, 2019 — The locked office of the late climate scientist Wallace “Wally” Broecker displays a wooden ship’s wheel, mounted on a window-paneled wall behind his former desk. The wheel overlooks the forested campus of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where Broecker conducted research for nearly 70 years. It originated from…

4,000 floating robots take on climate change

4,000 floating robots take on climate change

By Elena Bruess, Oct. 16, 2019 – I ziplined recently with a scientist who told me that her work involved almost 4,000 floating robots and a massive global computer database that could help her predict the future of our world’s climate. This was during a break in the Comer Climate Conference and the woods behind…

Fox in the field: Following the tracks of climate triggers in Mongolia

Fox in the field: Following the tracks of climate triggers in Mongolia

By Stephanie Fox, August 20, 2019 – I should probably explain that headline. In mid-July, I left my Illinois home and headed to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. That’s where I met up with two scientists, a high school teacher and a rising university freshman. Together we boarded a plane to Beijing, China, then Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,…

Safety requirements for Antarctic climate scientists can take your wisdom teeth

Safety requirements for Antarctic climate scientists can take your wisdom teeth

By Stephanie Fox, Jan. 12, 2019– What do Antarctic climate scientists and Nordic Vikings have in common? More than you’d think. After being cast out of Iceland for murdering his neighbor, Erik the Red, the notorious Viking who walked the Earth around 985 A.D., braved the unforgiving seas in search of a new home. That’s…

“LAKE MAFIA” GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

“LAKE MAFIA” GETS TOUGH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

By Aaron Dorman, 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 system?…

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