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Glacier geologists search for global climate clues to support urgent action now

Glacier geologists search for global climate clues to support urgent action now

By Poonam Narotam, Dec. 15, 2021 – When he’s not teaching earth science classes and analyzing data at the University of Maine, glacier whisperer Aaron Putnam is trekking into the high Himalayas or New Zealand’s Southern Alps to study where glaciers once stood. The United Nations officials behind the recent global COP26 climate conference urged…Read More

Climate change threatens El Niño crop and rainfall boosts with severe disruptions

Climate change threatens El Niño crop and rainfall boosts with severe disruptions

By Carly Menker, Dec. 14, 2021 – Columbia University Ph.D. student Celeste Pallone devotes her research time observing Eastern Equatorial Pacific dwelling planktonic foraminifera – very tiny creatures that can give huge clues into the pace of ocean climate change. “Marine sediment cores act as an archive of sea surface temperatures, past environments, including past…Read More

COLDEX: The search for Earth’s oldest ice and new climate solutions

COLDEX: The search for Earth’s oldest ice and new climate solutions

By Christian Elliott, Dec. 9, 2021 – Even summer days are cold in the Allan Hills Blue Ice Area, a meteorite-strewn expanse of glacier flanked by mountains at the eastern edge of the Antarctic ice sheet near the McMurdo Station research center. Jeff Severinghaus, a paleoclimatologist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and his colleagues…Read More

Into the unknown: Exploring caves to uncover climate change clues

Into the unknown: Exploring caves to uncover climate change clues

By Christian Elliott and Brittany Edelmann, Dec. 8, 2021 – Nearly 20 years ago, then Ph.D. student Gina Moseley walked into a bar in Bristol to meet fellow members of the University of Bristol Spelæological Society caving club. An older caver talked with her over drinks about some small caves in northeastern Greenland he’d always…Read More

Enhanced weathering: When climate research takes unexpected turns

Enhanced weathering: When climate research takes unexpected turns

By Brittany Edelmann and Carly Menker, Dec. 5, 2021 – Oxford University Ph.D. student Frankie Buckingham collected the 30, 1-meter-long cylindrical tubes of soil she needed for climate research in August 2018 on a British farm in North Oxfordshire. The farm had previously cultivated oats and barley in the soil. A variety of crushed rocks…Read More

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COVID-19’s minimal climate impact highlights need for momentous action now

COVID-19’s minimal climate impact highlights need for momentous action now

By Liam Bohen-Meissner, Jan 28., 2021 – PODCAST  Global carbon dioxide emission dropped 7 percent worldwide due to a decrease in human activity after COVID-19 brought much of the world to a standstill. Despite this, the climate impacts of COVID-19 turned out to be negligible, with 2020 tied with 2016 as the hottest year on…

Scientists applaud President Biden’s White House science team and commitment to science

Scientists applaud President Biden’s White House science team and commitment to science

By Shivani Majmudar,  Jan 22, 2021 – President Joe Biden’s White House science team faces cascading crises as it takes command amid COVID-19, escalating climate change and crippling public doubts about science. But scientists across the country are confident the new administration is up to the challenge, especially under the leadership of science adviser Eric…

Next generation climate scientists study Earth’s responses to rapidly rising temperatures

Next generation climate scientists study Earth’s responses to rapidly rising temperatures

By Grace Rodgers, Dec. 18, 2020 – In a race against climate change, Yuxin Zhou, 26, is among the next generation of climate scientists studying the Earth’s responses to rapidly rising temperatures, threatening life on the planet. As a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, studying how the Earth’s climate behaved in…

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…

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…

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