Research News

The following news items are drawn from the website of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and highlight the research accomplishments of Lamont-based department students and faculty.

Drilling for Carbon-Storing Rocks in Suburban New York

Monday, September 12, 2011
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Live, from the Bottom of the Sea

Monday, August 29, 2011
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Magnitude 5.8 Quake Rattles East Coast

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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New Google Ocean Maps Dive Down Deep

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Starting today, armchair explorers will be able to view parts of the deep ocean floors in far greater detail than ever before, thanks to a new synthesis of seafloor topography released through Google Earth. Developed by oceanographers at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory from scientific data collected on research cruises, the new feature tightens resolution in covered areas from the former 1-kilometer grids to just 100 meters.

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Calculating the Damage in China

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Art Lerner-Lam on MSNBC speaking about the earthquake damage in China and why aftershocks will continue to rock China for months.




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Three Scientists Elected to Top Academies

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Three scientists at Columbia’s Earth Institute have been elected to leading U.S. scientific academies.

Paul E. Olsen, a paleontologist and climate researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Lamont seismologist Paul G. Richards was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, along with agronomist Pedro Sanchez, who heads the Earth Institute’s Tropical Agriculture Program.

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Southern Flavor in the Arctic

Thursday, May 1, 2008

May 1, 2008 -- Rocks under the northern ocean are found to resemble ones far south

Scientists probing volcanic rocks from deep under the frozen surface of the Arctic Ocean have discovered a special geochemical signature until now found only in the southern hemisphere.

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New Seafloor Cores Show Tight Bond Between Dust and Past Climates

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Feb. 28, 2008 ---Each year, long-distance winds drop up to 900 million tons of dust from deserts and other parts of the land into the oceans. Scientists suspect this phenomenon connects to global climate—but exactly how, remains a question.  Now a big piece of the puzzle has fallen into place...

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Lamont Scientists Featured on NBC Nightly News Story

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

January 14, 2008 - Lamont Scientists Douglas Martinson and Robin Bell were featured in an NBC Nightly News story entitled "Meltdown in Antartica."

The story is part of Nightly News' ongoing "Our Planet" series that examines issues effecting the earth's environment.

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After Sandy, Testing the Waters

Monday, November 19, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy: A Climate Change Wakeup Call

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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The Science and the Lessons of Hurricane Sandy

Friday, November 2, 2012
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2010 Korea Bomb 'Tests' Probably False Alarms, Says Study

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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Volcano Expert Wins MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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Seeking the Deadly Roots of the Dinosaurs' Ascent

Friday, August 17, 2012
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Shrinking Glaciers: A Chronology of Climate Change

Friday, July 20, 2012
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When the World Ended in Ice

Friday, June 29, 2012
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Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Milestones in Climate Studies

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Investigating Giant, Unseen Landslides

Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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Press-Ewing Seismograph on Jeopardy!

Thursday, June 7, 2012
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Urban 'Heat Island' Spurs Tree Growth

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Top Planetary Scientist to Lead Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
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Ocean Acidification Rate May Be Unprecedented, Study Says

Thursday, March 1, 2012
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Exploring the World: A Guide to Lamont Fieldwork in 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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Fixing Climate: Beyond Carbon Dioxide

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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Scientists Drill Two Miles Down to Ancient Lake Vostok

Friday, February 10, 2012
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Waiting For Death Valley's Big Bang

Monday, January 23, 2012
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Scientists Make Progress in Assessing Tornado Seasons

Thursday, January 19, 2012
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In Himalayas, Assessing Climate Threats to Water

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Key Talks at the American Geophysical Union, Dec. 5-9

Friday, December 2, 2011
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Trees on Tundra's Border Are Growing Faster in a Hotter Climate

Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Scientists Predict Faster Retreat for Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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New Public Outreach Prize Goes to Earth Institute Climatologist

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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Imagining the Hudson before Humans

Friday, October 7, 2011
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New Salt Map of the Seas Gives Scientists a Taste of Discoveries Ahead

Monday, October 3, 2011
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Investigating a Tropical Weather Pattern with Global Reach

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Drilling for Carbon-Storing Rocks in Suburban New York

Monday, September 12, 2011
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Climate Cycles Are Driving Wars, Says Study

Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Sewage Still Plagues Hudson River

Thursday, August 11, 2011

People are swimming in the Hudson again, and while clumps of sewage rarely float by anymore, the water is not reliably clean, says a report released this week from the environmental group Riverkeeper.

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In a First, Scientists Successfully Forecast Undersea Eruption

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Researchers returning from a cruise some 250 miles off the coast of Oregon have reported seeing a volcanic eruption on the seafloor that they accurately forecast five years ago—the first successful prediction of an undersea eruption. The event took place at Axial Seamount, one of the most active and intensely studied undersea peaks in the world.

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Lurking Under Bangladesh: The Next Great Earthquake?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

After the recent great quakes that have swept away entire coastlines and cities in Japan, Haiti and Sumatra, scientists are now looking hard at the nation that may suffer the gravest threat of all: Bangladesh. A new documentary from the Earth Institute follows seismologists as they trace signs of deeply buried active faults, past movements of the earth, and sudden, catastrophic river-course changes.

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Swiss Glacier Finely Tuned to Climate Changes

Friday, June 3, 2011

During the last ice age, the Rhone Glacier was the dominant glacier in the Alps, covering a significant part of Switzerland. Over the next 11,500 years or so, the glacier, which forms the headwaters of the Rhone River, has been shrinking and growing again in response to shifts in climate.

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Tree Rings Open Door on 1100 Years of El Nino

Thursday, May 26, 2011

El Niño and La Niña, the periodic shifts in Pacific Ocean temperatures, affect weather around the globe, and many scientists have speculated that a warming planet will make those fluctuations more volatile, bringing more intense drought or extreme rainfall to various regions.

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Science Education with Trees and Canoes

Friday, May 20, 2011

A flock of young researchers from New York City, Singapore and the Netherlands are testing their skills in the field near Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory this weekend -- canoeing on Sparkill Creek to take water samples, counting forest species in Tallman Mountain State Park and analyzing soil chemistry.

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Can Big Earthquakes Disrupt World Weather?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland in 1783-84 set off a cascade of catastrophe, spewing sulfuric clouds into Europe and eventually around the world. Poisonous mists and a resulting famine from loss of crops and livestock killed thousands in Iceland, up to a quarter of the population. An estimated 23,000 people in Britain died from inhaling toxic fumes. Acid rain, heat, cold, drought and floods have been attributed to the eruption, which lasted from June until February.

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Study Links Ozone Hole to Climate Shifts

Monday, April 25, 2011

The hole in the Earth’s ozone layer over the South Pole has affected atmospheric circulation in the Southern Hemisphere all the way to the equator, and a new study says this has led to increased rainfall in the subtropics. The study, which appears in the April 21 issue of the leading journal Science, is the first time that ozone depletion has been linked to climate change over such a wide area.

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Two Veteran Researchers Named AGU Fellows

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Two scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are among 60 nationwide named this year as fellows of the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest earth-sciences society. Edward Cook, director of the observatory’s Tree Ring Lab, and Robin Bell, a leader in polar studies, received the honors, announced in the April 19 edition of the AGU newspaper EOS. The union has chosen a select group to honor each year since 1962, limiting the number to no more than 0.1 percent of the group’s membership.

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Signals of Past Say Big Droughts Can Hit U.S. East

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Scientists examining rings from old trees spanning the last 400 years say they show that the U.S. East Coast has suffered droughts longer and more frequent than anything recorded in modern times.

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Japan's Natural Hazards

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The largest recorded earthquake in Japan's history has triggered a series of events that have killed thousands, crushed and submerged cities, and left a financial toll from which it will take years for an already struggling economy to recover.

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Some Antarctic Ice is Forming from Bottom

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Scientists working in the remotest part of Antarctica have discovered that liquid water locked deep under the continent’s coat of ice regularly thaws and refreezes to the bottom, creating as much as half the thickness of the ice in places, and actively modifying its structure.

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Climate Record Suggests Drier Times for Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

We may think of the Pacific Northwest as rain-drenched, but new research led by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh shows that the region could be in for longer dry seasons, and is unlikely to see a period as wet as the 20th century any time soon.

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Giant CO2 Eruptions in the Backyard?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Northern New Jersey, southern Connecticut and environs are not necessarily where one would expect to explore the onetime extinction of much life on earth, and subsequent rise of dinosaurs. But it turns out to be a pretty good place to start. Underlying the exurbs are geological formations left by three giant episodes of volcanism starting around 200 million years ago, and intervening layers of sediments that built up in the interims between massive lava flows.

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As the Dead Sea Dries, Drilling Shows It's Not the First Time

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In the first project of its kind, scientists are drilling deep into the bed of the fast-shrinking Dead Sea, searching for clues to past climate changes and other events that may have affected human history back through Biblical times and before.

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Making Sense of Earth Data: A Guide

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Charts, graphs and maps representing natural phenomena can be a challenge to anyone trying to extract something meaningful from them. A new book, Earth Science Puzzles: Making Meaning From Data, aims to help students of earth and environmental sciences decode images by presenting practice puzzles consisting of real-world scientific data.

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Volcanoes Have Shifted Asian Rainfall

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Scientists have long known that large volcanic explosions can affect the weather by spewing particles that block solar energy and cool the air. Some suspect that extended “volcanic winters” from gigantic blowups helped kill off dinosaurs and Neanderthals...

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Measuring Earthquakes in Western New York

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Each year, dozens of small, mostly harmless earthquakes quakes rattle the northeastern United States and southern Canada, and one quite active area runs along the shores of lakes Erie and Ontario, in western New York. In order to learn more about what generates these, and the possible threat of something bigger, scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have installed a new seismometer at the West Valley Central School, southeast of Buffalo.

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Study Affirms Gulf Oil Spill's Vastness

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BP’s leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it. Now, in the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the leak’s volume, scientists have affirmed heightened estimates of what is now acknowledged as the largest marine oil accident ever.

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Converging Weather Patterns Caused Last Winter's Huge Snows

Monday, July 26, 2010

The memory of last winter’s blizzards may be fading in this summer’s searing heat, but scientists studying them have detected a perfect storm of converging weather patterns that had little relation to climate change. The extraordinarily cold, snowy weather that hit parts of the U.S. East Coast ...

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Answer to What Ended the Last Ice Age May Be Blowing in the Winds, Paper Says

Friday, June 25, 2010

Scientists still puzzle over how Earth emerged from its last ice age, an event that ushered in a warmer climate and the birth of human civilization. In the geological blink of an eye, ice sheets in the northern hemisphere began to collapse and warming spread quickly to the south. Most scientists say that the trigger...

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Like Fireflies, Earthquakes May Fire in Synchrony

Friday, June 18, 2010

In nature, random signals often fall mysteriously in step. Fireflies flashing sporadically in early evening soon flash together, and the same harmonic behavior can be seen in chirping crickets, firing neurons, swinging clock pendulums and now, it turns out, rupturing earthquake faults.

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The Gulf Oil Spill : Lamont-Doherty Experts Weigh In

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

With so many questions still unanswered about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Lamont Doherty scientists have been providing perspective to the public and press on many aspects, from the spill’s magnitude and spread, to the technologies available to abate it, and its long-term policy implications.

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Taro Takahashi Wins Top U.N. Award for Environmental Leadership

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The United Nations has awarded Taro Takahashi, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, its highest honor for environmental leadership, the Champions of the Earth award, for his research on the oceans’ uptake of carbon dioxide and its implications for global warming. He was presented with a trophy and a $40,000 prize on Thursday, April 22, in a ceremony in South Korea.

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Prof. Emeritus Jim Hays wins 2010 Milankovitch Medal

Monday, March 29, 2010

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has awarded the 2010 Milutin Milankovitch Medal to Professor Emeritus Jim Hays "for his pioneering, fundamental and continuous work on the reconstruction of Cenozoic climates and for his Science 1976 seminal paper on the astronomical theory of palaeoclimates." In the latter, Hays, along with colleagues John Imbrie and Nick Shackelton, proved that the timing of major ice ages is controlled by variations in Earth's orbit around the sun.

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Paul Richards Wins Seismological Society of America's Reid Medal

Friday, April 16, 2010

In a research career spanning more than four decades, Paul Richards, a seismologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has helped uncover Earth’s inner structure and advanced techniques for detecting nuclear explosions to ensure that bans on nuclear testing can be enforced. Richards will receive the Seismological Society of America’s Harry Fielding Reid medal at its annual luncheon on Wednesday, April 21.

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Wally Broecker: 50 years of Climate Science Innovation

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Since arriving at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in 1952, for a college summer internship, Wally Broecker has come up with some of the most important ideas in modern climate science. He was one of the first researchers to recognize the potential for human-influenced climate change, and to testify before Congress about its dangers..

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Scientists Locate Apparent Hydrothermal Vents off Antarctica

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Scientists at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have found evidence of hydrothermal vents on the seafloor near Antarctica, formerly a blank spot on the map for researchers wanting to learn more about seafloor formation and the bizarre life forms drawn to these extreme environments.

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Climate, Fires and Birds: How is the Tundra Changing?

Friday, February 19, 2010

Natalie Boelman is an ecologist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who studies the effects of climate change on organisms throughout the food chain. She first visited the Alaskan Arctic in 2001, and will return to the North Slope this spring and summer to continue a wildfire-mapping project and to set up a field study that will look at how warming-induced changes are affecting migratory songbirds that breed on the tundra each summer.

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Haiti: Physics of Quakes Past, and Future

Friday, January 22, 2010

The earthquake that struck Haiti took place along what is called a strike-slip fault—a place where tectonic plates on each side of a fault line are moving horizontally in opposite directions, like hands rubbing together. When these plates lock together, stress builds; eventually they slip; and this produces shaking.

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Copenhagen: Insights from Lamont Scientists on the World Climate Summit

Monday, December 14, 2009

Selected posts from a continuing series of essays and interviews from LDEO scientists on the prospects for a global climate-change treaty.

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Stalled Economy or Not, Record Year for CO2 Emissions

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Each person on the planet produced 1.3 tons of carbon last year—an all-time high--despite a global recession that slowed the growth of fossil fuel emissions for the first time this decade, according to a report published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience. Emissions grew 2 percent last year, to total 8.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide.

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Glaciers Have Moved Together in Far-Flung Regions

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A new study adds evidence that climate swings in Europe and North America during the last ice age were closely linked to changes in the tropics. The study, published this week in the journal Science, suggests that a prolonged cold spell...

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Sea Change

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The world’s oceans are growing more acidic as carbon emissions from the modern world are absorbed by the sea. A new film, “A Sea Change,” explores what this changing chemistry means for fish and the one billion people who rely on them for food. This first-ever documentary about ocean acidification is told through the eyes of a retired history teacher who reads about the problem in a piece in The New Yorker and is inspired to find out more. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington and Norway to talk with oceanographers, climatologists and others.

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Earth Science Made Easier

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Instead of an ice-covered South Pole, picture sub-tropical temperatures and flowering plants. That’s what parts of Antarctica looked like 85 million years ago. How long ago was that? If you’re drawing a blank you’re not alone.

Thinking on geologic time scales does not come easily for many people, and that’s a challenge in teaching earth science, says Lamont-Doherty oceanographer Kim Kastens, in a recent cover story in EOS, a weekly newspaper published by the American Geophysical Union.

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Wallace Broecker Speaks to BBC's "The World"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wallace Broecker Speaks to BBC's "The World", broadcast on July 7th & July 9th 2009 as part of a three part series on energy and climate.

As politicians and environmentalists prepare for the UN Climate Change talks in December to discuss urgent reduction of CO2 emissions, the BBC asked what is the future for global energy production?

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Five Decades of Studying CO2 at Sea : Takahashi Honored for Pioneering Measurements

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The oceans play a central role in cycling carbon dioxide into and out of the atmosphere, and thus an  essential role in regulating climate. Taro Takahashi, a geochemist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has spent the last five decades measuring this process, and the April issue of the journal Deep Sea Research II is dedicated to him for this pioneering work.

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CO2 Higher Today Than Last 2.1 Million Years

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Researchers have reconstructed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over the past 2.1 million years in the sharpest detail yet, shedding new light on its role in the earth’s cycles of cooling and warming.

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Wallace Broecker Featured on WNJN

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lamont Scientist Wallace Broecker was featured in a two part series on WNJN, New Jersey Public Television.

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Latest Korean Blast Outdid 2006 Nuke Test

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Seismologists, Pinpointing Location, See Little Doubt It Was Bomb  

Seismologists who have intensively studied North Korea’s nuclear testing efforts say Monday’s blast was certainly a nuclear bomb, roughly five times larger than the country’s first test in 2006.

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New Geochemistry Center Wins Awards

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The new Gary C. Comer Geochemistry Building at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., has won three top architecture awards. Recognized for its environment-friendly features, the building houses more than 80 staff, many of whom have long been at the forefront of global climate research. Scientists in Lamont's geochemistry division study the movements and interactions of substances in air, oceans, groundwater, biological remains, sediments and rocks.

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Mudslides: Forecasting Risk

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Landslides kill thousands of people each year but because they're often triggered by earthquakes or heavy rains, the danger remains poorly understood. A PhD candidate at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has put together a global catalog of recent mudslides to help scientists better predict where and when the next one will occur.

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New book, Climate Change: the Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future

Monday, April 27, 2009

A new book, Climate Change: the Science of Global Warming and Our Energy Future, serves as an excellent, long-needed primer on the workings of earth's climate.

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Teaching Earth Science: Oceanographer Wins Prestigious Prize

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oceanographer Wins Prestigious Prize for Work Advancing Education

Kim Kastens, an oceanographer at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has been recognized for her research in making spatial concepts in earth science easier for students in a wide age range to understand. She will receive the American Geophysical Union’s Excellence in Geophysical Education Award at a ceremony in Toronto in May.

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Climate Change Work by Lamont-Doherty Researchers Recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Four current and former researchers at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will receive honorary degrees from their alma mater, St. Lawrence University, this spring. The degrees will be awarded at May graduation to paleoclimatologist Peter deMenocal; engineer Dale Chayes; paleoceanographer Miriam Katz; and oceanographer Richard Fairbanks.

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What Was That Big Bang?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Iran seems to be moving toward an atomic bomb; North Korea reportedly could build a half dozen; and terrorist attacks have revived the specter of a faceoff between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. Yet the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, forbidding  nuclear testing, has failed to win ratification from the U.S. Senate and lawmakers of some other nations. Opponents say scientists cannot reliably detect clandestine tests: Why should we go along, if others can cheat?

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Foot Forward

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

In 1968, 14-year-old Paul Olsen of suburban Livingston, N.J., and his friend Tony Lessa heard that dinosaur tracks had been found in a nearby quarry. They raced over on their bikes.  "I went ballistic," Olsen recalls. Over the next few years, the boys uncovered and studied thousands of tracks and other fossils there, often working into the night.  It opened the world of science to Olsen; he went on to become one of the nation’s leading paleontologists.

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Ecosystems Push South in Antarctica

Friday, March 13, 2009

Warming Climate Drives Plankton and Penguins Poleward   

Adélie penguins are flocking closer to the South Pole. A new study in the leading journal Science explains why: they’re following the food supply, which is moving southward with changing climate.

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Wind Shifts May Stir CO2 from Antarctic Depths

Friday, March 13, 2009

Releases May Have Speeded End of Last Ice Age—And Could Act Again 

Natural releases of carbon dioxide from the Southern Ocean due to shifting wind patterns could have amplified global warming...

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Geologists Map Rocks to Soak CO2 From Air

Thursday, March 5, 2009

6,000 Square Miles in U.S. Might Turn Emissions to Harmless Solids 

To slow global warming, scientists are exploring ways to pull carbon dioxide from the air and safely lock it away.

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Antarctic Scientists Inaugurate 'Ocean Station Obama'

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Aboard R/V  Gould, off Antarctica--Scientists aboard the U.S. research vessel Laurence M Gould, 10,000 miles from Washington off Antarctica, held their own presidential inaugural celebration on Jan. 20.

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Wallace Broecker Wins (Yet Another) Top Prize

Friday, January 16, 2009

Climate Scientist Who Sounded Early Warnings Is Still At Work

Wallace S. Broecker, a geochemist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has received the newly founded Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change Research, one of the world’s largest science prizes. An international jury awarded Broecker the $527,000 prize, from Spain’s Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Foundation, for sounding early alarms about climate change, and for his pioneering work on how the oceans and atmosphere interact.

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Lamont at the American Geophysical Union

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lamont-Doherty scientists are presenting scores of talks at the world’s largest gathering of earth scientists, the fall 2008 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Subjects include unseen natural hazards, changing climate, the fall of ancient civilizations, and how future mankind might turn atmospheric carbon to stone.

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Rocks Could Be Harnessed To Sponge Vast Amounts Of Carbon Dioxide From Air

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Proposed Method Would Speed Natural Reactions a Million Times

Scientists say that a type of rock found at or near the surface in the Mideast nation of Oman and other areas around the world could be harnessed to soak up huge quantities of globe-warming carbon dioxide.

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Geologist Who Linked Cosmic Strike to Dinosaurs' Extinction Takes Top Prize

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Walter Alvarez, the maverick geologist who convinced a skeptical world that dinosaurs and many other living things on Earth were wiped out by a huge fireball from space, has won the highly esteemed Vetlesen Prize. Considered by many the earth sciences’ equivalent of a Nobel...

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Top Science Award Goes to Climate Researcher Wallace Broecker

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Balzan Prize Honors Key Insights Into Changes in Oceans, Atmosphere

Geochemist Wallace Broecker has been working on climate questions at Lamont-Doherty for over 50 years.

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Earthquakes May Endanger New York More Than Thought, Says Study

Monday, August 25, 2008

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Seen As Particular Risk

A study by a group of prominent seismologists suggests that a pattern of subtle but active faults makes the risk of earthquakes to the New York City area much greater than formerly believed.

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Undersea Volcanic Rocks May Offer Vast Repository for Greenhouse Gas

Monday, July 14, 2008

Drilling, experiments, target huge formations off West Coast

Palisades, N.Y., July 14, 2008—A group of scientists has used deep ocean-floor drilling and experiments to show that volcanic rocks off the  West Coast and elsewhere might be used to securely imprison huge amounts of globe-warming carbon dioxide captured from power plants or other sources. In particular, they say that natural chemical reactions under 78,000 square kilometers (30,000 square miles) of ocean floor off California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia could lock in as much as 150 years of U.S. CO2 production

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