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Introducing the Center for Climate and Life

The just-announced Columbia Center for Climate and Life, led by Lamont's Peter deMenocal, is mobilizing scientists across disciplines to accelerate understanding of how climate impacts life's essentials – food, water, and shelter – and to explore sustainable energy solutions. It's a new way of supporting science at Lamont and bringing together industry, finance, government and scientists to build a more resilient, sustainable world.

New Drought Atlas Maps 2,000 Years of Climate History

Ed Cook and the Tree Ring Lab released their third big drought atlas, using tree ring chronologies to track drying and wetness over 2,000 years across Europe and the Middle East. Together with TRL's North American and Monsoon Asia Drought Atlases, the new atlas builds a picture of long-term climate variability over the Northern Hemisphere. 

Declining Snowpack May Cut Many Nations' Water

In a new study, Justin Mankin identifies 32 snowmelt-dependent regions with large populations most at risk of declining water supplies in the coming century. They include large parts of the American West, southern Europe, the Mideast and central Asia and range from productive farmland to war-torn regions already in the grip of water shortages.

Ancient Faults, Seawater Triggering Alaska Earthquakes

Donna Shillington found something usual in seismic surveys off the Alaska Peninsula. Faults that developed in the sea floor millions of years ago are becoming active again as the oceanic plate bends, and they are dragging down massive amounts of water, contributing to frequent earthquakes in some unexpected ways.

More Research 


Earth's Magnetic Field: About to Flip or Just Returning to Normal?  Dennis Kent

Peat Fires Choking S.E. Asia Pose a New Threat to Global Climate  Jonathan Nichols

Climate Change Leaves Its Mark on the Sea Floor? Maybe Not  Jean-Arthur Olive

Catch Up with Our Scientists 


Christopher Scholz Wins Top Honor in Seismology  Christopher Scholz

In Hawaii, Living with Lava  Einat Lev

Exploring Rugged Hills & Turbulent Waters 4,500 Meters Down  Louis Clément

Chasing Microbes in Antarctica: A Field Blog  Jeff Bowman

Decoding the Mysteries of the Ross Ice Shelf  Margie Turrin & ROSETTA Team

Video and Podcasts


Video: Exploring Beneath Earth's Changing Ice Sheets  Robin Bell

Video: Penguins: Climate's Canaries in the Coal Mine?  Hugh Ducklow

Video: On the Marcus G. Langseth  Sean Higgins, Donna Shillington & Greg Mountain

Podcast: El Niño and its Connection to Extreme Weather Adam Sobel

Podcast: How We Fix It: Turning CO2 into Rock  Peter Kelemen

In the News 


Guardian: Scientists Warned the U.S. President about Global Warming 50 Years Ago   Wally Broecker

SciDev: Meet the Man Who Tries to Predict the Unpredictable: El Niño Mark Cane

PBS NOVA: How Panama Changed the World Conny Class

Times of India: What Mumbai Needs to Learn from Superstorm Sandy Adam Sobel

Scientific American: Submarines and Sea Monkeys Kyle Frischkorn
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