Press Release Archives - State of the Planet

A Study Offers New Insights Into the Record 2021 Western North America Heat Wave

Several weeks during summer 2021 saw heat records in the western United States and Canada broken not just by increments, but by tens of degrees, an event of unprecedented extremity. To what degree was it climate change, bad luck, or a combination?

by |November 24, 2022

Building Green Energy Facilities May Produce Substantial Carbon Emissions, Says Study

Moving from fossil fuels to solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable energy sources will by itself create a new stream of carbon emissions with the construction so much new infrastructure. The good news: Speeding the transition would greatly reduce this effect.

by |November 21, 2022
map shows distribution of green roofs across NYC's five boroughs, mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn

New Study Provides First Look at Green Roof Distribution Across NYC

The data reveal that only a tiny fraction of buildings have green roofs, and most are in wealthy areas.

by |November 1, 2022

Too Little, Too Late: Study Examines Why the Endangered Species Act Fails

Most species are not receiving protection until their populations are precariously small, thus dimming their prospects of recovery.

by |October 12, 2022

Scientists Say a Shipwreck Off Patagonia Is a Long-Lost 1850s Rhode Island Whaler

In 1858, a sailing ship left Warren, R.I., to hunt the globe for whales, and never returned. Where did it end up? Researchers from the southern and northern hemispheres joined to investigate.

by |August 24, 2022

Científicos afirman que un naufragio en la costa de Patagonia es un ballenero norteamericano perdido en 1859

En 1858, un velero partió de una ciudad costera del noreste de Estados Unidos para cazar ballenas alrededor del mundo y nunca regresó. ¿Dónde terminó? Investigadores de los hemisferios sur y norte se unieron para dar respuesta a este misterio.

by |August 24, 2022

Dinosaurs Took Over Amid Ice, Not Warmth, Says a New Study of Ancient Mass Extinction

There is new evidence that ancient high latitudes, to which early dinosaurs were largely relegated, regularly froze over, and that the creatures adapted—an apparent key to their later dominance.

by |July 1, 2022
graph shows tropical cyclones increasing until 1900 and decreasing afterward

Tropical Cyclones Are Dropping in Number, Study Says

Using historical records and model data, researchers have for the first time shown that the annual number of tropical cyclones dropped during the 20th century compared with the late 19th century.

by |June 27, 2022

Biennial Index Finds the World Is Lagging on Environmental and Climate Goals

A handful of countries, including the United States, may emit half the world’s greenhouse gases by 2050.

by |June 1, 2022

Community-Led Science Uncovers High Air Pollution From Fracking in Ohio County

In a collaboration that included Columbia researchers, Belmont County residents set up a low-cost sensor network that is helping them fight for clean air.

by |May 25, 2022