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Google Doodle Celebrates Marie Tharp, Who Mapped the Ocean Floor

Tharp co-published the first world map of the ocean floors and helped prove the theory of continental drift.

by |November 28, 2022

How Studying the Clouds Can Improve Climate Models

Kara Lamb discusses her research using machine learning to study cirrus clouds and how it can increase the accuracy of climate models.

by Elise Gout |November 23, 2022
a woman sits next to a cookstove with an open flame and smoke

Traditional Cookstoves: Fueling a Health and Climate Crisis?

Switching to cleaner cookstoves can save lives, cut carbon emissions, and promote gender equality. At COP27, world leaders should take steps to ensure universal clean cooking access by 2030.

by Benjamin Ritter and Kevin Karl |November 14, 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
Comparison of installation costs of residential solar, commercial rooftop solar, and utility-scale solar.

Solar Panels Reduce CO2 Emissions More Per Acre Than Trees — and Much More Than Corn Ethanol

A response to a recent essay in the New York Times.

by Matthew Eisenson |October 26, 2022

How Do We Clean Up All That Ocean Plastic?

A number of organizations are attempting to clean up the water, but solving the problem of ocean plastic pollution will also require big changes on land.

by |October 13, 2022

Highlights From the 2022 Lamont Open House

Visitors played with glacial goo, watched trash cans erupt with water and ping pong balls, and performed hands-on science experiments — all while learning how Lamont researchers help us understand our planet.

by |October 10, 2022
squash plants on a farm

Stop Making Farmers Pay to Fight Climate Change

Regenerative agriculture is one way to farm more sustainably. The Farm Bill, up for renewal in 2023, could play a key role in helping this solution come to fruition.

by Cassidy Pearson |October 6, 2022
Hurricane Ian flooding aftermath

Hurricane Ian’s Aftermath: A Rising Death Toll and Questions About Preparedness

A disaster preparedness expert weighs in on the many factors that can complicate decisions around evacuations and preparedness.

by |October 5, 2022
New York City Gridlock

Data Dive: NYC Traffic Trends, Street Safety and Public Health

Professor Peter Muennig discusses the state of New York City’s streets, and what could be done to make them safer.

by |September 27, 2022