Goddard Institute for Space Studies Archives - State of the Planet

2022 Tied for Fifth Warmest Year

Last year saw a continuation of the long-term rise in the planet’s average temperature.

by |January 13, 2023

Solar Energy Explains Fast Yearly Retreat of Southern Ocean Sea Ice

Sea ice in the Southern Ocean retreats each year much faster than it develops. This has puzzled scientists, but the explanation turns out to be simple.

by |March 28, 2022

Scientists Find Surprisingly Stable Carbon Uptake by Land and Oceans From Air

Estimates that predate satellite imagery fill in a missing link and imply that oceans and land have been removing carbon from the air more efficiently than previously thought.

by |March 16, 2022

A New Multimedia Package Offers Talks by Top Scientists on Climate Impacts and Adaptation

A printed book supplemented by electronic slides and a webinar series will present authoritative lectures from a wide variety of scientists across the world.

by |February 10, 2022

In Continuing Trend, 2021 Tied for 6th Warmest Year on Modern Record

The past eight years are the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880.

by |January 13, 2022

American Geophysical Union 2021: Key Events From the Columbia Climate School

A guide to some of the most provocative talks at the world’s largest gathering of earth and space scientists.

by |December 7, 2021

Climate Change May Have Huge Impacts on Staple Crops Within 10 Years, Says NASA

The study projects that wheat will do better in temperate regions, but corn production could plummet in warmer ones. Some crops may decline in nutritional value.

by |November 1, 2021

2020 Tied With 2016 as the Hottest Year on Record

Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies find that 2020 was statistically equal with 2016, continuing a long-term trend.

by |January 15, 2021

Even a Limited India-Pakistan Nuclear War Would Bring Global Famine, Says Study

Even a limited nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would cause unprecedented planet-wide food shortages lasting more than a decade.

by |March 16, 2020

In Memoriam: Stuart Gaffin

Columbia University celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Stuart Gaffin, research scientist at The Earth Institute’s Center for Climate Systems Research and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

by |May 1, 2019