News & Features

Following are news releases, features and updates about GISS research for the current year. Archives of past highlights are available for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.

Separate listings are available for news releases, research features, science briefs and video.

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No Major U.S. Hurricane Landfalls in Nine Years: Luck?

The United States hasn't experienced the landfall of a Category 3 or larger hurricane in nine years — a string of years that's likely to come along only once every 177 years. (2015-05-13)
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NASA's Exoplanet Nexus — 2. Looking to the Stars

While NASA GISS was opening the eyes of the world to new areas of Earth systems science, its research roots in planetary science continued. That expertise will now be applied to exoplanet systems science. (2015-04-23)
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NASA's Exoplanet Nexus — 1. A History in Climate Studies

NASA GISS is providing atmosphere and climate expertise to the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science. GISS has been a key player in the study of planetary climates and atmospheres for decades. (2015-04-21)
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GISS to Help Lead Search for Habitable Exoplanets

NASA announced the creation of the Nexus for Exoplanet Systems Science network that will study planets beyond our solar system for habitability and other features. (2015-04-21)
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Increased Tropic Rainfall Caused by More Frequent Big Storms

In what has been called a "rich-get-richer" pattern in which an increase in large, well-organized thunderstorms is boosting rainfall in the wettest regions of the tropics. (2015-03-25)
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Study Assesses Fragility of Global Food System

As global food networks become more complex and interdependent, how concerned should we be about the stability of the system being disrupted by geopolitical, economic, and climatic events? (2015-03-19)
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NASA Science Leads New York City Climate Change Report

New report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 details significant future increases in temperature, precipitation and sea level in the New York metropolitan area. (2015-02-17)
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Carbon Emissions Could Dramatically Increase Risk of U.S. Megadroughts

Droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years, according to a new NASA study. (2015-02-12)
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Why So Many Global Temperature Records?

You could hardly miss the media stories about how the past year ranked in terms of global temperatures. Astute readers may ask: how do different institutions come up with slightly different numbers for the same planet? (2015-01-21)
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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (2015-01-16)
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