News and Feature Articles

2019 News and Feature Articles

Rising Sea Levels, Frequent Floods: Effects on NYC Neighborhoods

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Neighborhoods on NYC's Queens and Brooklyn shorelines will see more frequent "nuisance flooding" as sea levels rise due to climate change.

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Smoke Blankets Borneo

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Fires burning in peat deposits in Indonesia release gases and particles with consequences for public health and the climate.

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Scientists Simulate Ancient Lunar Atmosphere at NCCS

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Using NASA Center for Climate Simulation computing resources, exoplanet modelers simulated a thin, relatively short-lived atmosphere.

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A Devastating Stall by Hurricane Dorian

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A remarkable slowdown by the hurricane led to a prolonged lashing from winds, waves, and rain that devastated Grand Bahama Island.

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GISS Scientists Select Best Institute Paper of 2018

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Scientists at NASA/GISS have voted the article “Internal variability and disequilibrium confound estimates of climate sensitivity from observations” by Kate Marvel et al. as the top work among 200 research publications by institute staff published in 2018.

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A Drier Future Sets the Stage for More Wildfires

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Earth's freshwater is moving. Some places are getting much drier, which leaves areas like the American West exposed to fires burning hotter and longer.

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Earth’s Freshwater Future: Extremes of Flood and Drought

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Earth's changing climate is bringing about more extreme droughts and floods, which can have have major consequences for where water is available to drink and grow crops.

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Tropical Cyclones are Stalling More

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Storms in the North Atlantic are lingering longer near the coast, leading to significantly more rainfall.

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Sediment Starvation Destroys Marshes' Resistance to Sea Level Rise

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The steady loss of marshes in New York City's Jamaica Bay is typical of many urban estuaries, where the threat of rising sea level is enhanced by urban encroachment, pollution, and upriver dams.

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New Studies Increase Confidence in Measure of Earth's Temperature

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The first assessment of statistical uncertainty in the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis index shows that recent surface warming trends are significantly larger than the uncertainty in the data.

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NASA Education Program Fosters Climate of Discovery

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The Climate Change Research Initiative at GISS provides a structured research and mentorship experience for educators and students.

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Human Influence on Global Droughts Goes Back 100 Years

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Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century according to new study.

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Choking on Saharan Dust

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A new analysis suggests that exposure to mineral dust may be a bigger cause of premature death in Africa than previously thought.

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ModelE Simulations Assess Impacts of Irrigation on Climate

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Researchers used NCCS supercomputing resources to identify and understand the interactions between simple land-cover change and more complex land-management, including irrigation.

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Wallace Broecker and GISS

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GISS scientists remember friend, mentor, research collaborator, and sometimes foil Wally Broecker of the Columbia Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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2018 was Fourth Warmest Year in Continued Warming Trend

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Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and NOAA.

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