How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate ocean-science dna biology geology climate-change microbes evolution genetics bacteria earth-and-atmospheric-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe

Continuing a legacy of Antarctic exploration

The Summons Lab compares lipids from Antarctic microbial communities to century-old samples.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Nov. 22, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science biology climate climate-change evolution research animals earth-and-atmospheric-sciences geology ecology environment microbes bacteria genetics

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted

Study finds even the tallest ice cliffs should support their own weight rather than collapsing catastrophically.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment fluid-dynamics global-warming research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf


An escape route for carbon

Study shows minerals sequester carbon for thousands of years, which may explain oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: carbon eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology research school-of-science nasa national-science-foundation-nsf climate-change

Ocean activity is key controller of summer monsoons

Results may help researchers interpret ancient monsoon variations, predict future activity in the face of climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment global-warming research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf


Earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans

Study finds shallow bodies of water were probably more suitable for Earth’s first life forms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 12, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: biology chemistry evolution eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment planetary-science research school-of-science rna

Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages, study finds

Major tectonic collisions near the equator have caused three ice ages in the last 540 million years.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | March 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology planetary-science research school-of-science

3 Questions: Josh Moss on tackling urban pollution

PhD student Josh Moss uses computer modeling and physical experiments to examine the key transformations that emissions undergo in the atmosphere.

Taylor De Leon | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Feb. 22, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering pollution research 3-questions students graduate postdoctoral earth-and-atmospheric-sciences emissions

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