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Earth from space

Stanford researcher declares that the sixth mass extinction is here

Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise.  

solar and wind power

Stanford researcher identifies strategy to guide consumers to green energy choices

Sebastian Lotz, a research fellow at Stanford, has shown that behavioral decision design can nudge people to purchase clean, renewable energy plans over fossil fuel.

Mark Zobeck and Fatemeh Rassoulil at computers. /Photo: Stacy H.Geiken

New research initiative at Stanford to comprehensively study development and use of natural gas

Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative will research many questions related to the responsible development of natural gas as a fuel supply in the United States and around the world.

solar and wind power

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.

Farmer mowing alfalfa

Crop adjustments may lessen climate change's economic effects, Stanford economist says

Stanford economist Dave Donaldson found that the impact of climate change might amount for just a .26 percent reduction in global gross domestic product if farmers are able to switch what types of crops they grow.

supercapacitor made of designer carbon by Zhenan Bao and colleagues / John To and Zheng Chen

New 'designer carbon' from Stanford boosts battery performance

The new material significantly improves the performance of batteries and supercapacitors.

Lawn sprinkler

Stanford professor developing water usage model that could help California meet conservation goals

Stanford economist Frank Wolak is creating a customer-level water demand model that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules for California.

African elephant

Stanford researcher imagines a world without large, plant-eating animals

Stanford biologist Rodolfo Dirzo and a team of ecologists forecast enormous ecological, social and economic costs from the loss of large herbivores, but offer some solutions.

Blue whale surfacing in Gulf of the Farallones, California / NOAA

Blue whales lack the ability to avoid cargo ships, says Stanford biologist

As the largest animals in the ocean, blue whales have not evolved defensive behaviors. New research by Stanford biologist Jeremy Goldbogen suggests this might explain why the whales are so prone to ship collisions.  

fracking operations at a well pad near a farm / Robert Jackson

New federal rules on hydraulic fracturing a good start, say Stanford experts

Hydraulic fracturing has unleashed massive new supplies of natural gas, as well as anxiety about contaminated drinking water and earthquakes.