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Saturday, September 19, 2015

In an op-ed, Chris Field and Noah Diffenbaugh explain why a rainy winter brought about by a strong El Niño won't be enough to pull California out of drought.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Stanford Earth scientists find that the evidence for a recent pause in the rate of global warming lacks a sound statistical basis.

A new study co-authord by Ken Caldeira found that burning all the world's coal, oil and natural gas would lead to temperature increases that would melt Antarctica's ice sheet and raise sea level more than 200 feet.

September 11, 2015

Brain scans reveal how people make decisions to protect environmental resources and show why environmental philanthropy might be unique.

September 11, 2015

Stanford study proves pipeline replacement programs are effective

Replacing older natural gas pipelines reduces leaks and improves consumer safety.

September 9, 2015

Ice sheets may be more resilient than thought

A new study by PhD students Matthew Winnick and Jeremy Caves suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.

September 4, 2015
Rain over San Francisco, photo by Brocken Inaglory

This year's El Niño might be one of the strongest on record. Stanford Earth PhD candidate Daniel Swain discusses what to expect in California.

August 21, 2015
Scientists on a zodiac in West Antarctic Peninsula

Melting glaciers feed Antarctic food chain

New Stanford Earth research reveals that large areas of open water in the Southern Ocean are benefiting phytoplankton blooms that help support the Antarctic food chain and mitigate the effects of climate change.

August 11, 2015

Human conflict heats up with global warming

A chance course at Stanford and a study-abroad trip to Nepal changed the trajectory of Marshall Burke’s career, leading him to a human-focused approach to studying climate change.

April 2, 2015

For carbon dioxide emissions, a backup plan to business as usual

With global carbon dioxide levels recently exceeding 400 parts per million and global carbon emissions projected to continue rising for the next several decades, the National Research Council commissioned a two-part report to learn more about potential interventions.

March 16, 2015
shasta lake

Warming temperatures implicated in recent California droughts

In California, dry years coupled with warm conditions are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to increase under anthropogenic climate change. 

March 2, 2015

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