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Global fossil-fuel emissions could decline in 2015, Stanford-led study finds

An international research team reports that the rapid increase in global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels has slowed in the past two years.

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Stanford scientists develop 'Shazam for earthquakes'

A new algorithm designed to find matching seismic signals in large earthquake databases could find previously missed microquakes.

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Stanford scientists solve mystery of arsenic release into groundwater

Bacteria living in shallow sediment layers of permanently flooded wetlands in Asia drive arsenic release into water by feeding on freshly deposited plant material, a new study finds.

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Stanford study finds promise in expanding renewables based on results in three major economies

A new Stanford study found that renewable energy can make a major and increasingly cost-effective contribution to alleviating climate change.

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Textbooks inaccurately present science on climate change as uncertain and doubtful, Stanford research shows

Stanford research shows that some California science textbooks by major publishers portray climate change as a debate over different opinions rather than as scientific fact.

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Stanford researcher suggests storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson's proposal addresses the issue of how to affordably store wind, water and solar power.

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Stanford researchers develop new way to measure crop yields from space

A Stanford-led team has used satellites to measure a special light emitted by plants to estimate crop yields with more accuracy than ever before.  

Aerial view as Central Energy Facility nears completion in November 2014 / Todd Quam

Stanford issues statement on climate change ahead of Paris conference

With an international conference on climate change approaching, Stanford issues a call for global leaders to look to universities for solutions – and highlights steps Stanford has taken to implement sustainable practices.

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Stanford researchers' calculations reveal higher-than-expected global economic cost of climate change

Stanford-Cal collaboration finds that without climate change mitigation, even wealthy countries will see an economic downturn by 2100.  

Zachary Brown in kayak approaching the Hobbit Hole, Alaska / Zachary Brown

Stanford grad's trek on the edge of wilderness

Zachary Brown defended his thesis, then traveled 2,300 miles by foot and by kayak to establish an Alaskan field school, where he hopes to inspire the next generation's understanding of the environment.