Renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants

March 9, 2016

By Mark Shwartz

Stanford scientists have discovered a novel way to make plastic from carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses.  Researchers say the new technology could provide a low-carbon alternative to plastic bottles and other items currently made from petroleum.

Does living near an oil or natural gas well affect your drinking water?

Feb. 14, 2016

By Mark Shwartz

“The answer to the question is usually ‘no,’ but there are exceptions,” said Rob Jackson, a professor of Earth system science at Stanford University. 

An expert on the health impacts of fossil-fuel extraction, Jackson has studied groundwater quality at oil and gas fields throughout the United States. 

After the Paris Agreement, what is next for climate change policy?

Jan. 28, 2016

By May Wong

Leading climate experts headlining a recent Stanford panel discussion presented optimistic outlooks and a dose of skepticism about the Paris Agreement, reflecting the debate sure to surround the historic accord and its policy implications.