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science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment


March 7, 2016

On the fifth anniversary of the partial meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, Stanford's Rodney Ewing says we should rethink our language, reassess natural disaster risks and appreciate the links between nuclear energy and renewables.

Mark Zoback
February 22, 2016
Research by Stanford Earth's Mark Zoback finds that the recent spike in triggered earthquakes in Oklahoma is primarily due to the injection of wastewater produced during oil production.
Woman filling containers with water
February 19, 2016

The answer to the question is usually ‘no,’ but there are exceptions, says Rob Jackson.

Sally Benson at podium
February 19, 2016

Stanford’s Sally Benson talks energy systems analysis at MIT.


February 11, 2016

The amount of methane leaking from the gas leak in Aliso Canyon is comparable to the output of whole countries, Rob Jackson says.

January 22, 2016
America’s nuclear waste is accumulating at over seventy sites in 39 states – but there is no clear way forward for its final disposal.
January 22, 2016

Rob Jackson breaks down the massive natural gas storage facilities leak in Southern California.

January 22, 2016

The same geologic forces that helped stitch the supercontinent Pangea together also helped form the ancient coal beds that powered the Industrial Revolution.


January 15, 2016

Rod Ewing and coauthors warn that a proposal to bury plutonium in New Mexico underestimates the risks.

December 17, 2015

Stanford Earth’s multimedia producer Miles Traer captures the latest scientific discoveries presented at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in this ongoing series of cartoons drawn live from the event.

December 9, 2015

An international research team reports that the rapid increase in global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels has slowed in the past two years, underlining the need for action to permanently lower emissions.