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Scientists debate causes of California drought
Submitted on December 8, 2014

A new government report concludes that natural ocean variability, and not climate change, is responsible for California's ongoing drought. But Noah Diffenbaugh says the causes of the drought are "very complex, with multiple components."

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells
Submitted on December 9, 2014

A new study that aims to pinpoint the source of natural gas leaks from wells looks solid and addresses a major problem associated with fracking, says Rob Jackson.

Rains to provide short-term relief for California drought, says Stanford researcher
Submitted on December 10, 2014

Stanford researcher Daniel Swain said the upcoming rainstorms this week – among the largest in recent years – will provide a short-term respite to California's drought, by far the state's most intense in the historical record. The rain will be good for ecosystems, salmon runs and reservoirs.

Urban agriculture on the rise
Submitted on November 20, 2014

A new study by Eric Lambin finds that the land in and around cities are increasingly becoming important centers of food production worldwide.

Stanford and KQED launch e-book series on climate change
Submitted on December 4, 2014

Chris Field, Rob Jackson, and Michael Mastrandrea contributed to the new four-part iBooks Textbook series, Clue into Climate, which can be downloaded for free on iPad.

Reopen Barnett Shale water probe
Submitted on December 1, 2014

Rob Jackson argues in a new op-ed that based on new findings from his team, the EPA should reopen its investigation into whether oil and gas drilling contaminated the water supplies of homeowners living atop the Barnett Shale in Texas.

Thanks to the top teachers
Submitted on November 11, 2014

Professors in the School of Earth Sciences who are making ongoing and consistent contributions to teaching were recognized at a recent faculty dinner.

Awesome jobs: Meet Kevin Arrigo, biological oceanographer
Submitted on November 7, 2014

Kevin Arrigo studies some of the teeny tiniest organisms on the planet -- microscopic plants called Phytoplankton. To get at what makes these itty bitties tick he climbs aboard giant ice-breaking ships and heads out to the planet’s icy North and South where they are the most active.

Study in paradise: Stanford professors turn Hawaii into a living science classroom
Submitted on November 7, 2014

The best way to learn science is to actually do it. Students in the School of Earth Science's Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii spend the quarter measuring vegetation, coral reefs and volcanoes to understand the dynamics of one of the planet's most interesting ecosystems.

WATCH: Undergraduates help demystify Earth's climate system
Submitted on November 7, 2014

Earth Systems sophomores Emma Hutchinson and Mary Cirino researched Earth's climate and extracted paleoclimate information from lake sediments and tropical corals collected by Professor Rob Dunbar and his graduate students.