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Eric Lambin wins 2014 Volvo Environmental Prize
Submitted on October 20, 2014

A pioneer in the analysis of global land use change, Lambin employs advanced data collection and satellite imagery to understand human decision making and its influence on ecosystems and global environmental change.

The climate change conversation you haven't heard
Submitted on October 20, 2014

Moderated by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, panelists including Prof. Chris Field will discuss climate change, its impacts, dangers and possible solutions on Oct. 24, 9 a.m.

Can we feed the world in the 21st century?
Submitted on October 14, 2014

All countries, including wealthy economies like the United States, struggle with problems of food availability, access, and nutrition, said Stanford professor Rosamond Naylor in an Earth Matters lecture on the challenge of alleviating global hunger.

Causes of California Drought Linked to Climate Change
Submitted on September 30, 2014

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California’s crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today’s global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases, Stanford scientists say.

Weak wells, not fracking, caused drinking water contamination
Submitted on September 16, 2014

A new study coauthored by Rob Jackson cast doubt on the claim that hydraulic fracturing is causing drinking water to be contaminated by methane. "In about half the cases we believe the contamination came from poor cementing and in the other half it came from well casings that leaked," Jackson said.

Stanford ‘Geniuses’ Reflect Back
Submitted on September 15, 2014

Earth Sciences professors Kevin Boyce and David Lobell discuss the unexpected benefits of winning 2013 MacArthur Fellowships.

Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking
Submitted on September 15, 2014

Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. We can do better, the authors say.

New farming practices can increase yields and lower pollution in China, Stanford study shows
Submitted on September 15, 2014

An integrated approach to managing soil and crops could help meet the demand of rapidly rising population while reducing greenhouse gases that drive climate change

Lightning Outbreak Forecasted for Bay Area
Submitted on August 12, 2014

All of Northern California is at risk of increased lightning strikes and wildfires over the next 72 hours, writes Daniel Swain.

Matson named to new U.S. food and agriculture foundation
Submitted on July 31, 2014

Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson was appointed to the board of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture