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December 8, 2014

Scientists debate causes of California drought

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."

December 9, 2014

Scientists Track Down Serious Methane Leaks In Natural Gas Wells

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.

December 10, 2014

Rains to provide short-term relief for California drought, says Stanford researcher

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.

November 20, 2014

Urban agriculture on the rise

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

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Upcoming Events

May 29

Earth Systems/ESS (Earth System Science) Annual BBQ and Volleyball Tournament

3:00 PM - Mudd Chemistry Field
Earth Systems Program, Department of Earth System Science

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Graduate Student Adventures

I spend a lot of time every year up at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, or “SSRL” for short. It’s part of the Stanford National Accelerator Lab, which is managed by Stanford for the US Department of Energy. A synchrotron is a particle accelerator in which a beam of electrons goes around in circles at very near the speed of light. Using magnets, the electrons are turned or wiggled – turning or wiggling the electrons produces very bright light which can be used to examine many different kinds of materials from the environment.