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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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Jul 17

ESS Ph.D. Dissertation Defense - Matthew Winnick

9:00 AM - Y2E2 Building, Room 299
Department of Earth System Science

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Graduate Student Adventures

Photo of Hari Mix

Hey everyone from middle of nowhere Tajikistan. Whatever it is I've been doing is a combination of mostly suffering and some science as well. I'm collecting rock samples for high altitude microbial life for Dragos Zaharescu at the University of Arizona and Biosphere 2 through a nonprofit called Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. It looks like I've collected samples from a few thousand meters higher than ever before on Lenin Peak.