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These stories offer a glimpse of the many ways in which faculty and students are addressing some of today's greatest challenges in the Earth and environmental sciences.

Financial, Energy Costs of Scrubbing CO2 Directly From Atmosphere Grossly Underestimated
Submitted on Dec 12 2011

Researcher Jennifer Wilcox, of Stanford University, quoted in Mongabay: "Direct air capture sounds great in theory. In reality though a lot of energy is required. Using fossil-based energy sources to capture and regenerate the carbon dioxide could readily result in more carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere than is captured. For direct air capture to be feasible, carbon-free energy, such as solar or wind, is required. But that carbon-free energy would be used more effectively to replace CO2-emitting power plants... Ultimately, society needs to move completely away from carbon-based energy resources."

The EU clash with Canada over oil from tar sands
Submitted on Nov 22 2011

A study by Adam Brandt at Stanford University, California, found there was some uncertainty, but greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production were "significantly different enough from conventional oil emissions that regulatory frameworks should address this discrepancy".

Curtis Hays Whitson Receives Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal from SPE/AIME
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The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored Dr. Curtis Hays Whitson, Founder & CTO at Petrostreamz, and BS Stanford, '78, with the Anthony F. Lucas Gold Medal at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference.

SPE International Student Paper Contest 2011
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Zhouyuan (Zee) Zhu took first place in the PhD Division and Guenther Glatz placed second.

Are Oil Pipelines Safer Now?
Submitted on Oct 3 2011

The economic pressures to develop the oil sands are enormous. Much of the world’s “easy” conventional oil has been found, and OPEC and the former Soviet Union hold most of what is left.

More on Tar, Oil, Pipelines and Presidents
Submitted on Sep 8 2011

Adam Brandt, a Stanford University researcher focused on oil and alternative fuels:

Stanford's Woods Institute awards 2011 round of Environmental Venture Projects
Submitted on Jun 24 2011

Seven Stanford faculty teams have been awarded Woods Institute Environmental Venture Projects grants for research that tackles global sustainability challenges.

The great Gulf oil spill: Stanford experts explain what went wrong
Submitted on Nov 29 2010

How could it happen? The details of the Deepwater Horizon disaster will be thrashed out in a public talk Tuesday evening by three Stanford experts: geophysicist Mark Zoback, Law School lecturer Meg Caldwell and energy engineer Roland Horne.

Bihter Padak Awarded Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship
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Bihter Padak, a PhD student in Energy Resources Engineering, was one of nine recipients of the 2010 Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship.

SPE International Student Paper Contest 2010
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Taku Ide won first place in the SPE International Student Paper Contest.