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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.

Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming
Submitted on Jun 13 2007

While solar power and hybrid cars have become popular symbols of green technology, Stanford researchers are exploring another path for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas that causes global warming...."The notion is that the sooner we wean ourselves off fossil fuels, the sooner we'll be able to tackle the climate problem," said Sally Benson, executive director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and professor of energy resources engineering.

Biogeochemist Pamela Matson demonstrates ways the natural world can be protected without harming its people.
Submitted on May 1 2007

Pamela Matson and Eve Hinckley are reclining amongst the pinot noir grapevines of the Napa Valley’s famed Carneros wine-making region, two connoisseurs searching for le mot juste. ...They’re not talking wine. They’re talking dirt. Matson, a biogeochemist and the dean of Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences, rises from her crouch, leans on a shovel, and gazes appreciatively at the crumbly pit they have just excavated. “Nice soil, Eve,” she congratulates her graduate student.

Global Climate and Energy Project awards $15 million for research activities
Submitted on Mar 26 2007

Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) Director Franklin M. Orr Jr. has announced a record $15 million in awards for eight research programs and five one-year exploratory research efforts to be conducted at Stanford and a number of other institutions.

Sally Benson named executive director of Global Climate and Energy Project
Submitted on Feb 28 2007

Sally Benson, a staff scientist and former deputy director for operations at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named to the newly created position of executive director of the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP). The project aims to foster the development of global energy solutions that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Launched at Stanford in 2002, GCEP supports collaborative research and has commitments totaling $225 million over a decade or more from its sponsors—ExxonMobil, GE, Schlumberger and Toyota.

Lecture series to explore China’s rapid modernization
Submitted on Nov 27 2006

Take a look at your clothes, your coffee cup, even the chair you're sitting on. Chances are they were made in China. The explosive industrialization sweeping the People's Republic of China is a clear sign of the country's rising prominence on the world scene.

Scholars learn to communicate plainly the science of climate change
Submitted on Nov 15 2006

The Woods Institute for the Environment this month launched the Inter-University Scholars Training Program to improve understanding and communication between university researchers and California policymakers working on climate change.