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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.

Q&A: Margot Gerritsen on the critical need for energy literacy in the US
Submitted on Mar 6 2012

Margot Gerritsen Although the United States is one of the world's biggest energy consumers, the average American has little knowledge about basic energy issues, says Margot Gerritsen.

Where Solar Power Meets the Oil Field
Submitted on Feb 25 2012

Steam CleanStanford University petroleum engineer Tony Kovscek, an expert in heavy oil recovery and an unpaid advisor to GlassPoint, says he is excited by how easy it is to integrate GlassPoint's system with oil fields burning natural gas. "There's a pretty significant carbon footprint associated with these more viscous oils, and GlassPoint has created the potential to reduce that carbon footprint fairly significantly," says Kovscek.

EU poised for tar sands vote, stalemate likely
Submitted on Feb 25 2012

Adam BrandtAdam Brandt, acting assistant professor in the department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, California, helped the EU come up with its figures using a widely-recognized GHGenius model for calculating emissions over a fuel's life-cycle from wells to wheels.

Pamela Matson and ASSU leaders head senate agenda
Submitted on Feb 9 2012

Pamela Matson

Pamela Matson, left, dean of the School of Earth Sciences, will present a report to the Faculty Senate today. Four student representatives to the Faculty Senate will also give presentations.

The Escape Potential of CO2
Submitted on Feb 2 2012

EMSL user studies CO2 mobility in carbon sequestration: Are geological formations storing carbon dioxide similar to a soft drink bottle – when the lid is opened, the gas escapes into the atmosphere? This is one of the questions Lin Zuo is asking in his study at EMSL on geological carbon sequestration. Zuo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Energy Research Engineering at Stanford University.

Roland Horne Awarded the 2011 Patricius Medal
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Roland Horne was honored for his contributions to the interpretation of well measurements and reconnaissance and modeling of geothermal reservoirs, leading to a better understanding of geothermal resources.

Stanford scientists subject rocks to hellish conditions to combat global warming
Submitted on Dec 12 2011

A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory – all in the name of curbing climate change..."About 60 percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions come from power plants, refineries and other industries," said Sally Benson, a professor of energy resources engineering at Stanford.

Canadian tar Sands Lobby Muddies CO2 Impact
Submitted on Dec 8 2012

The initial extraction is three to five times more carbon emitting than conventional crude recovery, according to a study by Stanford University's Adam Brandt.

Stanford scientists subject rocks to hellish conditions to combat global warming
Submitted on Dec 6 2011

A team of Earth scientists at Stanford University is subjecting chunks of rock to hellish conditions in the laboratory – all in the name of curbing climate change.

Study: Thawing Permafrost Will Worsen Global Warming
Submitted on Dec 5 2011

Massive amounts of greenhouse gases trapped below thawing permafrost will likely seep into the air over the next several decades, accelerating and amplifying global warming, scientists warn.