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Climate Change

Oroville Dam spillway
February 16, 2017

As workers rush to repair the spillway at California’s Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.

closeup of mosquito
February 8, 2017

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Dan Horton are coauthors on a new study that finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years, but after large outbreaks acquired immunity limits the size of subsequent epidemics.


Wolf Hollow generating station
January 30, 2017

2016 marked the third year in a row when global CO2 emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won’t materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology and sustained growth in renewables.

Graphic of satellite taking images of Earth from space
January 17, 2017

First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.


Infrared image of methane leak in Aliso Canyon.
January 17, 2017

Research by Stanford Earth's Arvind Ravikumar focuses on evaluating methane leak detection technologies and using those insights to inform emissions mitigation policy.

Greenland ice sheet meltwater
January 9, 2017

A team of scientists that includes Stanford Earth's Dustin Schroeder is using airborne ice-penetrating radar to reveal meltwater's life under the Greenland ice throughout the year.

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

cattle with wind farms in the background
December 11, 2016

Reports co-authored by Stanford Earth scientist show concentrations of methane approaching an internationally recognized worst-case scenario and highlight opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel use.

abandoned natural gas well
November 15, 2016

New research finds far more abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania than previously thought and provides a framework for identifying wells across the United States and globally that are the worst methane leakers.

Polar bear standing on an ice flow
November 10, 2016

U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair Fran Ulmer links Arctic science and policy.

Katherine Mach
November 9, 2016

Stanford climate expert comments on opportunities and obstacles for advancing the Paris Agreement, an ambitious global climate pact that recently went into force.