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"We mostly experience weather and climate through the extreme," said one of the report's top editors, Chris Field, an ecologist with the Carnegie Institution of Washington [and professor, Department of Environmental Earth System Science, School of Earth Sciences]. "That's where we have the losses. That's where we have the insurance payments. That's where things have the potential to fall apart.

March 28, 2012

Pam Matson, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University and Chair, National Resource Council Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change, was in town last week, reiterating again that the science on climate change is in: It’s real. It’s largely human-created. She’s got a short video summarizing the latest.

March 23, 2012

A powerful earthquake Tuesday that centered along the Pacific coast of southern Mexico occurred in a region with a history of unleashing damaging jolts, scientists say. Since 1973, the seismically active coast has been rocked by 15 major quakes magnitude-7 or larger. The deadliest occurred in 1985 when a magnitude-8 struck, sending shock waves to Mexico City that killed thousands.

March 21, 2012

A pair of university studies that came out over the past few months, one from the University of Texas and the other from Stanford, showed the process of fracking itself doesn't appear to pose a risk to drinking water. The studies found no record of a drinking water supply being contaminated by fracking fluids injected into shale formations several thousand feet below the Earth's surface. But the studies reported that shoddy drilling practices, accidents and poor oversight above ground have led to contaminated water wells.

March 9, 2012

By mid-century, the world is going to need about twice as much energy as is consumed today. The discovery that we can produce these enormous quantities of natural gas from shales is a tremendous breakthrough.

March 2, 2012

Sally Benson says it would be foolhardy to abandon plans to siphon off the carbon dioxide from industrial emissions and store it underground. The concept, known widely as “carbon capture and sequestration,” or CCS, has been a slow starter in the U.S. In fact, worldwide, there are only a handful of working projects.

February 24, 2012

Armed with new technology called Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar), the team of scientists lead by Greg Asner from the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University laser-scanned the forest cover at the rate of 139 square miles per hour.

February 10, 2012

The second annual Climate Science Day provided a non-partisan opportunity for scientists of many disciplines to build relationships and provide members of Congress access to the best possible climate science information.

February 8, 2012

The best solution to the climate impasse, in other words, and to get science back into the national conversation, is probably not more data. And it's certainly not more heated debate. Rather, it lies in finding ways to talk across political and cultural divides, and within communities and organizations. Democracy, in other words. The way it was meant to be.

February 6, 2012

Extreme heat can cause wheat crops to age faster and reduce yields, a U.S.-led study shows, underscoring the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population as the world warms.

January 30, 2012

Fortunes are made and lost on “disruptive events” that seem to catch us off-guard.  Deep down, however, we all know that most disruptive events aren’t so much unseen before the fact as they are ignored.

January 5, 2012

Some climate strategists are looking beyond the United Nations and the idea of remaking the energy economy — and toward the world's tropical forests.

December 13, 2011