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A story about the difficulties teachers confront when discussing climate science in the face of both skeptical parents and hostile state laws.

May 4, 2012

It may never be as well known as the Cretaceous extinction, the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Yet the much earlier Permian extinction — 252 million years ago — was by far the most catastrophic of the planet’s five known paroxysms of species loss.

May 2, 2012

Where some might gaze out at the San Francisco Bay glittering under a gentle sun and see nature in a state of serenity, Ethan Estess can’t help but see a paradise that has been ravaged by human pollution, especially disposable plastics.

April 19, 2012

Professors Dennis Bird and Norman Sleep demonstrate that the mantle preserves a concentrated biological record throughout Earth history---thus giving expectation of finding a Hadean record of life.

April 9, 2012

The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about 200,000 cubic meters of natural gas per day, enough, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, to supply more than 100 average homes with natural gas for an entire year. Total estimates that it may take six months to stop the leak.

April 6, 2012

"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