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Powerful tool could unlock secrets of Earth’s interior ocean

A new way of determining the hydrogen content in mantle rocks could lead to improved estimates of Earth’s interior water and a better understanding of our planet’s early evolution.

Geothermal industry grows, with help from oil and gas drilling

The geothermal energy industry is growing, but the high cost of drilling is still a major obstacle, says School of Earth Sciences senior researcher Kewen Li.

Climate change may reduce corn, wheat crop yields

There is as much as a 10 percent chance the rate of corn yields will slow and a 5 percent probability for wheat because of human-caused climate change, said David Lobell.

High school interns bring curiosity and open minds to Stanford labs

With school out for high schools across the Bay Area, students turn toward Stanford labs, including those in the School of Earth Sciences, to find internships. 

VIDEO: The beauty in algebra

In a recent TEDx talk, Margot Gerritsen reveals the beauty that is inherent in the mathematical equations that scientists and engineers use to model everything from ocean tides and blood flow in the heart to internet search engine results and connections in the brain.

Matson named to new U.S. food and agriculture foundation

Earth Sciences Dean Pamela Matson was appointed to the board of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

California drought is 'exceptional'

California experienced its record warmest winter in 2013-2014, and is currently experiencing its warmest year on record to date, writes Daniel Swain in an update about the state's ongoing drought, which he calls "a tale of exceptional dryness and record warmth."

Earth Matters summer issue now available

The latest edition of the School of Earth Sciences e-newsletter features stories about research advances, as well as updates on the school's faculty, students and alumni.

Climate change recorded in tiny sea snails

Larry Taylor, a research fellow with Prof. Jonathan Payne, argues in a recent OpEd that the shells of tiny sea snails are dissolving due to climate change, and people should pay more attention. In LA Times

VIDEO: Professor dishes the dirt on Stanford

In Prof. Scott Fendorf's perennially popular Science of Soils class, students get their hands dirty while learning about the essential properties of soil for life on Earth.  

Finding order in the apparent randomness of Earth's evolving landscape

Eitan Shelef and George Hilley developed powerful mathematical tools to extract three-dimensional information about Earth's evolving landscape from two-dimensional images, with possible applications to channel on Mars and the human circulatory system.

Weighing the value and risks of climate engineering

Roz Naylor and Eric Lambin argue in Nature Climate Change that that immediate global action to address the root cause of climate change is a better and safer alternative to geoengineering.

Satellite to help predict future changes in climate

NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite will make the most precise and accurate measurements of atmospheric CO2 concentrations from space that scientists have ever had, said Anna Michalak, who has been involved in the project for over a decade.

Stanford faculty teams offer bold solutions for people and planet

Adam Brandt's work on developing ways to reduce energy consumption and contamination of drinking water supplies from amine-based CO2 capture techniques is one of several projects that received funding this year from the Environmental Venture Projects seed grant program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Opinion: North Carolina needs fracking reality check

Rob Jackson argues in an op-ed that North Carolina should learn from Poland's failed investments in shale-gas exploration. In

Negative-emissions insurance

In an editorial for the journal Science, Sally Benson discusses the obstacles hindering bioenergy and carbon capture and storage R&D, and offers suggestions for how to overcome them.

Top Highly Cited Researchers

Chris Field, Eric Lambin, David Lobell, and Rob Jackson are among the top 1% of scientists who are most highly cited over the past year, according to a new list by Thomson Reuters.

Mysterious features spotted on Titan

Bright spots in a large lake on Titan suggest that Saturn's largest moon supports processes similar to Earth's water cycle, says Howard Zebker.

Earth Sciences graduates focused on global energy future

2014 PhD recipients are well positioned to tackle the most pressing energy issues facing their generation, from carbon capture and storage to shale gas and providing power to India’s growing population.

Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool

It takes energy to make energy, whether it's renewable or a fossil fuel. Net energy analysis gauges the sustainability of energy technologies over time.

Climate change to worsen air pollution

Computer simulations suggest climate change could lead to increased and prolonged air stagnation events in several regions of the world. These pockets of still air could contribute to hazardous air quality and impact human health.

Air quality to suffer with global warming

Study suggests effects of climate change will slow air circulation around the world. In Nature News

Using satellites to ‘see’ groundwater levels amid drought

Rosemary Knight's team developed a way to measure the amount of groundwater in the Earth from readings taken hundreds of miles above the planet. On KPIX

Obama taps second Earth Sciences professor for key appointment

President Obama nominated Rod Ewing as chair of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Last fall, he nominated Lynn Orr to be Under Secretary for Science at the Department of Energy.


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