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Microbead skin cleansers can be bad for everyone's health

In a recent op-ed, grad student Lauren Oakes reviewed research on the environmental hazards of the plastic microbeads commonly found in facewash.

Is climate change behind California's current drought?

Stanford scientists are using measurements and computer simulations to investigate the worst drought in California's history.

America's natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix, new study finds

A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation's natural gas system are an important part of the problem. This finding has important implications for natural gas as a possible replacement fuel for coal.

America's natural gas system is leaky and in need of a fix, new study finds

A review of more than 200 earlier studies confirms that U.S. emissions of methane are considerably higher than official estimates. Leaks from the nation's natural gas system are an important part of the problem. 

Video: Adam Brandt explains new study that finds higher U.S. methane emissions

Stanford's Adam Brandt and colleagues have found that methane leakage from the U.S. natural gas infrastructure is much higher than official estimates.

Study finds methane leaks negate climate benefits of natural gas

A surprising new report in Science concludes that switching buses and trucks from traditional diesel fuel to natural gas could actually harm the planet’s climate.

Ross Stein

Addressing the fundamental riddle of earthquakes

USGS geophysicist and alumnus Ross Stein will deliver the Earth Sciences Distinguished Lecture on Feb. 24.

Antarctic Mysteries Lecture Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Prof. Rob Dunbar will deliver the Winter Quarter Earth Matters Lecture thru Stanford's Continuing Studies Program in Cubberley Auditorium. Admission is free.

Deadline for summer research program is February 3

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering program provides a fully funded 8-week research experience combined with a comprehensive training and mentoring, preparing participants for success in graduate school. 


Oceans waves help predict the next "big one"

Scientists figured out a way to use ocean waves to simulate the ground motion that occurs in real earthquakes, and they’ve confirmed that Los Angeles is particularly vulnerable to a large quake along the southern San Andreas Fault.

'Virtual earthquakes' used to forecast Los Angeles quake risk

Stanford scientists have developed a new "virtual earthquake" technique and used it to confirm a prediction that Los Angeles would experience stronger-than-expected ground motion if a major quake occurred along the southern San Andreas Fault.

Nearly 6,000 Gas Leaks Discovered under Washington D.C.

Robert Jackson and his team discovered 5,893 methane gas leaks beneath the nation's capital.

Forecast: More vessels stuck in Antarctic ice

Fishing vessels that follow icebreakers into the Antarctic sea ice run the risk of getting stuck, writes Cassandra Brooks.

Icelandic volcano eruption proves Stanford professor’s hypothesis

A new study confirms a prediction made by Paul Segall that measurements of ground movement near a volcano vary with eruption rate. 

Climate change award to Chris Field

Based in Spain, the BBVA Foundation selected Prof. Chris Field to receive its Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change

Crowd funding for education site in the 49th state

Four Earth Sciences PhD students aim to build an experiential sustainability learning center in Alaska.

A Ridiculously Resilient Ridge and the California drought

Grad student Daniel Swain explains the role of a persistent mass of warm air over the north Pacific Ocean, which he's dubbed the "ridiculously resilient ridge", in California's extreme dry spell.

Happy 2014 from Antarctica

Earth Sciences researchers in Antarctica ring in the New Year with a message for the Michigan State Spartans, who will play Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1.

Chris Field named one of five people to watch in 2014

The journal Nature chose Chris Field as one of five people to watch in 2014 for his work on the upcoming IPCC report on climate change.

Stanford and Carnegie team up to launch online forest monitoring course

Powerful software developed by the Carnegie Institution for Science is now available at no cost to people who complete a training course hosted by Stanford Online.

Probing a mine for clues to carbon sequestration (video)

Stanford scientists are studying a nearby abandoned mine for insights on transforming carbon dioxide gas into a solid mineral that can be permanently stored underground. Kate Maher talks about the research.

Abandoned mine could yield clues to stopping global warming

An abandoned mine in California is providing scientists with important data that could lead to a possible new weapon to fight global warming.

Lobell honored as "global thinker"

The international magazine Foreign Policy selected Prof. David Lobell as one of 100 "Leading Global Thinkers," in good company with others including founder Jeff Bezos, New York Times writer and author Thomas Friedman, and Pope Francis. Lobell was cited for helping farmers feed the world.

Runaway process drives intermediate-depth earthquakes

Stanford researchers have uncovered a vital clue about the mechanism behind a type of earthquake that originates deep within the Earth and accounts for a quarter of all temblors worldwide, some of which are strong enough to pose a safety hazard.



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