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Estimated social cost of climate change too low

A new study by Frances Moore and Delavane Diaz finds that the ‘social cost’ of one ton of carbon dioxide emissions may not be $37, as previously estimated by a recent U.S. government study, but $220.

Alumnus Owen Liu authors climate change book for kids

The illustrated book, titled "The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis", is an adventure-meets-science novel that aims to entertain while educating children about the science of climate change.

Chinese aquaculture can tip the balance in world fish supplies

A new study by Roz Naylor and postdoctoral scholar Ling Cao offers the clearest picture to date of China’s enormous impact on wild fisheries. The study also presents a more sustainable alternative to the current practice of using wild-caught fish to feed farm-raised fish.

2015 could be tipping point on climate talks

Chris Field predicts 2015 could be be a big year for local, state, national, and international discussions about climate change solutions.


The Earth sciences, in cartoons

PhD geoscientist Miles Traer is capturing the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting  by cartooning about talks, posters and more.  Multimedia producer for the School of Earth Sciences, Traer is partnering with AGU on the project.

Mechanism that accelerated 2011 Japan earthquake identified

The fault responsible for the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake had been relieving stress at a gradually accelerating rate for years before the 2011 quake, according to findings from Prof. Paul Segall's research group.

Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

Adam Brandt received a sustainable energy award to conduct an economic assessment on energy systems that use multiple feedstocks. The award was one of eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million distributed by Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center.

Inaugural nature research award to Chamberlain

Stanford’s Page Chamberlain received the first Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research for his innovative work in Earth system dynamics, including advancing the understanding of the carbon cycle and climate and precipitation patterns over millions of years. 

Rains to provide short-term relief for California drought

Daniel Swain says the upcoming rainstorms this week – among the largest in recent years – will provide a short-term respite to California's drought, by far the state's most intense drought in the historical record. The rain will be good for ecosystems, salmon runs and reservoirs.

Scientists track down serious methane leaks In natural gas wells

A new study that aims to pinpoint the source of natural gas leaks from wells looks solid and addresses a major problem associated with fracking, says Rob Jackson.

Scientists debate causes of California drought

A new government report concludes that natural ocean variability, and not climate change, is responsible for California's ongoing drought. But Noah Diffenbaugh says the causes of the drought are "very complex, with multiple components."

Freshwater challenge

Earlier this fall, a team led by Rosemary Knight performed an ambitious experiment to determine the extent of ocean saltwater intrusion into freshwater aquifers in the Monterey Bay region.

Stanford and KQED launch e-book series on climate change

Chris Field, Rob Jackson, and Michael Mastrandrea contributed to the new four-part iBooks Textbook series, Clue into Climate, which can be downloaded for free on iPad.

Former Earth Sciences Dean appointed to Dept of Energy post

Lynn Orr has been confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the Department of Energy.

Reopen Barnett Shale water probe

Rob Jackson argues in a new op-ed that based on new findings from his team, the EPA should reopen its investigation into whether oil and gas drilling contaminated the water supplies of homeowners living atop the Barnett Shale in Texas.

The cold hard truth about Chilean sea bass

The world's only true "wild" ocean is being exploited–and it proves devastating to marine species such as the Antarctic and Patagonian toothfishes, which are sold across the world under the name "Chilean sea bass", says Cassandra Brooks.

Urban agriculture on the rise

A new study by Eric Lambin finds that the land in and around cities are increasingly becoming important centers of food production worldwide. 


How data is helping revolutionize agriculture

David Lobell is using data to help increase the efficiancy of growing staple crops such as wheat, rice, and corn.

Sensory Earth Image

Expanding our senses to investigate Earth

Sensory Earth tells multimedia stories about how geoscientists use advanced technologies in creative ways to improve our sensory perceptions.  From stunning radar images to sounds of screaming volcanoes, we learn more about the planet when more of our senses are engaged.  Come explore our strange and wonderful world.

Sensory Earth - Seeing Groundwater From Space

Geophysicists Jessica Reeves, Rosemary Knight, and Howard Zebker use satellite radar technology to view water buried hundreds of feet underground from hundreds of miles above, with guest appearences by Arthur C. Clarke and Cruella de Vil.

Study in paradise: Stanford professors turn Hawaii into a living science classroom

The best way to learn science is to actually do it. Students in the School of Earth Science's Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii spend the quarter measuring vegetation, coral reefs and volcanoes to understand the dynamics of one of the planet's most interesting ecosystems.

Awesome jobs: Meet Kevin Arrigo, biological oceanographer

Kevin Arrigo studies some of the teeny tiniest organisms on the planet -- microscopic plants called Phytoplankton. To get at what makes these itty bitties tick he climbs aboard giant ice-breaking ships and heads out to the planet’s icy North and South where they are the most active.

Eight foods that are at risk due to climate change

Coffee is one of several foods that could be impacted by the effects of a warming world, David Lobell says.

Margot Gerritsen

Excellence in education

Energy Resources Engineering Prof. Margot Gerritsen was named a Stanford Bass Fellow for contributions to undergraduate education.


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