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earth matters
science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment
oil rigs at night
July 17, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Neglecting the changing energy requirements of aging oilfields can lead to an underestimate of their true climate impacts.

Europa
July 12, 2017

A flash of green laser followed by pulses of X-rays, and mere nanoseconds later an extraterrestrial form of ice has formed. The miniature crystal reveals how water solidifies under high pressures, like those expected in icy comets, moons and planets.

July 5, 2017

Iron-rich meltwater from Greenland’s glaciers are helping fuel a summer bloom of phytoplankton.

coral in Bikini atoll
June 28, 2017

Stanford researchers are exploring how corals that re-colonized Bikini Atoll after nuclear bomb tests 70 years ago have adapted to persistent radiation. Their work is featured in a PBS series.

June 19, 2017

Scientists, including ones at Stanford, are engaged in a bitter feud about how much of the nation's power can be generated through renewable sources.

hand holding electric plug
June 14, 2017

Stanford scientists have developed a way to wirelessly deliver electricity to moving objects, technology that could one day charge electric vehicles and personal devices like medical implants and cell phones.

thermometer with bright sun and skyline in background
June 1, 2017

The president announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Four Stanford scholars discuss the implications of this decision.

SkyTEM worker
May 31, 2017
Stanford Earth’s Rosemary Knight recently spearheaded a project to map underground freshwater resources and forecast the intrusion of saltwater into aquifers beneath the California coastal town of Marina.
Clouds and lightning in Yellowstone
May 26, 2017

Researchers find strong feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation that explain up to 30 percent of precipitation and surface radiation variance; study reveals large potential for improving seasonal weather predictions.

 

molten iron in steel factory
May 25, 2017

Shocking complex metal mixtures with high pressure could lead to desirable properties such as higher heat resistance and allow power plants and engines to run hotter and more efficiently.