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Climate Change

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.

July 5, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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

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.

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.

 

rainforest
May 16, 2017

Stanford scientists explain the risks of betting the world’s future on massive-scale deployment of carbon removal technologies.

Workers in Ecuador spray insecticide to kill mosquitoes
May 10, 2017

A new analysis by Stanford researchers reveals that the ideal temperature for the spread of mosquito-born diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika is 29 degrees C. This finding helps predict disease outbreaks in a warming world.

bacteria drawings
May 1, 2017

A new study reveals that organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration.

April 28, 2017

Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact.

Clouds and waves
April 24, 2017

A new four-step “framework” aims to test the contribution of climate change to record-setting extreme weather events.

solar panel cleaning robot
April 4, 2017
Instead of talking about the polarized topic of climate change, Stanford Earth scientist Rob Jackson suggests focusing on the shared benefits of addressing the problem, including job creation, health and safety.
March 28, 2017

An interdisciplinary group of researchers compared Antarctic biodiversity and its management with global trends to determine the region’s outlook is more similar to the rest of the world than previously believed. The Antarctic region, which is home to a wide array of native species, drives global Earth systems processes such as climate, ocean circulation, and sea level rise.