Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

Skip to content Skip to navigation
earth matters
science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment

Energy

March 14, 2017

Stanford's Jeffrey Ball takes a deep dive into Germany’s renewable-energy revolution, a colossal undertaking that proves that once-niche wind and solar power can power a major portion of a global economy.

Point Lobos rock formations
March 2, 2017
Tourists flock to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve near Monterey, Calif., for its breathtaking coastal views and glimpses of the playful sea otters and other marine mammals that can be found among its waters. But the site has long attracted geologists for a very different reason.
Child wears mouth mask in Beijing with air pollution in background.
February 28, 2017

Rather than talk about the negative things, point to the co-benefits of finding climate solutions – from economics and jobs to water and the air we breathe.

fault slip diagram
February 27, 2017

A new software tool can help reduce the risk of triggering manmade earthquakes by calculating the probability that oil and gas injection activities will trigger slip in nearby faults.

solar panels on house roof
February 7, 2017

A new low-cost, high-performance battery could provide an inexpensive storage solution for solar power, which is abundant during the day but must be stored for use at night.  

Wolf Hollow generating station
January 30, 2017

2016 marked the third year in a row when global CO2 emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won’t materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology and sustained growth in renewables.

Infrared image of methane leak in Aliso Canyon.
January 17, 2017

Research by Stanford Earth's Arvind Ravikumar focuses on evaluating methane leak detection technologies and using those insights to inform emissions mitigation policy.

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

solar panels in Kern County, Calif.
December 12, 2016

Leading the way in sustainability and innovative green technologies, Stanford celebrated the opening of the Stanford Solar Generating Station in Kern County, Calif. The station will provide more than 50 percent of Stanford’s electricity.

Oklahoma oil rigs
November 30, 2016

Stanford scientists predict that over the next few years, the rate of earthquakes induced by wastewater injection in Oklahoma will decrease significantly. But the potential for damaging earthquakes will remain high.

 

abandoned natural gas well
November 15, 2016

New research finds far more abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania than previously thought and provides a framework for identifying wells across the United States and globally that are the worst methane leakers.