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New technology can help monitor, manage and minimize methane leaks

Researchers led by Adam Brandt estimated that the amount of methane being lost to the atmosphere from the Permian basin in New Mexico was equivalent to just over 9% of the methane being produced. Because a very small number of sites with large leaks dominate the picture, you can only see what is really going on if, as his team did, you have very thorough coverage.

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New model offers potential solutions for next-generation battery challenges

A new mathematical model has brought together the physics and chemistry of highly promising lithium-metal batteries, providing researchers with plausible, fresh solutions to a problem known to cause degradation and failure.

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Paula Welander receives Stanford Earth Excellence in DEI Award

The award recognizes individuals who go above and beyond their role to create a more inclusive, just, and welcoming community at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

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Stanford Earth graduates: Stay engaged, remain hopeful, keep learning

More than any class before, the 2022 graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences are prepared to navigate uncertainties in the pursuit of a life that brings happiness and meaning, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Electricity imports within U.S. associated with about 700 premature deaths annually, study finds

More than half of the premature deaths associated with electricity use in most of California and the Northwest occur in other western states that supply electricity to the West Coast.

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Energy 167/267 hosts annual Town Hall Meeting

Town Hall Meeting: Ban on New Drilling and Ceasing Oil Production in the City of Los Angeles: How it Affects Energy Supply, Local Economy, Health and Safety (A Dramatization)

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Accelerating Climate Change Mitigation with Machine Learning: The Case of Carbon Storage

Climate change mitigation is about reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The worldwide goal is to reach net zero, which means balancing the amount of GHG emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.

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Thinking beyond the academic degree

A new certificate program provides a framework for Stanford Earth graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to learn new skills, gain practical experience, and produce portfolio pieces that will broaden their professional preparedness. The program will be carried into the new school focused on climate and sustainability.

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Researchers team with smallholder farmers to address 'the dried chilies problem'

Stanford researchers worked with chili farmers in India for more than four years to develop a solar-powered technology to improve the quality, quantity, and profitability of dried agricultural produce. A new study addresses not only technical challenges, but also barriers to adoption. (Source: Precourt Institute for Energy)

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Stanford energy expert discusses UN climate report

Energy expert Inês Azevedo, a lead author of the energy chapter in the United Nations’ new report on climate mitigation, discusses the assessment and changes necessary to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Energy technology is ready, she says, but time is short.

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A U.S. oil-drilling hotspot is kicking out more methane than we thought

A new comprehensive survey by Stanford Earth's Yuanlei Chen, Evan Sherwin, and Adam Brandt shows active wells and pipelines in New Mexico are emitting methane at rates double the previous estimates.

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Study: Methane leaks from U.S. oil-and-gas region worse than estimates

A Stanford-led study used sophisticated airborne imaging to analyze methane leaks on the New Mexico side of the prolific Permian Basin region. The results suggest leaks are far above the amount that nullifies the climate advantage over coal.

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Methane leaks in New Mexico far exceed current estimates, study suggests

Startlingly large amounts of methane are leaking from wells and pipelines in New Mexico, according to a new analysis of aerial data from Stanford Earth's Yuanlei Chen, Evan Sherwin and Adam Brandt. “Aerial technology found high methane emissions,” Chen said, “but can also help fix them cost effectively.”

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Methane leaks are far worse than estimates, at least in New Mexico, but there’s hope

The amount of methane leaking from a huge U.S. oil and gas producing region is several times greater than the federal government estimates, according to a new study led by Stanford University. 

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Jimin Zhou awarded Chevron Fellowship in Energy

Jimin Zhou was awarded the Chevron Fellowship in Energy for his work on hydrogen storage and transport in porous media. His work focuses on studying how the statics and dynamics of hydrogen in the subsurface differ from natural gas storage.

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