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Summer reading: Sparking curiosity and conversations about our planet

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 22 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth graduates: Meet the planet’s challenges

Stanford Earth graduates are uniquely prepared to deliver solutions for humanity’s critical challenges, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Finding and fixing natural gas leaks quickly and economically

Natural gas leaks claim lives, damage the climate and waste money. Research teams at Stanford are working on better ways to find and fix gas leaks quickly and inexpensively.

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What's new in corporate renewables

A recent paper from Stanford's Sally Benson explores the difference in yearly averages and fluctuations in the power mix from hour to hour — and what it means for climate change. Navigate to What's new in corporate renewables

A Facebook first: Tech giant invests directly in a renewable energy project

Facebook has committed to reaching 100 percent renewables by 2020, and now it's investing in a solar project. But research from Sally Benson notes that doesn't necessarily equate to clean energy around the clock.

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The difference between '100% renewable' and '100% carbon-free'

Most companies haven’t fully explored the real emissions impact of their shift to renewables, says Stanford Earth professor Sally Benson. Navigate to The difference between '100% renewable' and '100% carbon-free'

When 100% renewable energy doesn't mean zero carbon

As power grids move away from fossil fuels, companies seeking to cut out carbon emissions will have to go beyond commitments to renewables. The type and timing of renewable energy used can have a big effect on envir

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SCCS names Sarah Saltzer managing director

Sarah Saltzer brings experience in geology research and teaching, petroleum engineering, corporate relationship management and more to the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage.

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The methane detectives: On the trail of a global warming mystery

Research co-authored by Stanford Earth's Adam Brandt suggests that more than half the volume of all methane emissions from natural gas come from just the largest 5 percent of leaks. Navigate to The methane detectives: On the trail of a global warming mystery

Stanford Energy Ventures: Why it works

Energy resources engineering graduate student David McColl writes about the course "ENERGY 203: Stanford Energy Ventures" and what makes it an effective format for developing climate mitigation project ideas.

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Cities can follow Stanford’s energy makeover to cut CO2 emissions

With a few changes to existing energy operations, Stanford could further reduce its carbon footprint and costs in a model that other large campuses, towns and even cities can benefit from, a new study finds.

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ERE PhDs receive third place in DOE contest

Ahinoam Pollack and Ayaka Abe created a project for the 2019 Geothermal Student Competition they hope "will help people better understand geothermal energy."

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Carbon capture could keep global warming in check – here's how it works

Stanford Earth's Sally Benson says the biggest opportunity for carbon capture and storage will be dealing with hard to eliminate emissions.

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Stanford ERE students sweep 2019 SPE regional paper contest

Five students from the Energy Resources Engineering Department received prizes at the 2019 SPE Western Region Student Paper Contest.

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A climate change solution slowly gains ground

Of the 65 million tons of carbon dioxide that is pumped underground in the United States every year, about 60 million tons is for enhanced oil recovery, says Stanford Earth's Sally Benson.

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What will it take for California to meet its climate goals?

A panel of energy experts including former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz discuss investments and innovations that could help California get on track to meet its 2030 and 2050 climate goals.

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