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COVID-19 in a world made ripe for pandemics

Emerging infectious diseases have become more likely – and more likely to be consequential – partly as a result of how people move around the planet and relate to the natural world.

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The side effects of social distancing

Stanford Earth professor Marshall Burke explains what we can learn from the pollution drop during China's COVID-19 lockdown. 

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As climate heats up, planners urged to look beyond history to judge risks

For decades, engineers and planners have not been properly integrating the dynamic effects of climate change in their risk simulations, says Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Climate change means more extreme weather than predicted

Analysis shows global warming is intensifying the occurrence of unprecedented hot spells and downpours faster than predicted by historical trends. New approaches for incorporating global warming into extreme weather analysis could improve global risk management.

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Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts

A preliminary calculation suggests that tens of thousands of premature deaths from air pollution may have been avoided by the cleaner air in China. “The calculation is perhaps a useful reminder of the often-hidden health consequences of the status quo,” says Marshall Burke.

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Coronavirus lockdown likely saved 77,000 lives in China by reducing pollution

 “The lives saved due to the pollution reductions are roughly 20x the number of lives that have been directly lost to the virus," says Stanford Earth professor Marshall Burke.

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Viral tweet spreads misinformation about volcanoes and climate change

A tweet went viral after claiming that a single volcano produced more CO2 than all cars in history. "The statement is pants-on-fire false," says Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson.

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A magical, timely tale of climate change

James Jones, associate professor of Earth system science, comments on the potential for using storytelling to communicate about climate change. 

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Looking at the sea, then the sky

“There is an entire ecosystem that lives within sea ice in polar regions that might be an analog for what’s happening on other [worlds],” says Kevin Arrigo in an article about how extraterrestrial oceans could support life.

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How climate scientists, activists and NGOs want to spend Bezos' money

Amazon's CEO pledged to give $10 billion to fight climate change. Stanford professor Rob Jackson's reaction? "Gratitude and excitement, whether I see a penny of it or not."

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Alexandra Konings receives NSF CAREER Award

The assistant professor of Earth system science received a 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to explore new ways of understanding how plants respond to the weather.

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Could climate change bring more landslides to High Mountain Asia?

Researchers used satellite estimates and modeled precipitation data to show warming temperatures will cause more intense rainfall in some areas of the High Mountain Asia region, and this could lead to increased landslide activity in the border region of China and Nepal.

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Where in the world can plants best soak up carbon emissions?

Plants around the world are growing at a slower than expected. Researchers say insufficient nutrients in the soil may be the culprit. A new world nutrient map provides a framework for predicting what areas around the world will be successful carbon sinks in the future. 

 

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‘All-electric’ movement picks up speed, catching some off guard

“Dozens for sure, likely hundreds” of jurisdictions around the country will ban new natural gas hookups and will promote pro-electric legislation for new buildings this year, says Rob Jackson.    

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A foundation built on oil embraces the green revolution

Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv Shah discusses Atlas AI, a company focused on social impact that was co-founded by Stanford's David Lobell, Marshall Burke and Stefano Ermon.

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Facebook ads promoted debunked information on Australia fires

Days after completing a formal fact-checking review, Facebook removed an ad containing misinformation about Australia's deadly wildfires. Noah Diffenbaugh explains how climate change elevates wildfire risk.   

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