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Images from a fraught year

Stanford Earth’s 2020 photo contest drew 156 photographs from faculty, students, and staff. The images captured experiences coping with COVID-19, as well as close encounters with nature from activities before the pandemic.

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Dry days ahead for California this year and beyond, experts say

“The addition of more 'fire ready' days have stemmed from just a one degree rise in global temperatures, and have resulted in some of the worst wildfires in history,” says Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.

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School focused on climate and sustainability moves forward

A school focused on climate and sustainability, announced last May, is beginning to take shape. Leaders anticipate blueprints for the school’s academic structure by winter quarter.

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The science behind the West Coast fires

A collection of research and insights from Stanford experts on wildfires' links to climate change, the health impacts of smoke, and promising strategies for preventing huge blazes and mitigating risks.

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Letter to the community: Voting is a civic duty

Dean Stephan Graham co-authored an op-ed with the deans of the School of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Engineering urging readers to "vote for the party and candidate of your choice, but by all means vote."

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New Stanford seed grants create pathways to sustainability

The sustainability initiative that arose out of the Long-Range Vision has awarded 17 seed grants providing one year of funding to faculty pursuing groundbreaking ideas for sustainability solutions.

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Haas Center adapts to the pandemic

Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service has connected students to remote learning, service and career opportunities – from Darel Scott, Earth systems BS ’17, MS ’19, speaking during a mini career fair to the class Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (GEOPHYS 218Z), for which instructors arranged remote collaborations with local governments and nonprofits.

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Earth systems student receives Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

David Tattoni was honored for “Riparian Avifauna of the San Francisco Bay Region: Population Dynamics and Future Outlooks with Anthropogenic Climate Change,” which was among the top 10 percent of honors theses completed this year.

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Fiona O'Keefe named Academic All-American

Earth systems senior Fiona O'Keefe has been named an Academic All-American for track and field and cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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Summer reading: Illuminating our planet and paths toward sustainability

Faculty at Stanford's School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recommend these 24 books for your summer reading.

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Stanford Earth dean urges graduates: Turn challenges into opportunities

Graduates of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences have the knowledge and skills to create an environmentally just and sustainable world for everyone, according to Dean Stephan Graham.

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Dustin Schroeder, Thomas Hayden receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

Recipients of the school’s annual Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected based on nominations from students, faculty, and alumni.

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Wilderness writer Craig Childs visits Stanford's Wild Writing class

Earth Systems MS student Samantha Faul reflected on a recent visit of writer Craig Childs to an environmental writing class taught by Richard Nevle and Emily Polk that explores and interrogates nature and wilderness through readings, discussion, and creative nonfiction writing.

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Forging ahead with learning and support

“The biggest challenge has been making sure that all the people that rely on me, both at Stanford and at home, are getting what they need,” said Karen Casciotti in a Cardinal at Work feature about teaching at the onset of COVID-19.

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Photos to inspire a more sustainable world

Stanford Earth's 2019 photo contest drew 226 photographs from around the world from faculty, students, and staff.

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Stanford Earth at AGU 2019

Stanford faculty, students and scholars will join researchers from the Earth and planetary sciences and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations and discussions about the world’s most pressing challenges Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

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