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2022 is a 'crucial year' for Biden's climate agenda

Rob Jackson, Stanford professor and chair of the Global Carbon Project, comments on the future consequences if Democrats are not able to pass the Build Back Better Act to invest in clean energy. 

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California is suddenly snow-capped and wet. How long will it last?

Noah Diffenbaugh comments on the sudden wet trend in the California drought: “deficits have been so pronounced through so much of the state that it will take more than one normal year to overcome, and we don’t know how this year will ultimately play out. That said, it’s a very encouraging start."

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2022 promises climate extremes, but also a glimmer of hope for Californians

Aditi Shedshadri, Noah Diffenbaugh, Newsha Ajami and other California scientists share research-based insights about climate, water and more.

 

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Did we just blow our last, best chance to tackle climate change?

Governments all over the world have failed to invest in green economic recovery 18 months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earth scientist Rob Jackson shares his insights on keeping global temperatures from rising in the future.

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California leads the way in a new climate battleground

Rob Jackson discusses the health risks of natural gas usage inside homes, fueling the California-driven movement to shift kitchens from gas to electric stoves, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas pollution nationwide.

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Did climate change make that freak weather even worse?

Helping to show the public the effects of global warming, Noah Diffenbaugh and other attribution scientists link climate change to the nuanced impacts of extreme weather events in affected communities.

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Will Lunar Vertex solve the mystery of lunar swirls?

An upcoming lunar mission holds promise for elucidating geologic processes, including Sonia Tikoo's 2018 work to show how heating associated with magmatic activity within the Moon might have amplified localized magnetic fields.

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White House creates new energy division to coordinate climate change policies

The White House has launched a new energy division of its Office of Science and Technology Policy and appointed Sally Benson, a well-known energy expert at Stanford University, to a high-level position to coordinate climate change policy.

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Got to fly like an eagle (by which we mean, have an insignificant carbon footprint)

Evan Sherwin, a postdoctoral researcher in energy resources engineering, discusses sustainable aviation fuels designed to lower the emissions generated by air travel. 

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Protecting frontline communities from environmental health risks

On PBS NewsHour Weekend starting at [04:57], recent E-IPER PhD graduate David Gonzalez discussed his upbringing and research exploring how oil and gas operations impact nearby residents.

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Dozens of Yellowstone-sized volcanoes once drowned Nevada in thousands of feet of lava

New research by Elizabeth Miller suggests the ancestral Sierra Nevada range and the mountains we see today were born at different times.

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After years of war, millions of Syrians now face serious water crisis

Hydrologist Steven Gorelick addresses how his work on freshwater accessibility in Jordan can be applied to other Middle Eastern countries like Syria, which is also amidst a water crisis. 

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Global emissions rebound to pre-pandemic levels

In an op-ed, Rob Jackson, Sam Abernethy and coauthors write that after months of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, economies are reopening, and carbon dioxide levels are rising.

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Emissions drastically underreported, Washington Post investigation finds

An investigation of 196 countries by the Washington Post found that emissions are underreported by billions of tons. Stanford Earth scientist Rob Jackson explains why.

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The magic 1.5: What’s behind climate talks’ key elusive goal

The Paris climate agreement set a goal of limiting warming to “2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.” In a way, both thresholds are "somewhat arbitrary,” said Stanford's Rob Jackson. “Every tenth of a degree matters!”

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Countries' climate pledges built on flawed data

“If we don’t know the state of emissions today, we don’t know whether we’re cutting emissions meaningfully and substantially,” said Rob Jackson. “The atmosphere ultimately is the truth. The atmosphere is what we care about.”

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