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The deep ocean spawned Earth's first complex organisms

Scientists have long wondered why the planet's first complex organisms emerged in the cold, dark depths of the ocean, where food and sun are in short supply. Stanford Earth's Erik Sperling and Tom Boag have an answer.

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The first large complex organisms evolved in the deep ocean

Stanford Earth's Tom Boag and Erik Sperling may have uncovered an important piece of the Ediacaran-Cambrian puzzle which could help piece together the missing links of the evolution of all life on Earth.

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Greenhouse gas emissions are rising, again

Rob Jackson of Stanford Earth talks about research he co-authored showing that use of energy from fossil-fuel sources is growing faster than renewable or low-carbon energy sources.

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Earth's first life-forms played it cool in deep ocean

People always ask why they’re here on Earth. A study by Stanford Earth's Tom Boag and Erik Sperling suggests it could be because the deep ocean stays the same temperature and our single-cell ancestors liked to keep things simple.

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Climate change will bring more strong El Niños

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh comments on a new study that suggests rising temperatures will increase the frequency of strong El Niño events, which often bring pummeling rains across the state.

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Everyday people are feeling the effects of climate change

Stanford University scientist Rob Jackson says everyday people across the U.S. have started to feel the impacts of climate change, citing natural disasters like wildfires as well as rising sea levels. 

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World hits another alarming carbon emissions mark

The Global Carbon Project, an organization led by Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson, estimates that global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel sources will hit a record high of more than 37 billion tons this year.

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Emissions of carbon dioxide into Earth's atmosphere reach record high

The record high of carbon emissions in 2018 was driven by a solid growth in coal use for the second year in a row, along with sustained growth in oil and gas use, according to new research co-authored by Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson.

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Why fossil fuel emissions are increasing – again

Driven by growing energy use, the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels continue to increase, placing the goals of the Paris climate agreement in jeopardy, according to a new Stanford-led analysis.

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Fight against greenhouse gases stalls as emissions soar to new record

Research from Rob Jackson and the Global Carbon Project shows that while many wealthy nations are turning to clean energy, they aren’t doing so quickly enough to make up for dirty coal plants.

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Carbon dioxide emissions are up again. What now, climate?

For three years the amount of atmospheric CO2 had leveled off. But it started to climb again in 2017, and research led by Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson shows it's is still rising.

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Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018

As nations assemble in Poland for climate talks, projections from Rob Jackson and the Global Carbon Project suggest there is no clear end in sight to the growth of humanity’s contribution to climate change.

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Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate like a 'speeding freight train' in 2018

Greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are growing at an accelerating pace this year, according to research from Stanford Earth professor Rob Jackson's Global Carbon Project.

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Carbon emissions are about to hit an all-time high, thanks to cars

A new report from Stanford Earth scientist Rob Jackson's Global Carbon Project puts a damper on hopes that emissions might soon start decreasing, as they must if catastrophic climate change is to be averted.

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Global emissions climb to record highs, reversing three years of declines

Demand for energy is fueling emissions spikes in the U.S. and in nations around the world, according to new research led by Stanford Earth professor Rob Jackson's Global Carbon Project.

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Unusually hot and dry conditions have doubled worldwide

Scientists have warned that many regions around the world may see more hot, dry conditions as climate change reshapes the planet. Now, a study from Noah Diffenbaugh actually quantifies the risk.

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