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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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The planet has seen sudden warming before. It wiped out almost everything.

In some ways, the planet's worst mass extinction, 250 million years ago, may parallel climate change today, according to a study co-authored by Stanford Earth's Jon Payne and Erik Sperling.

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When a killer climate catastrophe struck the world's oceans

A study co-authored by Jon Payne and Erik Sperling suggests the worst extinction in Earth’s history offers chilling predictions for the planet’s future – and for humanity’s efforts to keep climate doom at bay.

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The 'great dying': Rapid warming caused largest extinction event ever

A study co-authored by Erik Sperling and Jon Payne shows rapid global warming caused the largest extinction event in the Earth’s history, which wiped out the vast majority of marine and terrestrial animals on the planet.

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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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