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Outer space is a treasure chest of gemstones

“We can form all sorts of gemstones potentially in space, as long as you have the right chemistry in the right temperature and conditions,” said Stanford Earth professor Wendy Mao.

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Wildfire smoke now causes up to half the fine-particle pollution in Western U.S.

“We know smoke is bad for health. But we really didn’t have a comprehensive national picture for how much wildfires are contributing to poor air quality,” said Marshall Burke.

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US flood damage rose 30 percent in 30 years, a sign of warming

“This shows that there is real economic value in avoiding higher levels of global warming,” said Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh. “That’s not a political statement. That’s a factual statement about costs."

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California's 'new climate'

“We have clear evidence that not only California has warmed, but that California is now in a new climate that is both warmer overall and is much more likely to experience unprecedented hot conditions,” said climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Using machine learning to study anatomy, weather and earthquakes

Stanford Earth research scientist Mostafa Mousavi found a way of teasing out evidence of tiny earthquakes that went unnoticed but still left a record in the data. 

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Covid-19 and climate change will remain inextricably linked

In an analysis published in March, Marshall Burke found that a coronavirus lockdown in China probably saved more lives from a reduction in air pollution – which is linked to climate change – than it lost to Covid-19. 

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How 2020 became California's worst ever fire season

“A lot of the news coverage focuses on immediate danger: people with homes in harm’s way,” said Marshall Burke. “The impacts are much, much larger than that … they extend all over the place to people hundreds of miles away from wildfire.”

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Could Covid lockdown have helped save the planet?

“We caught a glimpse of a future with cleaner air in our cities without fossil fuel pollution from vehicles,” said Stanford scientist Rob Jackson. 

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A field guide to the magnetic solar system

Geophysicist Sonia Tikoo discussed the Moon's early magnetic field, which scientists can constrain by dating magnetized rock samples. 

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How Russia wins the climate crisis

Marshall Burke projects that over the next 80 years, per capita G.D.P. in the United States will drop by 36 percent compared to what it would be in a nonwarming world, even as per capita G.D.P. in Russia will quadruple.

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The pandemic led to a record drop in carbon emissions

“I think it’s likely the biggest [drop in emissions] ever,” said Stanford's Rob Jackson. “That’s the equivalent of taking about 500 million cars off the world’s roads for a year.”

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The Marshall Islands could be wiped out by climate change

E-IPER PhD candidate Caroline Ferguson co-authored an op-ed about the challenges faced by residents of the Marshall Islands, a nation that stretches across more than a million square miles of Pacific Ocean.

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Kids, toxic smoke and inequality

Smoke pollution is beginning to reverse California's recent air quality gains, Stanford's Marshall Burke explains. His own personal experience shows how inequitable the impact of wildfire smoke pollution can be.

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What is the monetary cost of climate change?

Stanford environmental economist Marshall Burke discusses the cost of ignoring climate change with "The Daily Show" correspondent Dulcé Sloan.

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How do we know what's deep inside Earth?

“I think the mid-upper mantle would be gorgeous, because it would be olivine green, like 60 percent, and it would also have garnets, these beautiful red cubic minerals,” says Stanford mineral physicist Wendy Mao.

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Wildfire smoke is poisoning California's kids. Some pay a higher price.

Marshall Burke has found that, across California, as the number of smoke days has risen, it has begun to reverse gains the state had made in cleaning up its air from conventional sources of pollution. 

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