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Biden's climate bet rests on a clean electricity standard

Sally Benson, an expert in low-carbon energy systems, discussed flexible standards for clean electricity. "Mandate the goals", she said, "not how states get there."

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'New normal' for U.S. climate is officially hotter

“So many different types of extremes we know are increasing in frequency or intensity as a result of global warming, even the ones that don’t include temperature directly,” said climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Experts warn emissions may quickly return to pre-pandemic levels

Rob Jackson discussed how our emergence from the pandemic could lead to a spike in emissions. "The quickest jump will come when everyone hops back in their cars and starts commuting regularly," he said.

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This startup grows kelp then sinks it to pull carbon from the air

Sally Benson suggested, “making it cheaper for businesses to invest in carbon capture and storage is the best way to immediately reduce fossil fuel emissions.” 

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Congress must act to solve the methane problem

Rob Jackson co-authored an op-ed about ways that policymakers can reduce methane emissions. "We must mitigate methane emissions at their sources," they wrote.

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What can the Bay Area do about rising seas?

“If you were to get to know 100 families in East Palo Alto, maybe 50 out of 100 already are right at that point at which savings are so low that ... a flood event ... could be that tipping point,” said Derek Ouyang, a program manager and lecturer at the Stanford Future Bay Initiative.

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Extreme melt events can permanently alter structure of an ice sheet

Dustin Schroeder used a unique modeling technique that captured meltwater data near the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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Greenland’s 2012 heat wave still raising sea levels

“This is really one of the first cases where you can say, shockingly, in some ways, these slow, calm ice sheets care a lot about a single extreme event in a particularly warm year," Dusty Schroeder, said. 

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Jordan faces a climate crisis

Research led by Steve Gorelick found that Jordan's annual rainfall could be reduced 30 percent by 2100. Supplemental resources are limited, making the situation bleak. 

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Climate adaptation: The gaping hole in American environmental policy

Chris Field co-authored an op-ed about how a comprehensive national climate adaptation plan can save lives and money. 

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Should we block the Sun? Scientists say the time has come to study it.

“Solar geoengineering is not a substitute for decarbonizing,” said Chris Field, adding that technology to reflect sunlight “should be researched as rapidly and effectively as possible.”

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Study suggests damaged Amazon is now worsening climate change

"The Amazon is vulnerable, and we tend to get tunnel vision about one greenhouse gas alone," said Rob Jackson, a leading expert in global emissions. 

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Greenhouse gas emissions return to pre-pandemic levels

"We can't cut emissions by putting hundreds of millions of people out of work and locking everyone at home," said Rob Jackson. Emissions are back to pre-pandemic levels but to lower them again it shouldn't cost people their jobs.

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Fukushima's tragic legacy – radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

“In some cases, as we become more sophisticated, we’ve lost the ability to see what’s most obvious,” said Rod Ewing, Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security at Stanford. “You calculate the probability of an event against the expense – and often cost is the driver.”

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Wildfire smoke poses an existential threat to outdoor theaters in the Bay Area and beyond

Using government satellite images instead of air quality data, Marshall Burke projected an increase in smoky days in coming years. “In the future, it’s going to get worse than 2020,” he says. “We should expect that.”

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At least 1,500 Britons killed by climate change-fuelled heat this century

Research conducted by Noah Diffenbaugh and Frances Davenport found that flood damage in the U.S. totaled $75 billion over the past three decades.

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