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The mystery of unexplained earthquakes

“This fault was what we call critically stressed – only a small change in conditions could cause that fault to move, which is ultimately what happened,” says Bill Ellsworth in the context of the 2017 Pohang earthquake.

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The California coast is disappearing under the rising sea. Our choices are grim

The fear of political suicide should not paralyze those in power from studying the how, where and why of managed retreat, says Katharine Mach.

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Two earthquakes shook southern California this week

Geophysicist Greg Beroza comments on what scientists are speculating could be shifts in the Earth’s crust due to large amounts of melting ice.

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Stop building a spaceship to Mars and just plant some damn trees

Rob Jackson offers his perspective on recent research: “I get uneasy when we start talking about managing billions of extra acres of land, with one goal in mind: to store carbon.”

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Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees

Chris Field comments on a study, saying the calculations make sense, "but the question of whether it is actually feasible to restore this much forest is much more difficult.”

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Existing fossil fuel plants will push the world across a dangerous climate

Ken Caldeira, courtesy professor of Earth system science, comments on the rise of fossil fuel infrastructure and its impact on global warming.

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Dozens of lakes discovered deep under the Greenland Ice Sheet

Winnie Chu, a postdoctoral researcher in Dustin Schroeder's Radio Glaciology research group, discusses her work using ice-penetrating radar to pinpoint 56 previously unknown lakes.

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How the Permian Basin became North America’s hottest oilfield

At minute 6:15 of this video, Rob Jackson discusses North America’s crude oil boom with a look at challenges faced by producers in West Texas and New Mexico.

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Scientists suggest turning Methane into CO2 could reduce global warming

"All of these approaches are a distraction compared to actual emission reductions," says Rob Jackson. "As chair of the Global Carbon Project, I’m well versed in rising emissions and the need for drastic cuts."

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What is climate change?

Rob Jackson contributes knowledge about carbon dioxide and methane and their impacts on the atmosphere in this explainer piece on global warming.

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Kansas high school to save estimated $30K annually using solar energy

Research by Gabrielle Wong-Parodi shows many schools can “meet up to 75% of their electricity needs and reduce the education sector’s carbon footprint by as much as 28%” by using viable space for solar panels.

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Stanford's O'Donohue farm connects community with small-scale agriculture

"Slowing down and working with your hands and being connected to the earth in that way is very important," says farm volunteer Mark Ferguson. "It's easy to forget that nature is all around us."

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Confronting climate change, Louisiana shifts toward retreat

"There's an ad hoc retreat happening in the world around us," says Stanford Earth's Katharine Mach – and it's a matter of time before the pressures toward retreat will mount from all directions. 

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Are we seeing more hail in a warmer, wetter world? Experts say not yet.

A reliable baseline for hail observations simply doesn’t exist yet. Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh says, “we need well-developed, long-term observational records” to detect trends in hail. Navigate to Are we seeing more hail in a warmer, wetter world? Experts say not yet.

As climate change intensifies, the risk of armed conflict will increase

Researchers led by Stanford's Katharine Mach estimate that over the last century, climate has influenced up to 20 percent of armed conflict risk and that this percentage will increase dramatically.

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Climate change will increase risk of violent conflict, researchers warn

Experts led by Stanford's Katharine Mach conclude that while climate change has not so far played a large role in stoking conflict, it will play a far greater role in destabilizing countries as the planet warms.

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