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Wildfire smoke may be contributing to premature births

New Stanford research highlights the importance of pollutants associated with wildfire smoke, which might be different from other sources of air pollution, and are becoming more of an issue with climate change. 

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Breathing wildfire smoke during pregnancy raises risk of premature birth

A study from Stanford University estimates that the effects of wildfire smoke may have resulted in as many as 7,000 extra preterm births in California between 2007 and 2012.

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Wildfire smoke increases risk of preterm birth

Exposure to wildfire smoke during pregnancy increases the risk of preterm birth – a risk that is only getting worse, a new study from Stanford University has found.

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Are we finally ready to tackle to other greenhouse gas?

According to Stanford professor Rob Jackson, the best estimate is that methane caused about a third of the global warming we’ve seen in the past decade, not far behind the contributions of carbon dioxide.

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Get used to surging food prices: Extreme weather is here to stay

Droughts and water constraints in California and the West could impact America's supply of nuts, fruits and vegetables. "So far, we have not seen widespread food price increases for American consumers," Chris Field wrote in an email. "But, as extremes become more common, the risk becomes more and more real."

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The big tech quest to find the metals needed for the energy overhaul

Jef Caers discusses how his research in machine-learning modeling can reduce uncertainty – and wasted efforts – when it comes to locating mineral deposits that are increasingly important for energy storage.

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Geoengineering marks scientific gains in U.N. report on dire climate future

While solar radiation management remains on the periphery of climate discussions, carbon dioxide removal has been accepted as a necessary tool for mitigating climate change, said Stanford University scientist Chris Field.

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United Nations warns climate change on earth has reached 'code red'

Noah Diffenbaugh discussed the UN climate report with Fox News starting at [01:00]. "Impacts of climate change are already happening, but depending on human behavior and decarbonizing, we could lessen these impacts," he said. 

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Op-Ed: Making blue foods central to global food systems

Roz Naylor proposes that a new mindset and consideration of aquatic animals, plants and algae can transform our food system. "The only way to fix the global food system is to address the opportunities and challenges of blue and green foods together, " Naylor wrote.

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'Communities know best': Climate solutions in the South Bay start with listening

Derek Ouyang is among a team of scientists, students and community organizers who organized a five-year study to examine the social and psychological effects of climate exposure, while building relationships with the families as warming alters their lives. 

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How Congress' hydrofluorocarbon legislation will affect your groceries

Over the next 15 years, the U.S. is set to slash the use of powerful greenhouse gases used in refrigerants. That means changes to your grocery store. "If we can phase out HFCs quickly, we'll reduce global warming by 1 degree Fahrenheit at century's end," said Rob Jackson.

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Finding the heart to talk about climate

Katerina Gonzales says researchers like herself can work to communicate in a trauma-informed way, partly by reflecting on how their own background, position and status may have protected them from traumatic experiences.

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As oceans warm, cooler waters attract more biodiversity

A new authored by Stanford Earth PhD students Richard Stockey, Thomas Boag and Will Gearty looked at the fossil record of marine mollusks dating back 145 million years and examined how diversity shifted during warmer and colder periods.

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California wildfires triple amid drought after record 2020 fire season

"There is a 'confluence of conditions' that contribute to wildfires, but the drought persisting throughout California has made many residents concerned about what the arid conditions will mean for the next spate of fires," said Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh. 

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Increases in extreme precipitation cost the U.S. $73 billion over three decades

“We’ve seen that extreme precipitation events are increasing in frequency or intensity, and so we wanted to quantify what are the financial costs of those changes in precipitation,” said Frances Davenport, a PhD student in Earth system science.

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