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Air pollution may make COVID-19 symptoms worse

Earth system scientist Marshall Burke calculated that tens of thousands of lives were saved in China due to cleaner air.

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Build hills instead of seawalls to defend against tsunamis

New research by scientists including Stanford Earth's Jenny Suckale shows how artificial rolling green hills can help protect vulnerable stretches of coast.

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Waterfront parks could rob tsunamis of their power

When a tsunami slams into a coast, parks with rolling hills could provide about as much protection as towering seawalls, according to research by Stanford Earth geophysicist Jenny Suckale.

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Fossil captures plants in transition

“It’s rare to get this many sporangia with well-preserved spores that you can measure,” said Andrew Leslie, referring to a new species of ancient plant. “We just kind of got lucky in how they were preserved.”

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Shutdowns have led to cleaner air quality. Is it sustainable?

Marshall Burke discusses how the current situation gives insight into the costs of polluting economies and how they might be changed to improve health outcomes.

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Map of tectonic stresses in North America could help assess tremor risk

Mark Zoback and former PhD student Jens-Erik Lund Snee scientists have produced a comprehensive map of the tectonic stresses acting on the North American continent.

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NASA’s new rover is headed to the perfect spot to hunt for life on Mars

Mathieu Lapôtre shows the targeted landing site for NASA's Perseverance rover may be a great place to look for signs of life.

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Virus lockdowns have led to cleaner air, but will it last?

"If we drive less … we'll save time and make things healthier," says Rob Jackson. "It doesn't have to be shelter at home or clean air, it can be clean air every day."

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California hopes to refill its aquifers

“The images really drew attention to a system that’s out of balance,” says Rosemary Knight, who uses geophysical techniques to find promising areas for groundwater recharge.

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The pandemic is not a natural disaster

The coronavirus isn't just a public-health crisis. It's an ecological one. The article cites Stanford professor Marshall Burke's estimates of lives saved by the reduction in pollution from the shutdown of factories in Wuhan, China.

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Animal viruses are jumping to humans. Forest loss makes it easier.

“We see the animals as infecting us, but the picture that’s coming from the study and other studies is we really go to the animals,” says Stanford's Eric Lambin.

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Pollution made COVID-19 worse. Now lockdowns are clearing the air.

“Lives we lose absent a pandemic are also really important, and are lives we shouldn’t lose,” says Stanford Earth's Marshall Burke.

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These charts show how coronavirus has 'quieted' the world

As people stopped commuting and traveling, the Earth’s surface vibrated less – and seismologists tracked the change. Stanford Earth's Nate Lindsey and Siyuan Yuan comment.

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‘We can’t go back to normal’: How will coronavirus change the world?

Stanford Earth's Marshall Burke estimates that the reduction in PM2.5 pollution from the coronavirus lockdown in China has saved tens of thousands of lives. How long will these reductions last?   

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Opinion: What the coronavirus means for climate change

The coronavirus pandemic has not only quickly changed the livelihoods of millions of people around the globe, but also the environment. The reduction in emissions from COVID-19 countermeasures has saved tens of thousands of lives in China alone, according to Marshall Burke. 

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