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Melting Arctic ice boosts atmospheric rivers that hit California

Melting Arctic ice sheets may be the primary cause of extreme weather around the globe. The most immediate impacts are felt in the Arctic, says Noah Diffenbaugh, but there is strong evidence of impacts on conditions experienced in California.

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Australia's fires effectively doubled country's greenhouse gas emissions

It’s possible that emissions from this fire season will be close to a billion tons of carbon dioxide by the time the bush fires are extinguished, says Rob Jackson.

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Australia wildfires threaten to upset the Earth's carbon balance

It is estimated that the emissions caused by Australia's wildfires are nearly double the country's annual fossil fuel emissions, according to research. "If these runaway fires become more normal, we're in for a very different world," says Rob Jackson. 

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California needs to set more fires

“Twenty million acres would benefit from having some combination of prescribed burns, mechanical thinning, or managed wildfire,” says Rebecca Miller. “There is no ‘no-fire’ solution in California.”

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New study finds California should burn one-fifth of the state

The California Report includes a segment on research by Chris Field and Rebecca Miller finding that more controlled burns are needed to prevent future wildfires in our state.

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Australia wildfires unleash millions of tons of carbon dioxide

Australian wildfires have released an estimate of 900 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. "We have seen years with extremely high carbon dioxide emissions — it's certainly not normal, but these numbers are not at all impossible," says Rob Jackson. 

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To prevent wildfires, California needs to burn

“The important message that people should take away is that there’s good fire and bad fire,” says Chris Field about using prescribed burns to manage the wildfire threat in California.

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Natural gas extraction from Appalachia increased jobs, premature deaths

"The fact that impacts from emissions cross county and state boundaries is a clear indication of the need for federal management," Inês Azevedo and co-authors write.

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Controlled burns prevent California wildfires, study says. Why aren’t there more?

E-IPER PhD student Rebecca Miller's research on prescribed burns and vegetation thinning helps explain "fuel treatments" and why we need them now in California.  

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Stanford researchers weigh in on Australian wildfires

Earth system science professors Kevin Arrigo and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi share their insights on climate change and its effects on wildfire risk in Australia and California.   

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One of these astronauts could be the first woman on the moon

After a rigorous selection process, Stanford Geological and Environmental Sciences alumna Jessica Watkins, BS '10, has been selected as one of the five women to join NASA as an active astronaut.

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The crucial lessons from Australia’s wildfires

The Australian wildfires have become “the iconic representation of climate change impacts,” undeniable trends and unpredictable weather that created “a horrific convergence of events,” says Chris Field.

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Fault dips figured in Kīlauea’s caldera collapse

Paul Segall used ground deformation measurements to create a simplified model of caldera collapse that can explain several surprising features observed in the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.

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Climate change can ‘supercharge’ wildfires in Australia through more extreme heat, drought

Severe wildfire conditions from heat and drought can’t be reversed and will increase if temperatures continue to warm, but different policies dealing with how to manage land vulnerable to wildfires can help reduce the risk, says Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Shutdown of US coal power facilities saved over 26,000 lives, study finds

"Rolling back emissions standards won’t just harm the climate, it will kill people, especially poorer people more likely to live near coal-fired power plants," says Rob Jackson.

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No nuke waste at Great Lakes

Nuclear waste must be moved to dry-cast storage, which "is probably safe for tens of hundreds of years but shouldn’t be considered a final solution," says Rod Ewing .

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