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Blooms of phytoplankton on the rise in Arctic Ocean

The growing influence of phytoplankton biomass on primary production may represent a “significant regime shift” for the Arctic, said senior study author Kevin Arrigo of Stanford Earth.

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2020 is our last, best chance to save the planet

“We’ve run out of time to build new things in old ways,” said Stanford professor Rob Jackson. What we do now will define the fate of the planet – and human life on it – for decades.

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Carbon levels fell with the virus. Now they're surging back

"We expected emissions to increase when lockdowns ease and the economy picks up. What's striking is how fast it is happening," Rob Jackson said.

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A war against climate science, waged by Washington’s rank and file

Noah Diffenbaugh discusses his experience corresponding with Energy Department officials about climate science language used in his federally funded research.

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How AI, satellites could help more accurately predict wildfires

Krishna Rao and Alexandra Konings discuss how new research using satellite images and artificial intelligence could help predict deadly wildfires and save lives.

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As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery

Scientists led by Stanford Earth's Alexandra Konings have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Navigate to As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery

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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