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Humanity's methane problem could be much bigger than scientists thought

A new study says that natural sources, or "seeps," account for much less of the global methane output than previously thought. “If it's not coming from seeps, then it's coming from fossil-fuel operations,” says Rob Jackson.    

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No 2020 Democrat wants to store nuclear waste under Yucca Mountain

"It's not a surprise that no one would support Yucca," says Stanford's Rodney Ewing, who led a 2018 study that recommended moving responsibility for disposing of nuclear waste to an independent nonprofit corporation.

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The pros and cons of enhanced geothermal energy systems

"We know that when human activity initiates an earthquake it grows in magnitude," says Stanford Earth's Bill Ellsworth. "As with natural earthquakes, most end up small, but a few grow large."

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‘All-electric’ movement picks up speed, catching some off guard

“Dozens for sure, likely hundreds” of jurisdictions around the country will ban new natural gas hookups and will promote pro-electric legislation for new buildings this year, says Rob Jackson.    

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A foundation built on oil embraces the green revolution

Rockefeller Foundation president Rajiv Shah discusses Atlas AI, a company focused on social impact that was co-founded by Stanford's David Lobell, Marshall Burke and Stefano Ermon.

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Facebook ads promoted debunked information on Australia fires

Days after completing a formal fact-checking review, Facebook removed an ad containing misinformation about Australia's deadly wildfires. Noah Diffenbaugh explains how climate change elevates wildfire risk.   

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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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