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Greenland’s 2012 heat wave still raising sea levels

“This is really one of the first cases where you can say, shockingly, in some ways, these slow, calm ice sheets care a lot about a single extreme event in a particularly warm year," Dusty Schroeder, said. 

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This is the climate crisis in one sentence

Jordan's yearly decrease in rainfall could lead to a 30 percent reduction by 2100, according to the Jordan Water Project, led by Steve Gorelick of Stanford.

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Jordan faces a climate crisis

Research led by Steve Gorelick found that Jordan's annual rainfall could be reduced 30 percent by 2100. Supplemental resources are limited, making the situation bleak. 

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Climate adaptation: The gaping hole in American environmental policy

Chris Field co-authored an op-ed about how a comprehensive national climate adaptation plan can save lives and money. 

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Should we block the Sun? Scientists say the time has come to study it.

“Solar geoengineering is not a substitute for decarbonizing,” said Chris Field, adding that technology to reflect sunlight “should be researched as rapidly and effectively as possible.”

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Science panel: Consider air cooling tech as climate back-up

The U.S. must seriously consider the idea of tinkering with the atmosphere to cool a warming Earth and research how and whether humanity should hack the planet. “I honestly don’t know whether or not it’s going to make sense,” said Chris Field.

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Soil may not be able to keep storing carbon dioxide as emissions increase

“We expected faster plant growth and more biomass to increase soil organic carbon, as extra leaves and biomass fall to the forest floor,” said Rob Jackson. “It didn’t, and that was the biggest surprise in our work.”

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Satellite images show air pollution returning to pre-pandemic levels as restrictions loosen

Satellite imagery shows air pollution levels bounced back to pre-pandemic numbers after a decline due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Environmental economist Marshall Burke said, "the better air quality could have saved between 50,000 and 75,000 people from dying prematurely."

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Refrigerants are the worst greenhouse gases you've never heard of

Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in refrigerants have a significant drawback. “One large glass of HFC 134 has the same warming as a thousand pounds of carbon dioxide pollution from our cars,” said Rob Jackson. “It's really an amazingly potent greenhouse gas.”

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Study suggests damaged Amazon is now worsening climate change

"The Amazon is vulnerable, and we tend to get tunnel vision about one greenhouse gas alone," said Rob Jackson, a leading expert in global emissions. 

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Greenhouse gas emissions return to pre-pandemic levels

"We can't cut emissions by putting hundreds of millions of people out of work and locking everyone at home," said Rob Jackson. Emissions are back to pre-pandemic levels but to lower them again it shouldn't cost people their jobs.

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Fukushima's tragic legacy – radioactive soil, ongoing leaks, and unanswered questions

“In some cases, as we become more sophisticated, we’ve lost the ability to see what’s most obvious,” said Rod Ewing, Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security at Stanford. “You calculate the probability of an event against the expense – and often cost is the driver.”

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Wildfire smoke poses an existential threat to outdoor theaters in the Bay Area and beyond

Using government satellite images instead of air quality data, Marshall Burke projected an increase in smoky days in coming years. “In the future, it’s going to get worse than 2020,” he says. “We should expect that.”

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At least 1,500 Britons killed by climate change-fuelled heat this century

Research conducted by Noah Diffenbaugh and Frances Davenport found that flood damage in the U.S. totaled $75 billion over the past three decades.

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How little nudges can help win the fight against climate change

Research led by Salvatore Pascale shows human-caused climate change made Cape Town's worst drought on record five to six times more likely. The city's water crisis holds lessons on how we can solve environmental problems by encouraging virtuous habits.

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Bloomberg 'Balance of Power'

"This is the symptom of a larger issue, which is deregulation," said Stanford professor Sally Benson in an interview about Texas' power crisis. "In a world where the climate is changing quickly – and how, when and where people use energy is changing quickly – it's not clear that the market can keep up."

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