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As climate heats up, planners urged to look beyond history to judge risks

For decades, engineers and planners have not been properly integrating the dynamic effects of climate change in their risk simulations, says Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh.

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China's coronavirus lockdown curbs deadly pollution, likely saving the lives of tens of thousands, says researcher

China's COVID-19 countermeasures have slashed toxic air pollution. Between 50,000 and 75,000 lives have been saved due to the decreasing air pollution in China, according to Marshall Burke.

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Could the coronavirus actually be saving lives in some parts of the world because of reduced pollution?

"The reductions in air pollution in China caused by this economic disruption likely saved 20 times more lives in China than have currently been lost due to infection with the virus in that country," Marshall Burke said. 

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Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts

Stanford Earth's Marshall Burke says a preliminary estimate of premature deaths avoided due to cleaner air in China offers "a useful reminder of the often-hidden health consequences of the status quo.”

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Coronavirus lockdown likely saved 77,000 lives in China by reducing pollution

 “The lives saved due to the pollution reductions are roughly 20x the number of lives that have been directly lost to the virus," says Stanford Earth professor Marshall Burke.

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Coronavirus could weaken climate change action and hit clean energy investment

"If the global economy crashes, emissions will drop short term as we produce fewer goods, but climate action will slow. Employment trumps environment in politics," says Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson.

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Emissions are down thanks to coronavirus, but that's bad

Stanford Earth professor Marshall Burke's calculation of how the coronavirus affects air quality is cited in the context of a discussion of the "political, financial and economic storm" facing climate change advocates.

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Researchers look to improve leak detection for the world’s aging water pipes

It's estimated that water utilities are losing 20%-50% of water being delivered to customers due to leaky supply pipes. Daniel Tartakovsky proposes a new method for detecting these leaks. 

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Viral tweet spreads misinformation about volcanoes and climate change

A tweet went viral after claiming that a single volcano produced more CO2 than all cars in history. "The statement is pants-on-fire false," says Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson.

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A magical, timely tale of climate change

James Jones, associate professor of Earth system science, comments on the potential for using storytelling to communicate about climate change. 

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Scientists find way to make diamonds quickly and easily

Stanford Earth's Rodney Ewing and Wendy Mao help discover a new way to create diamonds by "cheating" thermodynamics.  

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Looking at the sea, then the sky

“There is an entire ecosystem that lives within sea ice in polar regions that might be an analog for what’s happening on other [worlds],” says Kevin Arrigo in an article about how extraterrestrial oceans could support life.

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How climate scientists, activists and NGOs want to spend Bezos' money

Amazon's CEO pledged to give $10 billion to fight climate change. Stanford professor Rob Jackson's reaction? "Gratitude and excitement, whether I see a penny of it or not."

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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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