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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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‘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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