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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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One of these astronauts could be the first woman on the moon

After a rigorous selection process, Stanford Geological and Environmental Sciences alumna Jessica Watkins, BS '10, has been selected as one of the five women to join NASA as an active astronaut.

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The crucial lessons from Australia’s wildfires

The Australian wildfires have become “the iconic representation of climate change impacts,” undeniable trends and unpredictable weather that created “a horrific convergence of events,” says Chris Field.

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Fault dips figured in Kīlauea’s caldera collapse

Paul Segall used ground deformation measurements to create a simplified model of caldera collapse that can explain several surprising features observed in the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.

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Climate change can ‘supercharge’ wildfires in Australia through more extreme heat, drought

Severe wildfire conditions from heat and drought can’t be reversed and will increase if temperatures continue to warm, but different policies dealing with how to manage land vulnerable to wildfires can help reduce the risk, says Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Shutdown of US coal power facilities saved over 26,000 lives, study finds

"Rolling back emissions standards won’t just harm the climate, it will kill people, especially poorer people more likely to live near coal-fired power plants," says Rob Jackson.

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No nuke waste at Great Lakes

Nuclear waste must be moved to dry-cast storage, which "is probably safe for tens of hundreds of years but shouldn’t be considered a final solution," says Rod Ewing .

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Five things to know about Australia's devastating wildfires

"The long-term warming ... elevates wildfire risk. And that is exactly what we’re seeing in Australia right now," says Noah Diffenbaugh.

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Q&A: How climate change, other factors stoke Australia fires

"There is something just intrinsically terrifying about these big wildfires ... The wildfires are kind of the iconic representation of climate change impacts," says Chris Field.

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Everyday weather is linked to human-caused climate change in new study

"The fact that the influence of global warming can now be seen in the daily weather around the world ... is another clear sign of how strong the signal of climate change has become," says Noah Diffenbaugh.

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When U.S. emissions dropped, mortality dropped dramatically

“Not only have the emissions decreased, but the damages – the health damages – from those emissions have decreased very rapidly, more than 20% over the course of six years,” says Inês Azevedo.

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