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Are we living through climate change's worst-case scenario?

Many economists expect carbon emissions to drop in the next few decades. But maybe they won’t. Are we on the worst-case scenario for climate change? “We’re actually a lot closer than we should be," says Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson.

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Carbon emissions rise but could slide in 2019

For the first time in four years U.S. carbon emissions increased, mostly because a booming economy used more energy resources, even with a shift toward renewable energy and natural gas. Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson discusses whether a booming economy and rising emissions can decouple.

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spike couldn't happen at a worse time

“We have lost momentum. There’s no question,” Rob Jackson, a Stanford University professor who studies emissions trends, said of both U.S. and global efforts to steer the world toward a more sustainable future.

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U.S. emissions soared in 2018, reversing years of progress

A series of reports from international bodies, including one led by Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson, found in late 2018 that nations around the world have reversed course in reducing emissions.

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U.S. carbon pollution surged in 2018, after years of stasis

"From 2014 through 2016, we saw emissions that were flat while the global economy grew," says Stanford Earth climate scientist Rob Jackson. "Now we're back to a much faster rate of increase."

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Can you explain science using only 1,000 common words?

Earth System Science PhD student Katerina Gonzales and colleagues found creative ways to discuss the warming of atmospheric rivers, or "sky long water things," for AGU's Up-Goer Five Challenge.

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California's droughts hurt fight against climate change. Study tells us why

Recent droughts across the West have squeezed hydroelectric facilities and hampered efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, according to a new study from Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Julio Herrera-Estrada.

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Climate change-induced drought? What about drought-induced climate change?

One of the main ways California is experiencing the effects of climate change is through severe droughts. Now new research from Stanford Earth suggests those droughts are also contributing to climate change.

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The next climate frontier: Predicting a complex domino effect

“Reality is complex. In a changing climate, nothing is being affected all by itself,” says Stanford Earth's Katharine Mach, a co-author of the fourth National Climate Assessment released in November.

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Dry weather drives up energy emissions in the West

Research from Noah Diffenbaugh and Julio Herrera-Estrada finds drought-driven emissions accounted for around 10 percent of CO2 output from the power sector in several Western states between 2001 and 2015.

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How droughts boost air pollution

Droughts do more than just dry up our lawns, orchards, pastures and ski slopes. A Stanford study reveals a hidden impact of low water: worse air pollution, as we shift from hydropower to fossil fuels.

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Droughts drop hydropower output, raise emissions, study says

Droughts have long been known to place pressure on agriculture and water supplies, but they can also lead to increased carbon dioxide emissions, according to a study from Stanford Earth scientists.

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An unexpected side effect of drought: Higher carbon emissions

Low river flows in the western U.S. drastically hampered the amount of carbon-free electricity that could be produced by the thousands of hydroelectric power plants across the West, a study from Stanford Earth shows.

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The deep ocean spawned Earth's first complex organisms

Scientists have long wondered why the planet's first complex organisms emerged in the cold, dark depths of the ocean, where food and sun are in short supply. Stanford Earth's Erik Sperling and Tom Boag have an answer.

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The first large complex organisms evolved in the deep ocean

Stanford Earth's Tom Boag and Erik Sperling may have uncovered an important piece of the Ediacaran-Cambrian puzzle which could help piece together the missing links of the evolution of all life on Earth.

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Greenhouse gas emissions are rising, again

Rob Jackson of Stanford Earth talks about research he co-authored showing that use of energy from fossil-fuel sources is growing faster than renewable or low-carbon energy sources.

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