"With respect to tornadoes, we have limitations both in the observational record and in our modeling capabilities," says Noah Diffenbaugh. Researchers are now closing those gaps, thanks to radar observations of tornadoes over the past couple decades.
Scientists are close to monitoring the greenhouse gas emissions of individual cities, according to Stanford Earth professor Rob Jackson, and soon after should be able to trace emissions to individual sources.
"These floods are tangible, annoying, and they happen all the time in some communities," says Stanford Earth PhD student Miyuki Hino, lead author of a new study analyzing the fiscal impact of nuisance flooding in Annapolis, Maryland.
“The evidence is totally overwhelming that in fact these greenhouse gases, through their effects on climate change, do endanger public health and welfare,” says Stanford Earth professor and Woods Institute director Chris Field.
Hawaii faces harder problems than California in trying to meet its renewable energy target, says Stanford Earth's Sally Benson, because each island has its own power grid and can't import electricity from other parts of the country.
Coastal communities are already hurting from climate change and local businesses are paying a high price, according to a new study by Stanford researchers including Miyuki Hino, Katharine Mach and Chris Field.
Miyuki Hino, a PhD student in E-IPER and co-author of a new study with Katharine Mach and Chris Field, discusses the role of climate change in more frequent high-tide flooding, which can disrupt local economies.
Climate change has already altered California's climate, says Noah Diffenbaugh. "The state needs to address questions about an aging water infrastructure built for snow ... instead of the rain we will see in the future."
“All of negative emission is hard – even afforestation or reforestation,” says Stanford Earth's Sally Benson. “It’s not about saying, ‘I want to plant a tree.’ It’s about saying, ‘We want to plant a billion trees.’ ”
Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson says he believes the U.S. needs either nuclear power or carbon capture and storage (for example, paired with natural gas) to provide grid reliability and to reduce energy costs