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Machine learning could speed the arrival of ultra-fast-charging electric cars

Using artificial intelligence, a Stanford-led research team has slashed battery testing times – a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles – by nearly fifteenfold.

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Rust offers a cheap way to filter arsenic-poisoned water

In regions that lack the resources to treat the contaminated water, it can lead to disease, cancer and even death.

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SUST student helps bring Iowa caucus to campus

Ahmi Dhuna, a coterminal master's student in Sustainability Science and Practice (SUST), helped organize a satellite Democratic Party caucus so constituents can be counted in the voting process.

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Setting fires to avoid fires

Despite having proven effective at reducing wildfire risks, prescribed burns have been stymied by perceived and real risks, regulations and resource shortages. A new analysis highlights ways of overcoming those barriers, offering solutions for wildfire-ravaged landscapes.

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Pathways to changing the minds of climate deniers

By reviewing the psychology behind climate change rejection, a Stanford researcher suggests four approaches that can sway climate deniers and help overcome obstacles to implementing solutions.

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Can mealworms help solve our plastic problem?

Mealworms are not only able to eat various forms of plastic, as previous research has shown, they can consume potentially toxic plastic additives in Styrofoam with no ill effects, a new study shows. The worms can then be used as a safe, protein-rich feed supplement.

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Webinar offered on circular economy

A Stanford team has launched the “Strategies for Sustainability” education program to help professionals gain essential knowledge on sustainability, leadership, and managing businesses in complex environments.

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    Julia Novy-Hildesley interviewed for Impact Journey podcast

    Novy-Hildesley shared her wide-ranging journey, from Madagascar to the Peruvian Amazon, to find the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

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    Tracking power plant emissions in real time

    Stanford scientists have developed a precise way to measure U.S. power plant emissions 24/7. The new tool will enable grid operators and big electricity consumers to reduce their carbon footprint in real time.

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    Stanford Earth at AGU 2019

    Stanford faculty, students and scholars will join researchers from the Earth and planetary sciences and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations and discussions about the world’s most pressing challenges Dec. 9-13 in San Francisco.

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    Study casts doubt on carbon capture

    Current approaches to carbon capture can increase air pollution and are not efficient at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, according to research from Mark Z. Jacobson.

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    Malaria in the Amazon

    A study shows deforestation in the Amazon significantly increases transmission of malaria by mosquitoes.

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    How can citizens become agents of environmental change?

    Some programs work better than others when it comes to involving citizens in preserving the environment. After reviewing those that worked, Stanford researchers propose a blueprint for how others can educate people to maximize their impact.

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    New catalyst can turn carbon dioxide into fuels

    A new process shows promise in turning the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide back into usable fuels, and yields four times as much fuel as previous approaches.

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    Research suggests ecosystem investments to minimize storm damage

    A new Stanford-led study provides information on how to invest in natural coastal ecosystems that the Bahamian government, community leaders and development banks are applying in post-disaster recovery and future storm preparation in the Bahamas. 

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    The limited scope of corporate approaches to social and environmental issues

    The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or a subset of materials within a small portion of their supply chain.

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