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Climate Change

August 14, 2017

Stanford Earth researchers analyzed a pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets and found it has surprising environmental benefits — including providing habitat for endangered species — and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.

Algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee in summer of 2016
July 28, 2017
Carnegie Science

Excess nutrient pollution to U.S. waterways increases the likelihood of events that severely impair water quality. 

chimpanzee eating in tree
July 21, 2017

A new study co-authored by Stanford Earth researchers demonstrates a cost-effective strategy to combat climate change by paying farmers in Uganda to conserve and plant trees.

oil rigs at night
July 17, 2017

Neglecting the changing energy requirements of aging oilfields can lead to an underestimate of their true climate impacts.

July 5, 2017

Iron-rich meltwater from Greenland’s glaciers are helping fuel a summer bloom of phytoplankton.

thermometer with bright sun and skyline in background
June 1, 2017

The president announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Four Stanford scholars discuss the implications of this decision.

Clouds and lightning in Yellowstone
May 26, 2017

Researchers find strong feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation that explain up to 30 percent of precipitation and surface radiation variance; study reveals large potential for improving seasonal weather predictions.

 

rainforest
May 16, 2017

Stanford scientists explain the risks of betting the world’s future on massive-scale deployment of carbon removal technologies.

Workers in Ecuador spray insecticide to kill mosquitoes
May 10, 2017

A new analysis by Stanford researchers reveals that the ideal temperature for the spread of mosquito-born diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika is 29 degrees C. This finding helps predict disease outbreaks in a warming world.

bacteria drawings
May 1, 2017

A new study reveals that organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration.

April 28, 2017

Studying how and why bridges have collapsed in the past identifies the limitation of current risk assessment approach and demonstrates the value of new perspectives on climate change impact.