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science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment
oil rigs at night
July 17, 2017
Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

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

Crater Lake in Oregon
August 15, 2017

Stanford researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. A domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for modern technology.

 

Forest with sunlight in background. Photo Credit: Scott Wylie/Flickr
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.

water treatment facility
August 4, 2017

Stanford environmental engineers have developed a planning tool called AquaCharge that helps urban water utilities develop efficient, cost-effective systems to replenish aquifers.

bricks fell from a house because of an earthquake
August 2, 2017

New research shows manmade and naturally occurring earthquakes in the central U.S. share the same characteristics, information that will help scientists predict and mitigate damage from future earthquakes.

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

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.

Europa
July 12, 2017

A flash of green laser followed by pulses of X-rays, and mere nanoseconds later an extraterrestrial form of ice has formed. The miniature crystal reveals how water solidifies under high pressures, like those expected in icy comets, moons and planets.

July 5, 2017

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

coral in Bikini atoll
June 28, 2017

Stanford researchers are exploring how corals that re-colonized Bikini Atoll after nuclear bomb tests 70 years ago have adapted to persistent radiation. Their work is featured in a PBS series.