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Climate Change

flood street
March 21, 2017
Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh warns that heavy California rains like those experienced this past winter are here to stay.
March 14, 2017

Stanford's Jeffrey Ball takes a deep dive into Germany’s renewable-energy revolution, a colossal undertaking that proves that once-niche wind and solar power can power a major portion of a global economy.

sun shines on U.S. grasslands
March 6, 2017

According to 33 years of remote sensing data, productivity of U.S. grasslands is more sensitive to dryness of the atmosphere than precipitation, important information for understanding how ecosystems will respond to climate change.

Child wears mouth mask in Beijing with air pollution in background.
February 28, 2017

Rather than talk about the negative things, point to the co-benefits of finding climate solutions – from economics and jobs to water and the air we breathe.

February 23, 2017

Assessment of complex issues like climate change adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and society. But the process isn’t always easy, says climate scientist Katharine Mach.

Oroville Dam spillway
February 16, 2017

As workers rush to repair the spillway at California’s Oroville Dam, Stanford researchers comment on how challenges like climate change and aging infrastructure heighten risks for California.

closeup of mosquito
February 8, 2017

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Dan Horton are coauthors on a new study that finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years, but after large outbreaks acquired immunity limits the size of subsequent epidemics.

 

Wolf Hollow generating station
January 30, 2017

2016 marked the third year in a row when global CO2 emissions remained relatively flat, but actual declines won’t materialize without advances in carbon capture and storage technology and sustained growth in renewables.

Graphic of satellite taking images of Earth from space
January 17, 2017

First year of data from SMAP satellite provides new insights for weather, agriculture, and climate.

 

Infrared image of methane leak in Aliso Canyon.
January 17, 2017

Research by Stanford Earth's Arvind Ravikumar focuses on evaluating methane leak detection technologies and using those insights to inform emissions mitigation policy.

Greenland ice sheet meltwater
January 9, 2017

A team of scientists that includes Stanford Earth's Dustin Schroeder is using airborne ice-penetrating radar to reveal meltwater's life under the Greenland ice throughout the year.