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STANFORD UNIVERSITY —”Oil is ammunition,” read a World War II poster encouraging conservation. That message is just as appropriate today, according to John Warner, the former five-term senator from Virginia. The United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels not only for environmental reasons, but to improve its economic and national security, said Warner [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY –  Natural gas currently provides more than a quarter of the energy used in the United States and that fraction is likely to continue growing, along with safety and environmental concerns about the process used to extract the resource. Earlier this year, President Obama instructed Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to put together [...]

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When a call came last year asking her to drop everything to come Texas to see the extent of an enormous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Geological Survey director Marcia McNutt joked that she expected the trip to be so brief she packed like Gilligan, the ’60s sitcom character who set off [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —Nuclear power plants don’t have to be as expensive and large as they currently are if they utilize Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, which could be the future of atomic power generation. Glorified golf carts could be an important mode of transportation for the 93% of trips that take Americans less [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Storing massive amounts of carbon dioxide underground in an effort to combat global warming may not be easy to do because of the potential for triggering small to moderate earthquakes, according to Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback. While those earthquakes are unlikely to be big enough to hurt people or property, they could [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —For global mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, 2008 was both the best of times and the worst of times.   A world leader in production of copper, coal, diamonds, and iron ore, the company’s business was expanding at breakneck speed that year. They had just purchased Canadian aluminum company Alcan for $38.1 [...]

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From Stanford Report STANFORD UNIVERSITY—  Passions run high where oil is concerned. Witness the tumult over the BP drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But much of the public discussion about oil has been long on emotion and opinion while short on scientific fact, a state of affairs that Steven Gorelick, a professor of [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — By dipping plain cotton cloth in a high-tech broth full of silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes, Stanford researchers have developed a new high-speed, low-cost filter that could easily be implemented to purify water in the developing world. Instead of physically trapping bacteria as most existing filters do, the new filter lets them [...]

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Climate Soldiers

FROM THE STANFORD SOCIAL INNOVATION REVIEW We are honored to bring you the last article written by one of the world’s most prominent climatologists, Stephen H. Schneider, who died of an apparent heart attack while flying from Sweden to London on July 19. The article is a review of the new book The Climate War, [...]

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The energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering nuclear power. In this first-ever TED debate, editor and innovator Stewart Brand and Stanford civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. This video captures the points of view of two thinkers involved in the debate over nuclear energy. [Video] [...]

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