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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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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Higher temperatures could hurt California and other premium winegrowing regions of the United States in the next 30 years, according to a new study led by Stanford University climate scientists. Writing in the June 30 edition of Environmental Research Letters, the scientists report that by 2040, the amount of land suitable for [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – The tropics and much of the Northern Hemisphere are likely to experience an irreversible rise in summer temperatures within the next 20 to 60 years if atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continue to increase, according to a new climate study by Stanford University scientists. The results will be published later this month in [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — The majority of seaports around the world are unprepared for the potentially damaging impacts of climate change in the coming century, according to a new Stanford University study. In a survey posed to port authorities around the world, the Stanford team found that most officials are unsure how best to protect their [...]

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STANFORD UNIVESITY – Global warming is likely already taking a toll on world wheat and corn production, according to a new study led by Stanford University researchers. But the United States, Canada and northern Mexico have largely escaped the trend. “It appears as if farmers in North America got a pass on the first round [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS - Sugarcane – a principal crop for biofuel – reduces the local air temperature compared to pasturelands or fields growing soybeans or maize, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution for Science. But sugarcane’s effect on temperature is a “double-edged machete,” as it increases [...]

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BY KATHLEEN J. SULLIVAN To interview farmers in Nepal, Cecilia Mo traveled along roads carved into the sides of mountains and often walked for hours to get from one terraced field to another. Hoping to uncover the factors that make children in some villages more vulnerable to human trafficking than children in neighboring villages, Mo, [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Converting large swaths of farmland from corn to raise perennial grasses for biofuels could lower regional surface temperatures, according to a recent Stanford study. The study, published online in the Feb. 28 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), comes on the heels of federal initiatives to wean [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Perched atop the tip of the food chain, big, fierce predators are rare. Now it seems that white sharks may be the rarest of the rare among ocean predators, according to the first-ever scientific census of their numbers along the central California coast, by a group that included Stanford researchers. The researchers [...]

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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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