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A political vision for the Green New Deal

Over the past two years, few political ideas have captured the imagination of progressives — and attracted the ridicule of conservatives — as intensely as the Green New Deal. Touted most prominently by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Green New Deal began as an ambitious yet abstract commitment to tackling climate change through an unprecedented economic transformation focused on empowering the communities who will face the effects of climate change most severely. Even before the Green New Deal had any official language attached to it, the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination all threw their support behind the concept, making it somewhat of a progressive litmus test.

President, Provost discuss long range planning, graduate student dining and campus climate

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell discussed long range planning, graduate student access to dining halls and other issues during a town hall event at Tresidder Oak Lounge on Monday. Tessier-Lavigne opened the event and welcomed the audience to the new academic year. He then reiterated Stanford’s long range planning initiatives, which were first…

Stanford professor retracts $10 million libel suit against scientific critic, academic journal

Civil and environmental engineering professor Mark Z. Jacobson has voluntarily withdrawn a $10 million libel lawsuit against an academic critic and the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) official journal for publishing a report disputing his research on renewable energy sources in the United States. Jacobson, who also directs Stanford’s atmosphere and energy program, initially sued the journal for libel in Nov. 2017.

Earth systems class to attend U.N. Paris climate negotiations

A group of students will travel to Paris at the end of the month to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (the 21st Conference of the Parties or COP21). The students are taking a course called “International Climate Negotiations: Unpacking the Road to Paris,” specifically designed to teach students about the issues involved with the conference and to prepare for the trip. Enrollment in the course was by application.

Students for a Sustainable Stanford hold panel on agriculture and climate change

On Feb. 10, over 100 Stanford community members attended “Crops and Carbon: Agriculture and Climate Change Demystified,” a panel sponsored by the Climate and Energy subgroup of Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS) and the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. The panel was the third in a quarterly series focusing on demystifying various issues associated with climate change.