When the importance of protecting the environment seems obvious to many who recognize threats such as global warming and extinction, you may wonder if it is really necessary or effective to dedicate a day to raising environmental awareness. After all, if we should live like every day is Earth Day, why do we need an…
Iron in Greenland’s glacial runoff may catalyze summertime algae blooms, increasing food supply for marine life, according to Stanford scientists. Although the blooms benefit ocean dwellers, its vastness indicates increasing global warming rates.
Stanford researchers demonstrated that microorganisms do not always break down organic matter in oxygen-poor areas, causing large amounts of carbon to accumulate in soil and sediments according to a study published in Nature Geoscience, “Thermodynamically controlled preservation of organic carbon in floodplains.”
Using a four-pronged framework, Professor of Earth System Science Noah Diffenbaugh ’96 M.S. ’97 and his research team have found a direct connection between extreme weather events and human impact.
Pamela Matson announced Tuesday that she will step down as dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences after a 15-year tenure.
EARTHSYS 200: “Sustaining Action: Research, Analysis, and Writing for the Public” provides a unique writing opportunity for students, publishing their work in Sound Advice for a Green Earth (SAGE), an eco-advice column published in the Stanford Alumni Magazine.
The course fulfills the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement for the Earth Systems major. Students choose two questions submitted to SAGE and parse through research in search of answers, but the focus of the course is on conveying scientific information to a public audience. Class sessions feature lectures and workshops on writing skills, peer-review of writing assignments and occasional visits from guest speakers skilled in science journalism.
The Daily sat down with Burke to discuss his research about the global economic impacts of climate change.
EARTHSYS 180B, “Principles and Practices of Sustainable Agriculture,” takes students outdoors to Stanford’s Educational Farm, for a hands-on environmental studies experience where they learn everything from plant anatomy to composting.