Climate change

News articles classified as Climate change

Earthworm invasion

Analysis reveals imported earthworm species have colonized large swaths of North America, and represent a largely overlooked threat to native ecosystems. The researchers warn of the need to better understand and manage the invaders in our midst.

The melting point

The Wilkes Subglacial Basin in East Antarctica holds enough ice to raise global sea levels by more than 10 feet, and it may be less stable than previously thought.

Clusters of atmospheric rivers are costlier than expected

When multiple atmospheric rivers hit California back-to-back, the economic damage from resulting rain and snowfall is three to four times higher than predicted from individual storms, a Stanford study finds. The insight could help water managers and disaster planners better prepare for future impacts of climate change.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability —

Emissions reach a record high

Declining coal use helped shrink U.S. emissions by 3%, even as global emissions keep the world on a path to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming before 2030.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment —

Hope for climate solutions

Stanford ecologist and climate scientist Chris Field looks to COP28 for a roadmap of what he considers solvable challenges.

Valuing prescribed fire

High-intensity, often catastrophic, wildfires have become increasingly frequent across the Western U.S. Researchers quantified the value of managed low-intensity burning to dramatically reduce the risk of such fires for years at a time.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment —

Urban heat islands

Policy and science experts on why cities get hotter than rural areas and what complicates mitigation efforts. “It’s not necessarily the technology that holds us back.”

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability —

Climate change’s impacts on wildlife can vary by sex

Research shows that understanding sex-specific responses to temperature fluctuations is key to slowing biodiversity loss. So why do so few environmental studies take these differences into account?

Marine protected areas and climate change

New Stanford-led research offers a way to build climate resilience into the designs of ocean and coastal areas intended to protect marine species. The researchers recommend establishing numerous marine protected areas across political borders, starting with the Southern California Bight.