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NPR's Emily Feng Recognized as the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Honoree

At the 2022 Shorenstein Journalism Award, Feng discussed how the challenges of reporting as a foreign correspondent in China are forcing the West to reconfigure its understanding of the country and creating suspicion and mistrust.
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Assessing Putin's Invasion of Ukraine

On a new season of the World Class podcast, Michael McFaul discusses recent developments of the war in Ukraine and how those will impact Ukraine's future, Russia's standing in the world, and the responses of the global community.
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Five Questions About Food Security in a Warming World

FSE Director David Lobell explains some of the system-wide challenges — and solutions — to ensuring that people around the world have access to affordable, nutritious food.

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NATO Parliamentary Delegation Joins FSI Scholars for Discussion on Ukraine and Russia

News / October 3, 2022
FSI Director Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Francis Fukuyama, Scott Sagan, Anna Grzymala-Busse, and Marshall Burke answered questions from the parliamentarians on the conflict and its implications for the future of Ukraine, Russia, and the global community.
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People gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, 2021.

Lawmakers are Slowly Warming Up to Policy on Climate Change

News / February 17, 2022
Climate expert Marshall Burke joins the World Class podcast to talk through what’s going right, what’s going wrong, and what more needs to be done to translate data on the climate crisis into meaningful policy.
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Wildfire smoke exposure during pregnancy increases preterm birth risk, Stanford study finds

News / August 23, 2021
Smoke from wildfires may have contributed to thousands of additional premature births in California between 2007 and 2012. The findings underscore the value of reducing the risk of big, extreme wildfires and suggest pregnant people should avoid very smoky air.
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Global warming increased U.S. crop insurance losses by $27 billion in 27 years, Stanford study finds

News / August 4, 2021
Higher temperatures attributed to climate change caused payouts from the nation’s biggest farm support program to increase by $27 billion between 1991 and 2017, according to new estimates from Stanford researchers. Costs are likely to rise even further with the growing intensity and frequency of heat waves and other severe weather events.
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Stanford researchers offer practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

News / July 7, 2021
Warnings of another severe wildfire season abound, as do efforts to reduce the risk of ignition. Yet few are taking precautions against the smoke. Stanford experts advise on contending with hazardous air quality.
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Stanford explainer: Social cost of carbon

Q&As / June 7, 2021
Marshall Burke and Lawrence Goulder explain the economic impacts of carbon emissions.
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Air Pollution's Connection to Infant Mortality

News / June 29, 2020
The study of sub-Saharan Africa finds that a relatively small increase in airborne particles significantly increases infant mortality rates. A cost-effective solution may lie in an exotic-sounding proposal.
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What we need to know about the economics of climate change

News / April 14, 2016

Scientists have made huge strides in understanding the physical and biological dimensions of climate change, from deciphering why climate has changed in the past to predicting how it might change in the future.

As the body of knowledge on the physical science of climate grows, a missing link is emerging: What are the economic and social consequences of changes in the climate and efforts to control emissions of greenhouse gases?

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Human conflict heats up with global warming

News / April 6, 2015

A chance course at Stanford and a study-abroad trip to Nepal changed the trajectory of Marshall Burke's career, leading him to a human-focused approach studying climate change. His latest work deals with the link between rising temperatures and human violence. 

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