Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

LInC: A New Cohort of Collaborative Faculty Leaders »

June 13, 2018

Join us in welcoming the inaugural group of fellows in the LInC (Leading Interdisciplinary Collaborations) program for Stanford faculty. Based at the Stanford Woods Institute, LInC is...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Leadership and Science: a Q&A with Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences »

June 9, 2018

Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, recently discussed science careers and leadership at Stanford University during a conversation with Woods Institute...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


How can global partnerships help conserve the ocean? »

June 8, 2018

Q&A with Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Co-Director Jim Leape on his involvement with Friends of Ocean Action.

By Nicole Kravec, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

Can utilities afford electric vehicle investments? »

June 7, 2018

Energy policy expert Michael Wara comments on the decision to approve $768 million in transportation electrification projects and how it could affect utilities, the environment and...

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Arsenic in Groundwater »

June 5, 2018

Pumping an aquifer to the last drop squeezes out more than water. A Stanford study finds it can also unlock dangerous arsenic from buried clays – and reveals how sinking land can...

By Josie Gartwhaite, Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Gillnet fishing equipment

New tool Improves Fishing Efficiency and Sustainability »

May 30, 2018

Software targets the most abundant fishing grounds and reduces catch of unwanted or protected species using satellite data, maps and observations.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions

image of globe on plate

Changing How — and What — the World Eats »

May 30, 2018

The challenge of feeding a growing planet is on the table as food security expert Roz Naylor and "The Future of Everything" host Russ Altman discuss the rapidly changing landscape of...

By ​Stanford Engineering Staff, Stanford School of Engineering

2nd century AD mosaic illustrating The Odyssey by Homer.

Ancient Lessons on Managing Risk »

May 29, 2018

Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field reflects on what Homer's Odyssey can teach us about using knowledge to save lives, money and time. 

By Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Microscopic view of Nipah virus.

The Next Global Pandemic? »

May 25, 2018

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Map showing percentage gain in GDP per capita in 2100 from achieving 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming instead of 2 degrees.

Climate Mitigation Could Yield Trillions in Economic Benefits »

May 23, 2018

Stanford scientists found that the global economy is likely to benefit from ambitious global warming limits agreed to in the United Nations Paris Agreement.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

Fire and the Future of California Forests »

May 22, 2018

Stanford scholars met in Sacramento to discuss the growing threat of wildfires in California and what it means for managing the state's forests and public health.

By Sarah Cafasso, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Toyota Prius

What Does Environmentally Friendly Look Like? »

May 17, 2018

Without realizing it, our brains quickly learn to associate certain visual cues – a curve of a car or color of a product – with certain attributes, such as its environmental friendliness.

By Kimberly Hickock, Stanford News Service

girl washing hands

Reducing infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty »

May 11, 2018

Tapeworm infection from eating contaminated pork can damage the brain, causing learning impairments and possibly enforcing cycles of poverty. A new study is the first to look at...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

New water treatment plant tests Stanford technology for cleaning wastewater while creating energy »

May 10, 2018

By Tom Abate and Andy Myers, School of Engineering

biofuel plant

Carbon Capture a Financial Opportunity for U.S. Biofuels »

April 23, 2018

With recent tax credits and other policies, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground is not only possible but profitable for U.S. biofuel refineries.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford News Service

Stanford faculty participate in leadership training

The Art (and Science) of Collaboration »

April 19, 2018

New Woods leadership program coaches Stanford faculty on working across traditional boundaries

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

People play by a newly installed hand pump in Jedane, Ethiopia.

Toward a New Water Paradigm »

April 18, 2018

Four-year $1.9 million grant renews a partnership aimed at accelerating access to safe, reliable and affordable water services.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

brine shrimp

Ocean Swarms Revealed »

April 18, 2018

Massive swarms of tiny oceanic organisms like krill create enough turbulence when they migrate to redistribute ocean waters – an effect that may influence everything from distribution...

By Amy Adams, Stanford News Service

Three Reasons the Arctic is Changing and Why You Should Care | Q&A with Fran Ulmer »

April 16, 2018

On April 4 at Stanford, Fran Ulmer, Cox visiting professor in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Council, joined Stanford...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Traffic on a Los Angeles-area freeway

Potential Impacts of Emissions Rule Rollback  »

April 4, 2018

The U.S. EPA recently announced plans to scale back federal regulations to reduce emissions from cars and trucks, a sector responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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