Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases


A Fair and Effective U.S. Climate Change Policy? »

February 23, 2018

Stanford economics Professor Larry Goulder discusses the tradeoffs of federal climate policy options and finds ways to enhance both societal health and economic benefits.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Fishing vessels moored in Dalian, China.

Fishing's Global Footprint »

February 22, 2018

Satellite data from thousands of high seas fishing vessels over four years illuminate global fishing’s scope and pattern – down to single vessels and hourly activity – and hold...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Noah Diffenbaugh, professor of Earth system science

What Happens if We Don't Meet Paris Agreement Goals? »

February 14, 2018

The Paris Agreement has aspirational goals of limiting temperature rise that won’t be met by current commitments. That difference could make the world another degree warmer and...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service


How Will Small-Scale Fisheries Fare in a Changing Climate? »

February 14, 2018

Rising seas pose a near-term threat to Pacific island communities who rely on marine populations for food and industry. Larry Crowder and Elena Finkbeiner discuss how these...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

oil palm fruit

Limited Scope of Corporate Sustainability »

February 12, 2018

The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How to Keep the Lights on with 100% Clean, Renewable Energy »

February 8, 2018

Stanford engineers propose three separate ways to avoid blackouts if the world transitions all its energy to electricity or direct heat and provides the energy with 100 percent wind,...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Cape Town, South Africa

Running Out of Water: Cape Town, the U.S., and Drought »

February 7, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa—a modern city of nearly 4 million residents—is on the brink of running out of water. Law expert Buzz Thompson (who has spent time in South Africa, including...

By Sharon Driscoll, Stanford Law School

Study data collectors measure a child’s growth in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to assess impact of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

Surprising Sanitation Findings »

January 29, 2018

Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development,...

By Rachel Leslie, Stanford News Service

Deforestation in Australia's Toolangi State Forest.

Getting to Zero Deforestation »

January 29, 2018

Stanford-led synthesis paper reveals strengths and weaknesses of corporate environmental pledges; prescribes solutions to boost effectiveness.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Chris Field

Expanding the Dialogue »

January 25, 2018

Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field outlines a vision for making interdisciplinary research successful, moving it beyond the boundaries of academia, and building relationships that...

By Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

California state capitol in Sacramento

States Lead the Way on Climate »

January 25, 2018

Looking at lessons from California's journey toward a low-carbon economy.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A Cap-And-Trade System of Water Conservation and Resiliency? »

January 24, 2018

New research proposes a regional and collective management approach to water resources based on realities of supply and demand.

By Sarah Derouin, Water in the West

A man collects water from a river in Senegal

Seeking Disease Solutions in Nature »

January 24, 2018

New program aims to pioneer cost-effective ecological solutions to disease.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

video screen grab of coral and diver

Learning Through Fieldwork on Pacific Coral Reefs »

January 24, 2018

Explore coral reefs of Palau with Stanford undergraduates taught by Woods senior fellows.

By Danielle Torrent Tucker, Stanford News Service


How Glaciers Interact »

January 23, 2018

Two of the most rapidly changing glaciers in Antarctica, which are leading contributors to sea-level rise, may behave as an interacting system rather than separate entities, according...

By Danielle Torrent Tucker, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Aomistic model of cellulose

Discovery Holds Promise for Energy, Medicine and More »

January 22, 2018

The discovery of a new type of cellulose – the world’s most abundant biomolecule – offers opportunities for multiple advances from renewable fuel to antibiotics.

By Mark Golden, Stanford News Service

RELP fellows in front of U.S. Capitol

Future Environmental Leaders »

January 18, 2018

Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from a wide range of fields look to shape environmental solutions.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

periodic table

Understanding a Renewable Energy Obstacle »

January 17, 2018

The supply chains for critical and rare minerals are vulnerable to political and economic disruptions that could hamper the global shift to a renewable energy future.

By Ker Than, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Leafy green vegetables are produced in a growing facility in Western Cape Province, South Africa.

Food Retailer’s Sustainability Program Drives Farmers’ Environmental Practices »

January 9, 2018

In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, Stanford researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of...

By Danielle Torrent Tucker, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Mikael Wolfe

History Lessons on Environmental Technology »

January 9, 2018

A Stanford historian argues that our sense of the past and present is more comprehensive when nature and technology are viewed as interdependent rather than in opposition. He applied...

By Alex Shashkevich, Stanford News Service

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