Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Climate

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

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

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

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

oil refinery in Washington state

Stanford Experts Discuss Climate Case »

April 2, 2018

A closely watched federal trial pitting two cities against major oil companies has taken surprising and unorthodox turns. Stanford researchers examine the case, which could reshape...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

icebreaker ship

Arctic Perspectives »

March 21, 2018

Fran Ulmer, Arctic Research Commission chair and Stanford visiting scholar, discusses the region's growing importance for global climate, trade and geopolitics.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Setting expectations for negative-emission systems in U.S. to protect climate »

March 12, 2018

A new study assesses potential for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage in the United States.

By Mark Golden, Precourt Institute for Energy


What would be an effective and fair U.S. climate change policy? »

February 23, 2018

Stanford Economics Professor Larry Goulder discusses the implications of a range of US climate policy options in terms of their overall economic impacts and the distribution of these...

By Devon Ryan, 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

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


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

More frequent fires reduce soil carbon and fertility, slowing the regrowth of plants »

December 11, 2017

Long-term effects of repeated fires on soils found to have significant impacts on carbon storage not previously considered in global greenhouse gas estimates.

By Sarah Derouin, Stanford News Service

New Research at AGU 2017 »

December 8, 2017

Woods fellows, affiliates, students, and researchers join scientists from across the nation and the world at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Traffic passes through polluted air in Ningbo, China.

Global Emissions Inching Up After Years of Flat Growth »

November 13, 2017

An international research team reports that the increase in global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels has resumed after a 3-year respite and may increase again next year....

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Best Case Scenario for International Climate Talks »

November 7, 2017

Experts from around the world are gathering in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23) to discuss a path to implementation of the historic...

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researchers working with CT scanner

New techniques for removing carbon from the atmosphere »

November 6, 2017

As the world continues to burn 100 million barrels of oil a day – a rate that is expected to continue for the next 50 years – Stanford Earth researchers are developing greener ways of...

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

Link between media attention to drought and water savings »

October 25, 2017

With a new web-scraping and search algorithm and real water utility data, Stanford researchers have shown a relationship between media coverage of the recent historic California...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service