Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases: Climate


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

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

coal power plant

Stanford Experts on Clean Power Plan Rollback »

October 13, 2017

This week the EPA moved to roll back the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. Stanford legal and economic experts discuss this move and what it means for attempts to reduce greenhouse gas...

By Amy Adams and Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A white-lipped peccary

Animal Diversity Plays Important Role in Carbon Cycle »

October 9, 2017

With abundant data on plants, large animals and their activity, and carbon soil levels in the Amazon, Stanford-led research suggests that large animal diversity influences carbon...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

A rancher in Browns Valley, Calif. applies compost to grazed grasslands as part of a carbon sequestration study.

Soil Holds Potential to Slow Global Warming »

October 5, 2017

The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil’s potential...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford student Victoria Mendez visiting an organic dairy farm as part of her work on agricultural conservation easements for the California Department of Conservation.

Connecting Local Knowledge with Environmental Policy »

October 4, 2017

Stanford undergraduates gain hands-on experience with environmental policy work through unique internship program at California state agencies.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Bricks dry outside a kiln in Bangladesh.

Stanford Researchers Team up to Reduce Pollution and Improve Health »

September 14, 2017

Brick kilns and their pollution are ubiquitous in South Asia. An interdisciplinary team is combining satellite data and political persuasion to track kilns, raise public awareness and...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Hurricane Risks Underscore Value of Climate Reports »

September 11, 2017

Researchers at Stanford show the critical role assessment of climate change and other environmental issues can play in supporting actions and responses by decision-makers.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

rescuer in boat in Houston flooding

Stanford Experts on Hurricane Harvey Impacts »

September 1, 2017

Stanford experts comment on how climate change and infrastructure planning contribute to the severity of impacts from extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Forest in Northern California

Growing Carbon Offsets on Trees »

August 14, 2017

A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Q&A with Leon Szeptycki: Climate change & water in the West »

August 7, 2017

Leon Szeptycki, executive director of Stanford’s Water in the West program, discusses the challenges and responses to managing water in a changing climate.

By Devon Ryan, Water in the West

washed out road

Designing Infrastructure for a Changing Climate »

August 1, 2017

Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh joins a team of scientists and engineers who will study the future of infrastructure design in California under worsening climate change...

By Joanna Nurmis, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment