Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2008

Reforestation Helped Trigger Little Ice Age, Researchers Say »

December 17, 2008

The power of viruses is well documented in human history. Swarms of little viral David's have repeatedly laid low the great Goliaths of human civilization, most famously in the devastating pandemics that swept the New World during...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford News Service

Stanford Researchers Predict Heat Waves and Crop Losses in California »

December 14, 2008

Global warming will likely put enormous strain on California's water supply and energy systems and have a devastating impact on certain crops.

By Kayvon Sharghi, Stanford News Service

Wind, Water and Sun Beat Other Energy Alternatives, Study Finds »

December 10, 2008

The best ways to improve energy security, mitigate global warming and reduce the number of deaths caused by air pollution are blowing in the wind and rippling in the water, not growing on prairies or glowing inside nuclear power...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford News Service

Groundwater Sustainability Workshop »

December 5, 2008

On Dec. 5, scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders attended a Woods Institute workshop on groundwater, “Challenges to, Solutions for, and Research Directions in Aquifer Depletion and Salinization." The daylong discussion...

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Student Brings Enterprise, Wide-Ranging Experience to Search for Solar Breakthrough »

December 4, 2008

Craig Peters has been a student of literature and martial arts, a stock trader, and an entrepreneur who built a credit card rewards company, but failed to break into the Japanese smoothie market. He’s not afraid to try new things,...

By Stanford Engineering Staff, Stanford Engineering

Ecosystem Services Workshop »

December 3, 2008

On Dec. 3, the Woods Institute and The Nature Conservancy held the Ecosystems Services Workshop, which explored opportunities for integrating ecosystem services values into California’s regulatory and administrative policies.

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Environmental Venture Projects Grant Deadline Is Jan. 9 »

December 3, 2008

The Woods Institute for the Environment invites Stanford faculty to submit applications for the 2009 Environmental Venture Projects grant program. Grants provide seed funding for interdisciplinary research that could lead to...

By News Staff, Stanford News Service

Natural Capital Project to Develop Conservation Software »

November 25, 2008

The Natural Capital Project—a collaboration of Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund—has been awarded a two-year, $1.97 million grant from the Gordon and Betty...

By Mark Shwartz, Stanford News Service

Stanford Researchers Investigate How Plants Adapt to Climate »

November 24, 2008

How many mouths does a plant need in order to survive? The answer changes depending on climate, and some of the decisions are made long before a new leaf sprouts.

By Kayvon Sharghi, Stanford News Service

Entrepreneur Says Green Tech Must First Make Economic Sense »

November 19, 2008

Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla warned that the world cannot simply conserve its way out of the current environmental crisis and must instead create technology alternatives that are both affordable and widely accepted by consumers...

By Michele Chandler, Stanford News Service

County Planners to Hear Land-Use Study »

November 19, 2008

Stanford will present a land-use study Thursday to the Santa Clara County Planning Commission that outlines how it will continue to promote compact development on its central campus and protect natural resources in its 2,200 acres...

By Kathleen J. Sullivan, Stanford News Service

Vinod Khosla to Lecture on Business and the Environment Nov. 17 »

November 12, 2008

Leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla will deliver the annual Conradin von Gugelberg Memorial Lecture on the Environment at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in Bishop Auditorium at the Graduate School of Business.

By News Staff, Stanford News Service

Precourt Institute Awards Faculty New Round of Research Grants »

November 12, 2008

The Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency has awarded its second round of competitive research grants to members of the Stanford faculty. Seven proposals will receive a total of $824,000 in seed grants over the next year for...

By News Staff, Stanford News Service

Woods Institute and Bill Lane Center Host Workshop on 'Water in the West' »

November 11, 2008

More than 50 researchers, policymakers, business leaders, and NGO representatives attended a workshop on "Water in the West" hosted by the Woods Institute and the Bill Lane Center for the West. The two-day discussion focused on...

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Traditional Farming Sustains Bird Diversity in India, Study Finds »

November 10, 2008

A remote area of southwest India provides evidence that farming can support species conservation, according to a new study.

By Kayvon Sharghi, Stanford News Service

Study on Sanitation in Tanzania by Woods Fellow Jenna Davis »

October 31, 2008

In a hotel conference room five floors above Dar es Salaam, Jenna Davis is prepping a team of 22 Tanzanians who soon will begin surveying hundreds of local families about their habits regarding water, sanitation and hygiene....

By Robert L. Strauss, Stanford Magazine

Natural Capital Project Releases Beta Version of InVEST Software »

October 30, 2008

InVEST is a family of tools to map and value the goods and services from nature which are essential for sustaining and fulfilling human life

By Natural Capital Staff, Natural Capital Project

Yellowstone Amphibians Killed by Global Warming, Study Finds »

October 29, 2008

Frogs and salamanders, those amphibious bellwethers of environmental danger, are being killed in Yellowstone National Park. The predator, Stanford researchers say, is global warming.

By Dan Stober, Stanford News Service

Major Grant Awarded for Study of Tuberculosis [quotes Woods fellow Gary Schoolnik] »

October 22, 2008

Researchers at the School of Medicine are working to discover the secrets of one of the world's most prevalent diseases: tuberculosis. A new project, funded by a $19.8 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and...

By Stephanie Pappas, Stanford News Service

Jasper Ridge: Research in the Field at Stanford's Biological Preserve [cites Woods fellows & programs] »

October 22, 2008

After the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was the co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, Christopher Field, faculty director of Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, director of the Carnegie...

By News Staff, Stanford News Service