Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2009

Woods Fellow Chris Field Finds Climate Change Puts Ecosystems on the Run »

December 24, 2009

To keep up with global warming, the average ecosystem will need to shift its physical boundaries about a quarter mile each year, says a new study led by scientists at Stanford University and the Carnegie Institution. For some...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford Report

Stanford 'Goes Green' with Digital Edition of Undergraduate Education Report »

December 17, 2009

The digital pages of Stanford's latest report on undergraduate education feature embedded videos of students – present and past – talking about life on The Farm, and thanking the many donors whose contributions helped make that...

By Kathleen J. Sullivan, Stanford Report

Tracking the Lost Water of Napa's Vineyards »

December 16, 2009

Getting the most out of every drop of water is a high priority for grape growers in the southern Napa Valley, where summers are hot and dry and vines have to be irrigated to make it through the growing season. But Stanford...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford News Service

Global Warming Could Significantly Impact U.S. Wine and Corn Production, Stanford Scientists Say »

December 16, 2009

Center Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh's research team is using recorded observations of natural events to generate computer forecasts of how U.S. wine and corn production could be affected by global warming in the next 30 years.

By Communications Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Researchers Track the Lost Water of Napa Valley Vineyards »

December 16, 2009

Getting the most out of every drop of water is a high priority for grape growers in the southern Napa Valley, where summers are hot and dry and vines have to be irrigated to make it through the growing season. But Stanford...

By Mark Shwartz, Stanford Report

Ethanol Results in Higher Ozone Concentrations than Gasoline: Research Led by Woods Fellow Mark Jacobson »

December 14, 2009

Ethanol, often promoted as a clean-burning, renewable fuel that could help wean the nation from oil, would likely cause more ozone-related health problems than gasoline, especially in winter, according to a new study led by...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford Report

Stanford Researchers Attend U.N. Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen »

December 8, 2009

Some 15,000 participants from 193 nations are expected to attend COP15, the 15th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Copenhagen through Dec. 18. The conference is an attempt to reach a...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford Report

Woods Fellow Rob Dunbar Honored with Lyman Award »

December 3, 2009

Rob Dunbar, professor of geological and environmental sciences, received this year’s Lyman Award from the Stanford Alumni Association Tuesday. The award recognizes faculty who contribute unique and dedicated initiatives in service...

By News Staff, Stanford Dish

Video: Global Warming Increases Risk of Civil War in Africa »

November 30, 2009

Climate change could increase the likelihood of civil war in sub-Saharan Africa by over 50 percent within the next two decades, according to a new study led by a team of researchers at Stanford University, the University of...

By Jack Hubbard, Stanford Report

The Thought Leader Interview: Gretchen Daily »

November 24, 2009

Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily, a director of the Natural Capital Project, discusses the business approach to conservation with the editor-in-chief of "strategy+business." The interview coincided with Daily's presentation on natural...

By Art Kleiner, strategy+business

Global Warming Increases Risk of Civil War in Africa, Stanford Researchers Say »

November 23, 2009

Climate change is likely to increase the number of civil wars raging in Africa, according to a study co-authored by Center Fellow David Lobell. Historical records show that in warmer-than-average years, the number of conflicts...

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Winslow Briggs Awarded International Prize for Biology »

November 18, 2009

Diehard Stanford football fans won’t let a little thing like a 17-hour time difference or 5,000 miles dampen their Cardinal spirit. U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, ’77, JD ’80, and his wife, Susie Roos, ’78, will host a Big...

By News Staff, Stanford Report

Q&A: What's Next in Stanford's Plan to Reduce Energy Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions »

November 16, 2009

In a recent meeting of the Faculty Senate, Joseph Stagner, executive director of the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management, explained Stanford's $250 million Energy and Climate Plan. Under a long-term plan unveiled...

By News Staff, Stanford Report

Earth's Early Ocean Cooled More than a Billion Years Earlier than Thought, Study Finds »

November 11, 2009

The scalding-hot sea that supposedly covered the early Earth may in fact never have existed, according to a new study by Stanford University researchers who analyzed isotope ratios in 3.4 billion-year-old ocean floor rocks. Their...

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford Report

Woods Institute Awards Fall 2009 Mel Lane Student Program Grants »

November 9, 2009

Five student group projects received Mel Lane Student Program Grants for Fall 2009. Funded projects include a campus-wide sustainability competition and a bimonthly lecture series on the environment. For a list of grant recipients,...

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Faculty Senate to Hear Report on Stanford's Energy and Climate Plan  »

November 5, 2009

Energy sustainability on campus is one of several topics on the agenda today when the Faculty Senate convenes its third meeting of autumn quarter. The senate also will hear presentations by John Powers, president and chief...

By Kathleen J. Sullivan, Stanford News

Stanford Ecologist Paul Ehrlich to Receive Environmental Award in Spain »

November 5, 2009

Instead of pouring tax money into automobile industry bailouts, the government should invest in a new infrastructure to deal with changing climate patterns, said  Paul Ehrlich, professor of ecology.

By Janelle Weaver, Stanford Report

Tags Reveal White Sharks Have Neighborhoods in the North Pacific »

November 4, 2009

A tracking study of white sharks in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean shows they adhere to a rigid route of migration across the sea, returning to precisely the same spot along the California coast each time they come back, according...

By News Staff, Stanford Report

Stanford Research Team Receives Funding to Study Energy Efficiency and Human Behavior »

November 2, 2009

A Stanford University research team has been awarded $6.27 million to develop an interactive software system that encourages people to be more energy efficient at home. The funding, which covers a two-year period, includes...

By News Staff, Stanford Report

Stanford Faculty Turn to Environmental Venture Projects to Save the Planet »

November 2, 2009

You don't have to soar over skyscrapers sporting blue tights and a flowing red cape to save planet Earth. In fact, a lone superhero can't pull it off. To solve major global challenges, such as climate change, you need a solid team...

By Janelle Weaver, Stanford Report