Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2015

Steve luby discusses water and child health

The Health Impact of Access to Chlorinated Water »

October 26, 2015

New U.N. Sustainable Development Goals include a new criterion, water quality. Stanford researchers launched a major study of the health impact of access to chlorinated water in Bangladesh, funded by the World Bank. 

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Earth from Space

Economic Cost of Climate Change Higher Than Expected »

October 22, 2015

Research finds that without climate change mitigation, even wealthy countries will see an economic downturn by 2100.

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Meghan Shea with jellyfish

Stanford Students Spend Summer Seeking Environmental Solutions »

October 20, 2015

A unique grant program provides mentorship for students doing solutions-oriented environmental fieldwork around the world and vital research assistance for faculty.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Making a Living, Sustainably »

October 19, 2015

Stanford initiative reconciles perceived conflicts between human prosperity and protection of natural resources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh collects water at a community pump

Showcasing Stanford Work to Engineer Clean Water Solutions  »

October 19, 2015

Engaging multimedia story / educational project features Stanford project to develop low-cost, low-tech solutions to reduce the spread of disease in regions of low water quality.

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Zachary Brown in kayak

A Trek on the Edge of Wilderness »

October 16, 2015

Zachary Brown defends his thesis, then travels 2,300 miles by foot and by kayak to establish an Alaskan field school, where he hopes to inspire the next generation's understanding of the environment.

By Ker Than and Bjorn Carey, Stanford School of Earthy, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Yellow cedars show dieback in a stand south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Climate Change Requires New Conservation Models »

October 15, 2015

In a world transformed by climate change and human activity, Stanford scientists say that conserving biodiversity and protecting species will require an interdisciplinary combination of ecological and social research methods.

By Ker Than, Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences


Mosquito Surveillance Gets Major Funding »

October 15, 2015

Woods-affiliated researcher among Stanford scientists receiving awards totaling $11.5 million to pursue high-risk, high-reward research. 

Stanford School of Medicine

Susan Rice

Climate Change as National Security Threat »

October 14, 2015

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice calls climate change a "threat multiplier," advocates action.

By Clifton Parker, Stanford News Service

girl with bucket

How Toilets Affect Child Health »

October 13, 2015

For decades, scientists have evaluated the health impact of sanitation conditions by measuring rates of diarrheal disease. New studies show that child growth improves after communities reduce open defecation.

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Polly Courtice

Toward More Sustainable Business Practices »

October 1, 2015

Bright Award honoree discusses her efforts to guide business leaders to more sustainable practices.

Stanford News Service

Mealworms eat through Styrofoam.

Plastic-Eating Worms May Offer Solution to Mounting Waste »

September 29, 2015

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade Styrofoam.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Chris Field, the U.S. nominee to head U.N. climate change organization

A Man for All Climates »

September 28, 2015

When it comes to climate change, Stanford climate scientist Chris Field sees the big picture, and distills complex details into a cohesive whole.

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

Woods Senior Fellow Barbara Block and Charles Farwell of the Monterey Bay Aquarium tag a Pacific bluefin tuna.

Pacific Bluefin Tunas' Favorite Feeding Spots »

September 25, 2015

Woods senior fellow and other scientists devise a new methodology for measuring how and when ocean predators consume prey, and identify the Pacific bluefin's favorite hot spots, information that can inform conservation strategies.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Social Capital as Key to Conservation »

September 24, 2015

New research explores the importance of reciprocity and trust among local-level institutions, organizations and social networks to preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable rural development.

By Austin Cruz, Osa & Golfito Initiative

BPA in School Lunches »

September 23, 2015

School meals may contain unsafe levels of a toxic chemical, putting low-income students particularly at risk

By Paige Miller, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Endangered jaguar, one of the animals featured in new book co-auhthored by Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich

The Annihilation of Nature »

September 21, 2015

New book co-authored by famed biologist Paul Ehrlich details extinction threat to animal species around the world.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A new Stanford study debunks a widely accepted view of a hiatus in the recent rate of global warming.

Global Warming 'Hiatus' Never Happened »

September 17, 2015

A new study reveals the evidence for a recent pause in the rate of global warming lacks a sound statistical basis. The finding highlights the importance of using appropriate statistical techniques and should improve confidence in...

By Ker Than, Stanford News Service

Dispatch from the Farm »

September 17, 2015

It is the end of summer and time for another Iowa report. My wife and I own a medium-sized farm in East Central Iowa that produces corn and soybeans, and beef from a cow/calf herd. My day job is as Professor of International...

By Walter Falcon, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Rendering of planned Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park in Los Angeles, which will capture and treat up to 900 acre-ft per year of stormwater.

Urban Water: Stormwater as Drought Solution »

September 14, 2015

Stanford researchers are working with local and federal agencies to provide template for capture and reuse of stormwater in dry regions such as the American West 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment