Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2015

Drought Increases Spread of HIV in Africa »

June 24, 2015

When the rains fail in sub-Saharan Africa, some farmers try to make up for lost income through sex work. This, in turn, can increase local HIV infection rates by more than 10 percent, according to a new study.

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Oil palm plantation in Indonesia.

Toward More Sustainable Palm Oil »

June 23, 2015

Teams including Woods researchers awarded grants to explore sustainable palm oil supply chains and other potential environmental solutions

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

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Mass Extinction is Here »

June 22, 2015

Paul Ehrlich and others use highly conservative estimates to prove that species are disappearing faster than at any time since the dinosaurs' demise.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Aerial view of deforested section of Amazon forest

Agriculture and Deforestation: How to Reduce Impacts »

June 18, 2015

Researchers find that agricultural expansion along forest edges is much less damaging than within intact forest 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Planting mangroves for coastal protection in Placencia, Belize

How Valuing Nature is Transforming Decisions »

June 16, 2015

New studies by Natural Capital Project researchers show impact of factoring nature into economic and development decisions

By Stacey Solie, Natural Capital Project

How to Guide Consumers to Green Energy Choices »

June 16, 2015

Stanford research fellow shows that behavioral decision design can nudge people to purchase clean, renewable energy plans over fossil fuel.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

State-By-State Plan to Convert U.S. to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy »

June 8, 2015

Mark Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy by 2050

By Bjorn Carey

David Lobell named William Wrigley Senior Fellow »

May 26, 2015

FSE deputy director David Lobell has been named the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Lobell is also an Associate...

Freeman Spogli Institute


Pricing Water to Encourage Conservation »

May 12, 2015

Q & A with Stanford economist developing water demand model to inform water rate changes that meet conservation and revenue objectives

By Janny Choy, Water in the West

A resident of a slum in Cap Haitien, Haiti carries a dry toilet developed by Stanford engineers.

Sanitation Solution Exceeds Expectations »

May 6, 2015

Portable dry toilet and waste service system prove effective in urban slums 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford undergraduates funded by the MUIR program collect reservoir sediment to investigate its potential as agricultural soil

Finding Solutions While Inspiring Students »

May 4, 2015

Unique grant program provides mentorship for students and research assistance for faculty

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

The threatened African elephant

A World Without Big Plant-Eating Animals »

May 1, 2015

Stanford researcher and team of ecologists predict “enormous ecological, social and economic costs” from loss of large herbivores; offer solutions

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A freshwater prawn - natural enemy of a disease parasite-carrying snail

Little Prawn, Big Data »

April 30, 2015

Promising natural solution for disease uses mobile data to track spread  See program update 

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Marshall Burke

Human Conflict Heats Up With Global Warming »

April 24, 2015

A chance course at Stanford and a study-abroad trip to Nepal changed the trajectory of Marshall Burke’s career, leading him to a human-focused approach to studying climate change. His latest work deals with the link between rising...

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

Investing in the Future of California’s Water Sector »

April 21, 2015

Newsha K. Ajami and Barton H. Thompson are recent authors of a Hamilton Project Discussion Paper on water infrastructure and innovation in the United States.

By Newsha K. Ajami and Barton H. Thompson

Aerial view of the new campus Central Energy Facility in November 2014 as it nears completion

New Stanford Energy System Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 68% »

April 16, 2015

Innovative approach to meeting energy needs will make Stanford one of the world's most energy-efficient universities. Comprehensive new system incorporates solar power for electricity, combined with heat recovery. It...

Stanford News Service

Negotiating a Climate Pact: It All Starts With Good Data  »

April 9, 2015

The Global Carbon Project provides robust data for negotiators to consider during climate talks

By Paige Miller

Future Environmental Leaders Go to Boot Camp »

April 9, 2015

Participants in Stanford's Rising Environmental Leaders Program travel to the nation's capital for D.C. Boot Camp

By Paige Miller

March 2015 Snowpack measurement

Record-Low Snowpack: Bad News for California, Say Stanford Experts »

April 2, 2015

The snowpack in California's mountains is at the lowest level ever recorded. The long-term effects of the drought could be devastating. We recently interviewed Stanford's Noah Diffenbaugh and Leon Szeptycki about why California's...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Record-Low Snowpack and Climate Change: Experts Weigh In »

March 31, 2015

Vital Source of California Water at Lowest Level Ever