Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2017

Panel members at the Global Food Security Symposium, Nov. 29 2017.

Feeding Africa and the World in the 21st Century »

December 12, 2017

Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) gathered to discuss transforming food production in Africa at Stanford on Nov. 29. The symposium, hosted by the Center on Food Security and the...

By Michelle Horton, Center on Food Security and the Enviornment

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

How can universities pursue sustainability? Q&A with Stanford Earth’s Pam Matson »

December 1, 2017

Stanford Earth professor Pam Matson, who served as dean of that school for 15 years, spoke with Stanford Woods Institute Director Chris Field about Stanford’s work to link knowledge to action on environment and sustainability...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How close is too close for hydraulic fracturing? »

November 27, 2017

New research finds hydraulic fracturing wells and domestic wells are found closer together than expected.

By Sarah Derouin, Water in the West

Bright award recipients Andrij and Roman Zinchenko

Green Energy, Democracy and Regulation  »

November 20, 2017

Cofounders of Ukraine energy innovation network announce plans to use Stanford award money to establish new center showcasing green tech innovators.

By Sharon Driscoll, Stanford Law School

Winds of change for vertical axis turbines? »

November 17, 2017

New research suggests vertical axis turbines, which may have fewer impacts on birds and the environment, could increase public support for new wind energy installations.

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. Despite the findings, improved energy efficiency and...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Fish in the waters of Palmyra Atoll

Loss of Protections for Marine Sanctuaries Would Threaten Environment and Fisheries »

November 9, 2017

Federal regulators have indicated they may open some marine national monuments to commercial fishing. Researchers who have studied these and adjacent areas discuss their value and the potential impacts of a change in protected status.

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 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

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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 extracting the oil and mitigating the resulting...

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

Hal Mooney

A ‘Big Picture’ Ecologist: Hal Mooney  »

November 2, 2017

Stanford ecologist Hal Mooney was 18-years-old and taking a break from working as a “mess boy” aboard a Norwegian cargo ship when inspiration struck.

By Christine Black

A coral reef outside of Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Can Corals Adapt to Climate Change? »

November 1, 2017

Corals can persist if nations control emissions, new research shows.

By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News and Media Relations

hand holding cell phone amid mosquitoes

Seeking Citizen Scientists to Track Mosquitoes »

October 31, 2017

A simple recording of a mosquito’s buzz on a cellphone could contribute to a global-scale mosquito tracking map of unprecedented detail.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

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 drought and household water savings.

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

A child sorts through plastic trash in Nicaragua.

The History and Future of the Plastics Economy »

October 25, 2017

Plastics are inexpensive and pervasive, but also degrade slowly and damage critical ecosystems. Stanford chemist Robert Waymouth discusses changes in incentives and technologies to create a more sustainable future for plastics.

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Environmental Work Earns Gretchen Daily the Blue Planet Prize »

October 19, 2017

Woods Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily is collecting the Blue Planet Prize in Tokyo for her work promoting practical conservation by revealing the value of nature to human well-being and development.

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Adam Stanford-Moore measures glacier movement on Mt. Baker, Washington State.

Next Generation Environmental Problem Solvers »

October 16, 2017

Stanford undergraduate students reflect on experiences with a unique program that supports interdisciplinary environmental research during the summer.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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 emissions.

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 stocks and contributes to climate change mitigation.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

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