Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2018

A New Way to Store Wind and Solar Electricity on a Large Scale »

July 19, 2018

A new type of flow battery that involves a liquid metal more than doubled the maximum voltage of conventional flow batteries and could lead to affordable storage of renewable power.

By Mark Golden, Precourt Institute for Energy

Jon Krosnick

Public support for climate policy remains strong »

July 16, 2018

A new study shows that Americans overwhelmingly want a reduction in global warming and support renewable energy development. But according to the data, Americans don’t realize how many people share their beliefs.

By Melissa De Witte, Stanford News Service

Island Foxes

Tackling wildfire, health and environmental risks  »

July 12, 2018

The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment announces winners of new grants supporting innovative research and technology solutions to pressing environmental issues.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Jet in air

Discovery Could Enable Long-Term Weather Forecasts and Better Climate Models »

July 10, 2018

If you can predict the path of the jet stream, the upper atmosphere’s undulating river of wind, then you can predict weather – not just for a week or two, but for an entire season. A new Stanford study moves toward that level of...

By Josie Gartwhaite, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

New Leadership at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment »

July 6, 2018

David B. Lobell will step in as director Sept. 1, 2018. Lobell succeeds Rosamond L. Naylor, who has been director since FSE’s inception in 2005.

By Michelle Horton, Center on Food Security and the Environment

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Getting to Net-Zero Emissions: A Q&A with Stanford Experts »

July 2, 2018

Stanford researchers discuss the technologies and steps it will take to reach a net-zero carbon emission energy future.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Poor Air Quality Responsible for One in Five Infant Deaths in Sub‑Saharan Africa »

June 27, 2018

Satellite measurements of air quality across sub-Saharan Africa revealed small improvements in air quality could be one of the most effective interventions to curb infant mortality rates.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

 flooding in Port Arthur, Texas, in August 2017

Coastal Resilience »

June 27, 2018

Stanford policy and climate experts discuss ways to secure communities and military installations in the face of increasing flooding.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

LInC: A New Cohort of Collaborative Faculty Leaders »

June 13, 2018

Join us in welcoming the inaugural group of fellows in the LInC (Leading Interdisciplinary Collaborations) program for Stanford faculty. Based at the Stanford Woods Institute, LInC is a fellowship program for outstanding...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Leadership and Science: a Q&A with Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences »

June 9, 2018

Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences, recently discussed science careers and leadership at Stanford University during a conversation with Woods Institute Director Chris Field. McNutt served as the Director...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

fish

How can global partnerships help conserve the ocean? »

June 8, 2018

Q&A with Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Co-Director Jim Leape on his involvement with Friends of Ocean Action.

By Nicole Kravec, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions

Can utilities afford electric vehicle investments? »

June 7, 2018

Energy policy expert Michael Wara comments on the decision to approve $768 million in transportation electrification projects and how it could affect utilities, the environment and California ratepayers.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

water

Arsenic in Groundwater »

June 5, 2018

Pumping an aquifer to the last drop squeezes out more than water. A Stanford study finds it can also unlock dangerous arsenic from buried clays – and reveals how sinking land can provide an early warning and measure of contamination.

By Josie Gartwhaite, Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Gillnet fishing equipment

New tool Improves Fishing Efficiency and Sustainability »

May 30, 2018

Software targets the most abundant fishing grounds and reduces catch of unwanted or protected species using satellite data, maps and observations.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions

image of globe on plate

Changing How — and What — the World Eats »

May 30, 2018

The challenge of feeding a growing planet is on the table as food security expert Roz Naylor and "The Future of Everything" host Russ Altman discuss the rapidly changing landscape of agriculture.

By ​Stanford Engineering Staff, Stanford School of Engineering

2nd century AD mosaic illustrating The Odyssey by Homer.

Ancient Lessons on Managing Risk »

May 29, 2018

Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field reflects on what Homer's Odyssey can teach us about using knowledge to save lives, money and time. 

By Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Microscopic view of Nipah virus.

The Next Global Pandemic? »

May 25, 2018

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Map showing percentage gain in GDP per capita in 2100 from achieving 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming instead of 2 degrees.

Climate Mitigation Could Yield Trillions in Economic Benefits »

May 23, 2018

Stanford scientists found that the global economy is likely to benefit from ambitious global warming limits agreed to in the United Nations Paris Agreement.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

Fire and the Future of California Forests »

May 22, 2018

Stanford scholars met in Sacramento to discuss the growing threat of wildfires in California and what it means for managing the state's forests and public health.

By Sarah Cafasso, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Toyota Prius

What Does Environmentally Friendly Look Like? »

May 17, 2018

Without realizing it, our brains quickly learn to associate certain visual cues – a curve of a car or color of a product – with certain attributes, such as its environmental friendliness.

By Kimberly Hickock, Stanford News Service

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