Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Past News: 2018

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

girl washing hands

Reducing infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty »

May 11, 2018

Tapeworm infection from eating contaminated pork can damage the brain, causing learning impairments and possibly enforcing cycles of poverty. A new study is the first to look at infection rates within schools and propose solutions...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

New water treatment plant tests Stanford technology for cleaning wastewater while creating energy »

May 10, 2018

By Tom Abate and Andy Myers, School of Engineering

biofuel plant

Carbon Capture a Financial Opportunity for U.S. Biofuels »

April 23, 2018

With recent tax credits and other policies, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground is not only possible but profitable for U.S. biofuel refineries.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford News Service

Stanford faculty participate in leadership training

The Art (and Science) of Collaboration »

April 19, 2018

New Woods leadership program coaches Stanford faculty on working across traditional boundaries

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

People play by a newly installed hand pump in Jedane, Ethiopia.

Toward a New Water Paradigm »

April 18, 2018

Four-year $1.9 million grant renews a partnership aimed at accelerating access to safe, reliable and affordable water services.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

brine shrimp

Ocean Swarms Revealed »

April 18, 2018

Massive swarms of tiny oceanic organisms like krill create enough turbulence when they migrate to redistribute ocean waters – an effect that may influence everything from distribution of ocean nutrients to climate models.

By Amy Adams, Stanford News Service

Traffic on a Los Angeles-area freeway

Potential Impacts of Emissions Rule Rollback  »

April 4, 2018

The U.S. EPA recently announced plans to scale back federal regulations to reduce emissions from cars and trucks, a sector responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions nationally. Stanford law and policy experts examine how...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

oil refinery in Washington state

Stanford Experts Discuss Climate Case »

April 2, 2018

A closely watched federal trial pitting two cities against major oil companies has taken surprising and unorthodox turns. Stanford researchers examine the case, which could reshape the landscape of legal claims for climate...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

bicycle in field

Natural Assets and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance »

March 26, 2018

Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field reflects on the need for "special tools" to assess the full value of ecosystems and other natural assets. (Read related newsletter here; subscribe here.)

By Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

icebreaker ship

Arctic Perspectives »

March 21, 2018

Fran Ulmer, Arctic Research Commission chair and Stanford visiting scholar, discusses the region's growing importance for global climate, trade and geopolitics.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A tea plantation and surrounding landscape near Yangshuo, China.

Stanford Partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences »

March 16, 2018

Ongoing collaboration enters new phase of effort to help create science and policy approaches to sustainable, inclusive growth in China. Progress on restoring valuable natural services and alleviating poverty sets example for other...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Tourists watch dolphins in Golfo Dulce or Sweet Gulf, a rare tropical fjord estuary inthe Osa-Golfito region of Costa Rica. The inlet opens to the Pacific Ocean.

Moving Closer to Sustainability Goals  »

March 14, 2018

Appointment of new co-director brings marine focus and expanded reach for initiative in Costa Rica.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Setting expectations for negative-emission systems in U.S. to protect climate »

March 12, 2018

A new study assesses potential for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage in the United States.

By Mark Golden, Precourt Institute for Energy

Oil platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, California.

Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion? »

March 9, 2018

If federal plans move forward, most U.S. coastal waters would be open to offshore oil drilling. Stanford Professors Deborah Sivas and Alexandria Boehm look at related legal and marine issues from the perspective of the California...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

healthy and degraded corals

Before Reefs Become Deserts: Keeping Coral Healthy »

March 1, 2018

Researchers develop novel approach to understand both human and environmental impacts on coral reef health across the Hawaiian Islands.

By Nicole Kravec, Center for Ocean Solutions

Getting to Green Growth | Q&A with the Natural Capital Project’s Gretchen Daily »

February 23, 2018

Gretchen Daily, co-director of the Natural Capital Project and Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford, spoke with Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions Co-Director Jim Leape about the ideas behind a green growth...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


What would be an effective and fair U.S. climate change policy? »

February 23, 2018

Stanford Economics Professor Larry Goulder discusses the implications of a range of US climate policy options in terms of their overall economic impacts and the distribution of these impacts across industries and households.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Fishing vessels moored in Dalian, China.

Fishing's Global Footprint »

February 22, 2018

Satellite data from thousands of high seas fishing vessels over four years illuminate global fishing’s scope and pattern – down to single vessels and hourly activity – and hold promise for improving ocean management across the planet.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Noah Diffenbaugh, professor of Earth system science

What Happens if We Don't Meet Paris Agreement Goals? »

February 14, 2018

The Paris Agreement has aspirational goals of limiting temperature rise that won’t be met by current commitments. That difference could make the world another degree warmer and considerably more prone to extreme weather.

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service