Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

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 various types of plastic.

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

Woods Senior Fellow Chris Field sees the big picture, and distills complex details into a cohesive whole. It’s no wonder the U.S. tapped him for leadership of the U.N.'s top climate...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

El Niño Increases Likelihood of a Wet Winter »

September 11, 2015

The extraordinary strength of the present El Niño may lead to a particularly wet winter in California, but Noah Diffenbaugh and Daniel Swain say that it might not be enough to end...

By Bjorn Carey

Honoring an Unsung Sustainability Champion »

September 10, 2015

The annual Stanford Bright Award recognizes unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability. Polly Courtice has won the 2015 award for her efforts...

Stanford News Service

Stanford Study: Pipeline Replacement Programs Effective »

September 9, 2015

Replacing older natural gas pipelines reduces leaks and improves consumer safety, according to research co-authored by Woods fellow

By Ker Than, Stanford News Service

Stanford Soil Sleuths Solve Mystery of Arsenic-Contaminated Water »

September 2, 2015

Stanford Earth scientist Scott Fendorf helped discover how trace amounts of arsenic were moving from sediments into groundwater aquifers in Southern California.

By Ker Than

Spider monkey eating

A Unified Model of Food Webs »

August 20, 2015

New mathematical model allows ecologists to view all food-web interactions through the same lens

U.S. Geological Survey

The western black-legged tick

Surprising Level of Tick-Borne Disease Risk »

August 19, 2015

Study reveals mysterious pathogen in higher concentrations than thought in trailside ticks in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

New Conservation Strategy Benefits People and Nature »

August 17, 2015

Stanford biologists working in Costa Rica outline an approach to habitat conservation that achieves diverse objectives

By Paige Miller

Bluegill fish

Ecological Society of America Showcases Notable Papers  »

August 12, 2015

Stanford researchers among authors honored in centennial issue of largest professional society devoted to ecological science

By Kristen Weiss and Sara Worden, Center for Ocean Solutions

New U.S. policies can discourage trophy hunting, Stanford expert says »

August 3, 2015

Stanford legal scholar David J. Hayes says that the American government and policymakers can take measures to help reduce sport hunting of endangered wildlife populations around the world...

By Clifton B. Parker, Stanford Report

Climate Change: Reaching the Three-Degree Threshold »

July 23, 2015

Earth could reach a 3°C temperature rise from preindustrial levels in as little as 30 years; researchers say stronger mitigation needed.

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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