Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

Study: Amazon rain forest responds quickly to extreme climate events »

April 28, 2016

A new study examining carbon exchange in the Amazon rain forest following extremely hot and dry spells reveals tropical ecosystems might be more sensitive to climate change than...

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

Setting Climate Priorities for the Next U.S. President »

April 22, 2016

White House Veterans to Gather at Stanford May 6 for Conference on the Next U.S. President’s Climate Change Agenda

New Tool Calculates Economic Costs of Methane Leak Detection »

April 20, 2016

The “virtual gas field simulator” developed by Stanford scientists calculates the economic costs of different technologies for plugging and repairing leaky natural gas wells.

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

Society needs to better understand the economics of climate change, Stanford researchers say »

April 14, 2016

Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues.

By Laura Seaman, Stanford News Service

The Amazon rainforest might be home to more animals than previously thought, Stanford scientists show »

April 14, 2016

By tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters, researchers found that conventional surveying techniques underestimate animal populations and miss species in the remote Amazon. Producing...

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Future Environmental Leaders Go 'Inside the Beltway' for Spring Break »

April 12, 2016

Fellows in Stanford's Rising Environmental Leaders Program get crash course on linking science to policy at DC Bootcamp

By Christine Black

terraced farms in the Andes

Populations of Early Humans Grew Like Invasive Species »

April 6, 2016

When humans colonized South America, their populations grew like a typical invasive species – an initial explosive growth rapidly reached the environment's carrying capacity. Agriculture...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Sebastien Tilmans, operations director of the William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center, which is set to open in May.

Stanford's Codiga Resource Recovery Center to Open in May »

April 4, 2016

The new Codiga Resource Recovery Center, which opens in May on Bonair Siding, could revolutionize the 100-year-old wastewater treatment paradigm while it helps accelerate the...

By Kate Chesley, Stanford News Service

nearly snowless Tioga Pass

Rise of the 'Ridiculously Resilient Ridge' »

April 1, 2016

Atmospheric patterns resembling those that appeared during the latter half of California's ongoing multi-year drought are becoming more common, according to Stanford scientists.

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staff members sample a monitoring well for contaminants from hydraulic fracturing in Pavillion, Wyoming.

Fracking's Impact to Drinking Water Sources »

March 29, 2016

A case study of a small Wyoming town reveals that practices common in the fracking industry may have widespread impacts on drinking water resources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Recently cleared forest and fire in the background, Alto Paraguay, Paraguay

Inconsistent Regulations Let Deforestation Shift Across Regions »

March 28, 2016

Addressing deforestation requires greater harmonization of regulations across geographies and support for sustainable intensification in agriculture, according to research by Stanford...

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Protecting Coral Reefs with Bubbles »

March 24, 2016

Bubbles – yes, bubbles – could help protect coral reefs, oyster farms and other coastal ecosystems from increasing ocean acidification, according to new research by Stanford scientists...

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

Soybean field in Brazil's Cerradao forest.

Computer Model Helps Explain Impacts on Forests and People »

March 14, 2016

Stanford simulation shows that carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and land.

By Bethany Augliere, Stanford News Service

Water tower in Flint, Michigan

Stanford Water Expert on Lessons of Flint, Michigan, Crisis »

March 11, 2016

The lead in Flint's water due to a failure of government responsibility and a lack of water systems knowledge, says Woods fellow, but the health crisis can provide strategies for...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford scientists

Renewable Plastic From Carbon Dioxide and Plants »

March 9, 2016

New technology developed by Stanford scientists could provide a green alternative to petroleum-based plastic bottles and other polyester products.

By Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy

plantations and a natural temperate forest

Deforestation Solution »

February 29, 2016

Collaborative efforts between companies and environmentalists to reduce deforestation are more than twice as effective as "confrontational" programs developed by either industry or...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Research ship Oceanus

Solving an Ocean Mystery »

February 25, 2016

Stanford scientists discover intense ocean turbulence near sea floor in equatorial Pacific. Findings could help explain oceans circulation and improve future climate forecasts.

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

Woman collects drinking water near an oil and gas field

Weighing the Risk of Groundwater Contamination From Oil and Gas Wells »

February 23, 2016

Faulty, shallow wells can leak oil and natural gas into underground drinking-water supplies, Stanford Professor Rob Jackson finds.

By Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy

California’s Ecosystems: The Definitive Guide »

February 17, 2016

Stanford researchers contribute to major overview of California natural resources

By Rob Jordan

The Plight of Bluefin Tunas »

February 16, 2016

By Kristen Weiss

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