Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

COP21: Informing Climate Agreement »

November 23, 2015

Decades of Stanford Research Underpin Global Climate Talks in Paris

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute

solar panels and wind turbines

Underground Solution for Solar Energy Storage »

November 23, 2015

A common criticism of a total transition to wind, water and solar power is that the U.S. electrical grid can't affordably store enough standby electricity to keep the system stable...

By Dan Stober, Stanford News Service

California state capitol in Sacramento

Woods Fellows on Water Future »

November 23, 2015

Woods fellows testify on climate change effects and water innovation at a recent hearing of California’s Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Global Warming: Can World's Nations Agree on 2 Degrees? »

November 23, 2015

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Residents of a slum in Cap Haitien, Haiti bring home a container-based toilet

World Toilet Day: Not All Can Flush and Forget »

November 19, 2015

Chances are most people in the developed world can easily access a safe, convenient toilet. Globally, however, more than one in four people live in a world without access to a decent...

Measuring Crop Yields From Space »

November 10, 2015

Stanford-led team uses satellites to measure a special light emitted by plants to estimate crop yields with more accuracy than ever before. This advance will help scientists study how...

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Offshore wind turbines

In the Line of Sight: Wind Energy Breakthrough »

November 4, 2015

Research highlights a breakthrough in the way wind power projects are sited, by modeling both viewshed data and wind power. The findings could save years of time and millions of dollars...

By Stacey Solie, Natural Capital Project

Stanford's new energy facility

Stanford Statement on Climate Change »

October 28, 2015

With an international conference on climate change approaching, Stanford issues a call for global leaders to look to universities for solutions – and highlights steps Stanford has taken...

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Residents of a slum in Cap Haitien, Haiti bring home a container-based toilet

A Sanitation Solution Worth Paying For »

October 27, 2015

Stanford-led study shows three out of four residents of an impoverished Haitian neighborhood continued to use – and pay for – a new toilet service after a test period ended.

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

An elephant grazes

Loss of Large Land Mammals Could Change Landscapes Forever »

October 26, 2015

As large mammals disappear, the ecosystems they inhabit change permanently, according to a study co-authored by a Woods senior fellow

By Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley

Steve luby discusses water and child health

The Health Impact of Access to Chlorinated Water »

October 26, 2015

New U.N. Sustainable Development Goals include a new criterion, water quality. Stanford researchers launched a major study of the health impact of access to chlorinated water in...

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Earth from Space

Economic Cost of Climate Change Higher Than Expected »

October 22, 2015

Research finds that without climate change mitigation, even wealthy countries will see an economic downturn by 2100.

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Meghan Shea with jellyfish

Stanford Students Spend Summer Seeking Environmental Solutions »

October 20, 2015

A unique grant program provides mentorship for students doing solutions-oriented environmental fieldwork around the world and vital research assistance for faculty.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Making a Living, Sustainably »

October 19, 2015

Stanford initiative reconciles perceived conflicts between human prosperity and protection of natural resources.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh collects water at a community pump

Showcasing Stanford Work to Engineer Clean Water Solutions  »

October 19, 2015

Engaging multimedia story / educational project features Stanford project to develop low-cost, low-tech solutions to reduce the spread of disease in regions of low water quality.

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Zachary Brown in kayak

A Trek on the Edge of Wilderness »

October 16, 2015

Zachary Brown defends his thesis, then travels 2,300 miles by foot and by kayak to establish an Alaskan field school, where he hopes to inspire the next generation's understanding of the...

By Ker Than and Bjorn Carey, Stanford School of Earthy, Energy & Environmental Sciences

Yellow cedars show dieback in a stand south of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Climate Change Requires New Conservation Models »

October 15, 2015

In a world transformed by climate change and human activity, Stanford scientists say that conserving biodiversity and protecting species will require an interdisciplinary combination of...

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


Mosquito Surveillance Gets Major Funding »

October 15, 2015

Woods-affiliated researcher among Stanford scientists receiving awards totaling $11.5 million to pursue high-risk, high-reward research. 

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Susan Rice

Climate Change as National Security Threat »

October 14, 2015

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice calls climate change a "threat multiplier," advocates action.

By Clifton Parker, Stanford News Service

girl with bucket

How Toilets Affect Child Health »

October 13, 2015

For decades, scientists have evaluated the health impact of sanitation conditions by measuring rates of diarrheal disease. New studies show that child growth improves after communities...

By Leslie Willoughby, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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