Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

Stanford Researchers Pursue Broad Spectrum of Water Solutions »

March 19, 2015

World Water Day, designated by the United Nations to focus attention on the importance of freshwater, is March 22. Stanford researchers are developing a range of promising solutions to water supply and access challenges that...

Underwater image of Salmon River in Idaho

Environment: Ensuring Water for Nature and People »

March 16, 2015

Water in the West researchers compile best practices, forward solutions to ensure enough water is available for natural systems and people. This story is part of a...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Valeria Bauza field tests an early prototype of the Lotus Water filtration technology.

Drinking Water: Safe at the Source »

March 16, 2015

Program on Water, Health and Development researchers are developing affordable, sustainable solutions to the challenge of providing safe drinking water to nearly 1 billion people in city slums. ...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A tanker truck illegally siphons water from a river in arid Jordan.

Water Security: A Bridge to Peace in the Middle East »

March 16, 2015

Stanford-led project in Jordan, a country that traditionally serves as a stabilizing force in the Middle East, holds promise for better water management and less conflict in arid regions around the world. 


By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Residents of Cap Haitien, Haiti receive portable, affordable dry household toilets

Sanitation: When Toilets Fly »

March 16, 2015

Initiative run by Stanford graduate students aims for a dry solution to sanitation challenges in urban slums where untreated sewage in waterways spreads disease

This story is part of a...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A woman in Kalalé, Benin displaying crops grown with solar-powered irrigation

Agriculture: Delivering Water with Sunlight »

March 16, 2015

Innovative multi-year project shows promise of economically and environmentally sustainable solar irrigation systems

This story is part of a ...

Puertollano Photovoltaic Park in Spain

Solar Solution to California Energy Demand »

March 16, 2015

Study finds solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California could generate enough electricity to exceed the state’s demand by up to five times

By Carnegie Institution for Science

Stanford Environmental Researchers Work to Put Sustainability into Action »

March 11, 2015

Stanford professors Jenna Davis and Anna Michalak have been selected as Leopold Leadership Program Fellows.

By Paige Miller

Elizabeth Hadly

Woods Fellow to Receive Volunteer Service Prize »

March 5, 2015

Biology Professor Elizabeth Hadly recognized for engaging and involving students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service to...

By Colleen Schwartzcoffey, Haas Center for Public Service

African rat (Mastomys natalensis), a carrier of plague and other diseases

Agriculture Expansion's Connection to Plague Risks »

March 3, 2015

Maize cultivation sparks surge in plague-carrying rodents; experts fear acceleration of agriculture production across Africa may carry same risks beyond Tanzania

American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

California's Lake McClure shows the effects of drought in February 2015

Connecting Drought to Warming Temperatures »

March 3, 2015

In California, dry years coupled with warm conditions are more likely to lead to severe drought than dry, cool years, and the probability of warm and dry conditions coinciding is likely to increase under human-caused...

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

Meet the Next Class of Environmental Leaders »

February 25, 2015

The Stanford Woods Institute's Rising Environmental Leaders Program announces 2015 cohort

By Paige Miller

European grain yield stagnation related to climate change »

February 20, 2015

By Leslie Willoughby

Funding Water Projects in Times of Financial Uncertainty »

February 18, 2015

Water in the West program recommends small per-usage fee as appropriate way to pay for proper management of resources.

By Rob Jordan

Stanford Environment and Sustainability Researchers at AAAS »

February 12, 2015

A list of talks with Stanford environment and sustainability researchers at the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting

Bold Solutions for Marine Conservation »

February 11, 2015

Two-thirds of high seas fisheries are depleted or overfished, but technology and political will can reverse the downward trend and move toward sustainability.

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Climate Change Could Expand U.S. Crop Potential »

February 6, 2015

New research shows that climate change is expanding amount of land suitable for harvesting two crops per growing season. However, gains could be negated by future yield losses due to climate change.

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

Terry Root and students

Excellence in Environmental Education »

February 5, 2015

Woods Senior Fellow and undergraduate environmental action class honored for excellence

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Duck - extinct

Study: Industrial Revolution of the Ocean Threatens Wildlife »

January 16, 2015

In a broad new study, scientists write that patterns of human activity that led to the collapse of land species are now occurring in the sea.

By Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service

Construction on hydropower plant in Indonesia.

Seeding Student-Run Environmental Initiatives »

January 14, 2015

Program funds Stanford student projects aimed at solving environment and sustainability challenges

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