Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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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...

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;...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service


How Will Small-Scale Fisheries Fare in a Changing Climate? »

February 14, 2018

Rising seas pose a near-term threat to Pacific island communities who rely on marine populations for food and industry. Larry Crowder and Elena Finkbeiner discuss how these...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

oil palm fruit

Limited Scope of Corporate Sustainability »

February 12, 2018

The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

How to Keep the Lights on with 100% Clean, Renewable Energy »

February 8, 2018

Stanford engineers propose three separate ways to avoid blackouts if the world transitions all its energy to electricity or direct heat and provides the energy with 100 percent wind,...

By Taylor Kubota, Stanford News Service

Cape Town, South Africa

Running Out of Water: Cape Town, the U.S., and Drought »

February 7, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa—a modern city of nearly 4 million residents—is on the brink of running out of water. Law expert Buzz Thompson (who has spent time in South Africa, including...

By Sharon Driscoll, Stanford Law School

Study data collectors measure a child’s growth in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to assess impact of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions.

Surprising Sanitation Findings »

January 29, 2018

Improving water, sanitation and hygiene in poor regions of Bangladesh helped overall health but, contrary to expectations, did not improve children’s growth and development,...

By Rachel Leslie, Stanford News Service

Deforestation in Australia's Toolangi State Forest.

Getting to Zero Deforestation »

January 29, 2018

Stanford-led synthesis paper reveals strengths and weaknesses of corporate environmental pledges; prescribes solutions to boost effectiveness.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Chris Field

Expanding the Dialogue »

January 25, 2018

Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field outlines a vision for making interdisciplinary research successful, moving it beyond the boundaries of academia, and building relationships that...

By Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

California state capitol in Sacramento

States Lead the Way on Climate »

January 25, 2018

Looking at lessons from California's journey toward a low-carbon economy.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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