Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

News and Press Releases

2nd century AD mosaic illustrating The Odyssey by Homer.

Ancient Lessons on Managing Risk »

May 29, 2018

Perry L. McCarty Director Chris Field reflects on what Homer's Odyssey can teach us about using knowledge to save lives, money and time. 

By Chris Field, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Microscopic view of Nipah virus.

The Next Global Pandemic? »

May 25, 2018

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Map showing percentage gain in GDP per capita in 2100 from achieving 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming instead of 2 degrees.

Climate Mitigation Could Yield Trillions in Economic Benefits »

May 23, 2018

Stanford scientists found that the global economy is likely to benefit from ambitious global warming limits agreed to in the United Nations Paris Agreement.

By Michelle Horton, Stanford Center on Food Security and the Environment

Fire and the Future of California Forests »

May 22, 2018

Stanford scholars met in Sacramento to discuss the growing threat of wildfires in California and what it means for managing the state's forests and public health.

By Sarah Cafasso, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Toyota Prius

What Does Environmentally Friendly Look Like? »

May 17, 2018

Without realizing it, our brains quickly learn to associate certain visual cues – a curve of a car or color of a product – with certain attributes, such as its environmental friendliness.

By Kimberly Hickock, Stanford News Service

girl washing hands

Reducing infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty »

May 11, 2018

Tapeworm infection from eating contaminated pork can damage the brain, causing learning impairments and possibly enforcing cycles of poverty. A new study is the first to look at...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

New water treatment plant tests Stanford technology for cleaning wastewater while creating energy »

May 10, 2018

By Tom Abate and Andy Myers, School of Engineering

biofuel plant

Carbon Capture a Financial Opportunity for U.S. Biofuels »

April 23, 2018

With recent tax credits and other policies, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it underground is not only possible but profitable for U.S. biofuel refineries.

By Devon Ryan, Stanford News Service

Stanford faculty participate in leadership training

The Art (and Science) of Collaboration »

April 19, 2018

New Woods leadership program coaches Stanford faculty on working across traditional boundaries

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

People play by a newly installed hand pump in Jedane, Ethiopia.

Toward a New Water Paradigm »

April 18, 2018

Four-year $1.9 million grant renews a partnership aimed at accelerating access to safe, reliable and affordable water services.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

brine shrimp

Ocean Swarms Revealed »

April 18, 2018

Massive swarms of tiny oceanic organisms like krill create enough turbulence when they migrate to redistribute ocean waters – an effect that may influence everything from distribution...

By Amy Adams, Stanford News Service

Three Reasons the Arctic is Changing and Why You Should Care | Q&A with Fran Ulmer »

April 16, 2018

On April 4 at Stanford, Fran Ulmer, Cox visiting professor in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Council, joined Stanford...

By Woods Staff, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Traffic on a Los Angeles-area freeway

Potential Impacts of Emissions Rule Rollback  »

April 4, 2018

The U.S. EPA recently announced plans to scale back federal regulations to reduce emissions from cars and trucks, a sector responsible for the most greenhouse gas emissions...

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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

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