Calculating the Global Economic Cost of Climate Change
October 22, 2015
Center Fellow, by courtesy, Marshall Burke (Earth System Science) discusses research showing that without climate change mitigation, even wealthy countries will see an economic downturn by 2100. Read more.
Senior Fellow Paul Ehrlich (Biology) describes the unique characteristics and chances of extinction for various species. Ehrlich's latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Ceballos and Anne Ehrlich, is The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. All proceeds from the book will go to the Navjot Sodhi Fund at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab to support research by young conservation biologists.
Stanford researchers are working with local and federal agencies in Los Angeles, Sonoma and other drought-stricken California cities in an unprecedented effort to capture and reuse stormwater. The approach could be part of a solution not only to water shortages but also to run-off laced with pesticides and other chemicals that can contaminate beaches and contribute to oxygen-choking, fish-killing algae blooms. Read more: http://stanford.io/1Kehbom
Stanford researchers are working with local and federal agencies in Los Angeles, Sonoma and other drought-stricken California cities in an unprecedented effort to capture and reuse stormwater. The approach could be part of a solution not only to water shortages but also to run-off laced with pesticides and other chemicals that can contaminate beaches and contribute to oxygen-choking, fish-killing algae blooms. This animation explains how one system would capture and clean stormwater for use. Read more: http://stanford.io/1Kehbom
Prawn vs Snail: Natural Solution to Parasitic Disease
August 20, 2015
Stanford-led research in Senegal, West Africa, finds that freshwater prawns can serve as an effective natural solution in the battle against schistosomiasis, a potentially deadly parasitic disease that infects about 230 million people. The prawns prey on parasite-infected snails, while providing a source of marketable protein-rich food. The researchers will establish a center on disease, ecology, health and development at Stanford.
In June 2015, the Nature Conservancy and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, in cooperation with their Natural Capital Project partners, the World Wildlife Fund and the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, hosted a public event on Integrating Natural Capital into Decisions. The event featured leading academics and practitioners in the field of ecosystem services as well as experts from the public and non-profit sectors, addressing core sustainability challenges of the 21st century. For more information, visit: https://woods.stanford.edu/news-events/event/washington-dc-expert-discussion-integrating-natural-capital-decisions
Stanford researchers isolate underlying causes of extreme weather
June 29, 2015
A new study co-authored by Stanford and Princeton University researchers finds that trends in atmospheric circulation patterns can partially explain Earth’s increasingly severe weather. While scientists had previously surmised that the link existed, robust empirical evidence was lacking. Read more: http://stanford.io/1dsRsMu
Stanford researcher warns sixth mass extinction is here
June 19, 2015
There is no longer any doubt: We are entering a mass extinction that threatens humanity's existence. That is the bad news at the center of a new study by a group of scientists including Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies in biology and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Ehrlich and his co-authors call for fast action to conserve threatened species, populations and habitat, but warn that the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Read more: http://stanford.io/1RgQBMj
On May 6, Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust visited Stanford to give a talk titled "Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change." The talk was part of the ongoing Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium sponsored by the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford. Dr. Fowler sat down with FSE director Rosamond (Roz) Naylor for a brief interview before his talk.
Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change
May 15, 2015
Dr. Cary Fowler visited Stanford University on May 6, 2015 to discuss the importance of collecting and preserving crop genetic diversity to cope with the future effects of climate change on the global food system. FSE director Roz Naylor introduced Dr. Fowler and FSE deputy director David Lobell moderated the discussion. Dr. Fowler's lecture was part of the Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium Series sponsored by the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE). FSE's full portfolio of research, publications, and events can be found at: http://fse.fsi.stanford.edu.
Professor Buzz Thompson on Need for Policy Changes to Combat Drought
April 9, 2015
Barton "Buzz" Tompson, Perry L. McCarty director of the Stanford Woods Institute, discusses California's historic drought and the urgent need for policy changes that encourage real conservation, better management of the state's water system, and incentives to foster new water technology research. He sites research done at Stanford as an example, where new technology has been developed to recycled water while also creating energy.
Lotus Water Project: Drinking Water Solution for Urban Slums
March 24, 2015
For many of the nearly one billion people living in urban slums around the world, finding a safe water supply is impossible. The Lotus Water Project is working to change that equation with a low-cost chlorination device. Unlike decades’ worth of proposed solutions before it, the affordable device would disinfect water at the point of collection, and require no behavior change from users. Read more.