Mark Jacobson: Offshore Wind Farms as Hurricane Tamers
February 26, 2014
Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson discusses research showing how offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages. Read more.
Rob Dunbar: What the Antarctic Can Tell Us About a Warming Earth
February 21, 2014
Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Rob Dunbar, the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth Science, discusses his Antarctica research during a talk at Stanford sponsored by the Stanford School of Earth Sciences and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Paul Ehrlich Wins 2014 BBVA Foundation Award in Ecology
February 10, 2014
Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow, discusses his work during interview for 2014 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology. The 400,000-euro award recognizes Ehrlich's contributions to "key conceptual advances in the science of ecology and conservation biology" and "long-standing influence in other academic disciplines."
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Christopher Field, a Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow, discusses his work during interview for BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Climate Change. The 400,000-euro award recognizes Field's "visionary research on the global carbon cycle" and his role in "discovering the importance of ecosystems and their effective management in the battle against climate change." Field is co-chair of a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group that will release a major report in March 2014.
Stanford Awards Tasso Azevedo with Inaugural Bright Award
December 11, 2013
Tasso Azevedo, a forestry manager and socio-environmental entrepreneur dedicated to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Bright Award. The award, issued by Stanford Law School in collaboration with the Stanford Woods Institute, is the only honor of its kind to recognize significant achievement in conservation in different regions of the world, and is the top environmental award at Stanford. Read more.
Advice and observations on science and government service from Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, current William R. Kennan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University. Remarks to Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars Nov. 20, 2013.
The First Nations' Futures Institute focuses on building capacity in indigenous communities through a two-week program held at Stanford in the early fall. The program consists of various lectures, presentations and dynamic learning experiences focused on social, economic, environmental and cultural aspects.
Numerous studies demonstrate that regular handwashing with soap and water removes environmental contaminants and improves health. However, in settings where diarrhea is a leading cause of child death, handwashing with soap is uncommon. In this Environmental Forum held on Oct. 31, 2013, Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Steve Luby explores why this seemingly simple intervention has been so difficult to implement, and reviews research areas that could contribute to broader uptake of this lifesaving practice. (Note: video does not include entire presentation.)
Environmental Forum - Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 10/18/13
October 29, 2013
Joint E-IPER Seminar and Stanford Woods Institute Environmental Forum featuring Janine Benyus, Co-Founder of Biomimicry 3.8. This video starts with a clip produced by EarthSky and Fast Company. More information: http://stanford.io/17WuTqA
Agricultural Ecologist David Lobell, 2013 MacArthur Fellow | MacArthur Foundation
September 24, 2013
Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow David Lobell was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2013. The Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more.
Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh speaks at congressional meeting on climate change (beginning at 0:47:18)
September 18, 2013
To illustrate the human cost of climate change, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, invited citizens affected by climate and extreme weather events to speak before members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth Sciences) was the only climate expert invited to provide a scientific perspective. The meeting of the Safe Climate Caucus, an informal group Waxman heads, came a day before the House energy panel was set to question Cabinet members about the President’s Climate Action Plan and a few days before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was set to release carbon dioxide rules for new power plants.
Bats transmit the Nipah virus to humans through date palm sap, which the bats are known to lick (Video courtesy of Hossain MS Sazzad)
September 9, 2013
The Nipah virus, spread by bats, is killing people in Southeast Asia and could pose the threat of a global pandemic, says Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Stephen Luby. Climate change and other environmental factors could expand the bats' range.
Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson moderates panel discussion how to reduce regulatory duplication, expedite permitting and provide incentives to manage multiple sources of ecosystem stress in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The panel, based on a report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), included Chuck Bonham of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Greg Gartrell of the Contra Costa Water District, Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board and Tim Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies. Related story here.
Al Gore Delivers First Annual Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture
April 24, 2013
In the first annual Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture, named for the renowned climate scientist and Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow, former Vice President Al Gore calls for "passionate" action to reverse the "degraded" state of democracy and to address climate change.