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, according to a Stanford-led trial study in Bangladesh. Read more.
Experts gathered in Washington, D.C. for a policy forum hosted by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment to discuss California's state-level policies designed to combat climate change and encourage a sustainable energy future.
Environmental Work Earns Gretchen Daily the Blue Planet Prize
October 19, 2017
For her work on practical actions and policies to secure ecosystems and human well being, Stanford biologist Gretchen Daily was honored with the 2017 Blue Planet Prize, a roughly $450,000 (50 million Japanese yen) award widely considered the Nobel Prize for science that contributes to solving global environmental problems. Read more.
A new web portal puts four years of California drought data into an interactive format, showing where regions met or missed water conservation goals. The idea is to motivate awareness and conservation. Visit the drought Portal at: https://ca-drought.herokuapp.com
Toward Ending an Environmental Nightmare: Brick Kilns in South Asia
September 14, 2017
Brick kilns and their pollution are ubiquitous in South Asia. An interdisciplinary Stanford team is combining satellite data and political persuasion to track kilns, raise public awareness and incentivize kiln owners to use cleaner technologies. Read more: http://stanford.io/2eWHtCN
In a new paper, researchers at Stanford take a deep dive into the methods and approaches to assessment of major environmental issues. This effort is part of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF), directed by Katharine Mach, which tackles issues such as conflict in a changing climate, pathways for deep decarbonization, and the resilience of our investments in climate change response.
A pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets has surprising environmental benefits – including providing habitat for endangered species – and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries. Read more: http://stanford.io/2w7U0wG
In the first such global evaluation, Stanford biologists found more than 30 percent of all vertebrates have declining populations. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of these losses. Read more: http://news.stanford.edu/press/view/15368
For her work on practical actions and policies to secure ecosystems and human well being, Stanford biologist Gretchen Daily was honored with the 2017 Blue Planet Prize, a roughly $450,000 (50 million Japanese yen) award widely considered the Nobel Prize for science that contributes to solving global environmental problems. Read more: http://stanford.io/2s5qKEu
Instead of talking about the polarized topic of climate change, Stanford Earth scientist Rob Jackson suggests focusing on the shared benefits of addressing the problem, including job creation, health and safety.
Expert panel examines strategies and tools for adapting to current and future climate change-driven challenges at part of the Stanford Environment & Energy Panel Series. Learn more and read related research briefs at http://stanford.io/2jand0V
In the first of a conversation series, Woods Institute Director Chris Field spoke with Laurence Tubiana, France's lead climate negotiator and a key architect of the international climate agreement forged in Paris in December 2015.
Experts discussed substantive recommendations, including a potential organizational/ governance agenda, for the next president. Speakers presented papers with observations gleaned from a May 2016 conference "Setting the Climate Agenda for the Next U.S. President."
After decades of dysfunction that have exacerbated chronic water problems, California is on the cusp of a new era due to historic groundwater legislation. However, meeting the law’s goals will require overcoming stubborn systemic obstacles, according to a report by researchers at Stanford’s Water in the West program and the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at the Stanford Law School. Read more:http://stanford.io/292U1I5
The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge and the Future of California Drought
May 21, 2016
Daniel Swain, PhD ’16, student of Woods Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh, explains the combination of factors that has led to California’s drought, including climate change, rising temperatures, and the “ridiculously resilient ridge”.