Large areas of the globe are likely to warm up so quickly that by mid-century the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years, according to a study co-authored by Noah Diffenbaugh, assistant professor of environmental Earth system science and center fell at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
Concentrated waste plumes from fish farms could travel significant distances to reach coastlines, according to a study co-authored by Roz Naylor and Jeffrey Koseff, senior fellows at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. The study is the first detailed look at how "real world" variables, such as tides and currents, influence the flow of waste from fish farms and impact waterways and surrounding shorelines. The research was supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program
California policies are failing to meet the demand for water supply reliability, water quality, flood protection, and ecosystem health. Today's problems are likely to worsen unless the state makes broad and bold changes in water management policy, says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
Tagging and tracking leatherback sea turtles has produced new insights into the turtles' behavior in a part of the South Pacific Ocean long considered an oceanic desert. The new data will help researchers predict the turtles' movements in the ever-changing environment of the open ocean, with the goal of reducing the impact of fishing on the endangered leatherback population.
A new study -- co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi -- analyzing what is needed to convert the world's energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today's technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy. But converting will be a massive undertaking on the scale of the moon landings. What is needed most is the societal and political will to make it happen.
Environmental Venture Projects: Faux Wood / Bio-Composite Made from Landfill Waste
December 10, 2010
Woods researchers, including Senior Fellow Craig Criddle (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Woods-affiliated Milligan Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sarah Billington, explain their research on biodegradable composites.
On Oct. 14, 2010, the Woods Institute for the Environment held a reception for undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford's Y2E2 Building. In their welcoming remarks, Woods Co-Directors Buzz Thompson and Jeff Koseff presented a list of the top 10 ways students can become involved in environment and sustainability activities at Stanford. Undergraduates Kate Lowry and Milena Gonzalez also explained how Woods Institute grant and fellowship programs provide crucial support for student-run sustainability projects.
Video Courtesy of: Michael Murphy, Alexei Koseff, Woods Institute