Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

ENVIRONMENTAL VENTURE PROJECTS: Public Health: Public Health

Tracking Parasite Hotspots »

Africa - 2018

Schistosomiasis is a devastating disease affecting 250 million people, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, that is caused by a parasite that lives in snails. Increasing risk of acquiring schistosomiasis has been clearly associated with the construction of dams and water management infrastructure in tropical and subtropical areas.

Mapping Intersection of Water, Climate and Disease Transmission »

Africa - 2018

Understanding the relationship between water resources, climate change and mobility can help us better understand disease transmission.

Coral-Safe Sunscreen »

North America - 2017

Coral reefs are enormously important for biodiversity, CO2 absorption, fisheries, and protection of coastlines from storm surges. Although corals are animals, they host photosynthetic algae in an essential symbiotic relationship. Corals face many threats, including rising seawater temperatures and pollution; exposure to sunscreens may be another. 

Respiratory Disease Solution »

Asia - 2017

Respiratory diseases are a leading cause of child death globally, killing approximately 1.3 million children per year. Poor indoor air quality is a major cause of these infections, and there are indications that improving ventilation could reduce respiratory illnesses. This project will develop and validate a computational framework for predicting...

Tobacco Labeling Assessment »

North America - 2017

With knowledge of tobacco’s harmful health effects, the prevalence of cigarette smoking in the U.S. has significantly declined. However, with population growth, the total number of smokers has remained relatively stable at around 40 million people. Cigarette smoking remains the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Rethinking the Balance Between Future Obesity and Malnutrition with Climate Change »

Asia - 2010

The goal is to develop a computer model capable of evaluating nutrition-related health policies in India, taking into account the impact of climate change on agricultural production and food availability.

Groundwater discharge of wastewater contaminants across the land-sea interface: Law, policy, and science research aimed to improve coastal management  »

North America - 2008

Many coastal communities use on-site systems (“septic systems”) for treatment of wastewater. Effluent from septic systems is discharged to the coastal aquifer, where it can raise nutrient and pathogen levels in the groundwater. Discharge of septic-impacted groundwater to the coastal ocean is a threat to human and ecosystem health....

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