September 2008             


Aboriginal Burning Promotes Grassland Biodiversity in Australia's Desert

Woods Institute Center Fellow James Holland Jones and colleagues in the Stanford Department of Anthropology co-authored a PNAS paper suggesting that subsistence-related burning promotes biodiversity.

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Mel Lane Student Program Grants

In honor of environmental leader and Stanford Alumnus Mel Lane, the Woods Institute has established the Mel Lane Student Program Grants, providing funding to Stanford students for group projects on the environment. Deadline for first round of grant proposals is Oct. 15.

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Video: Fake 'Wood' to Help Landfills [CNN]

With support from a 2004 Woods Institute Environmental Ventures Project grant, Stanford engineering faculty Craig Criddle and Sarah Billington are developing non-petroleum artificial wood designed to reduce trash in landfills.

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Call to Arms for an American-Led Green Revolution [New York Times]

Woods Institute Senior Fellow (by courtesy) David Victor reviews Thomas Friedman's new book, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded."

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Beyond Carbon: Scientists Worry About Nitrogen's Effects [New York Times]

Features pioneering research by Woods Institute Senior Fellow Peter Vitousek on the impact of nitrogen-based products on global change.

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Chris Field Elected Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group 2

Woods Institute Senior Fellow Chris Field, professor of biology and of environmental Earth system science, was elected co-chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Working Group 2 of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. More info...

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Energy Seminar: "Evaluation of Proposed Energy Solutions to Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Energy Security"

Professor Mark Jacobson, Woods Institute senior fellow (by courtesy), discusses alternative energy, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4:15-5:15pm, Building 420, Room 40. Energy Social to follow in Y2E2 Building.

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Sustainable Built Environment: "How the Y2E2 Building Was Designed, Built, and Is Being Operated, Sustainably"

Lecture by Isaac Campbell, principal, Boora Architects and lead designer of Stanford's Yang & Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building, Thursday, Oct. 9, 12:00-1:00pm, Y2E2, Room 299.

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Environmental Forum: "Introducing the Program on Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change (RV2C)"

Woods Institute researchers Michael Mastrandrea, Terry Root, and Stephen Schneider introduce a new Stanford program on climate change, Thursday, Oct. 2, 3:30-5:00pm, Y2E2, Room 299. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

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Behavior Energy & Climate Change Conference

Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy Efficiency is co-sponsoring the second annual BECC Conference, Nov. 16-19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Sacramento, CA.

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