April 2009             


Rough Seas: The Impact of Climate Change on Ocean Ecosystems

Experts on marine science, policy, and law came together on April 10 at theStanford Law School for a symposium on managing ocean ecosystems in an
uncertain future of climate change. The Woods Institute's Mel Lane Student Program and the Center for Ocean Solutions co-sponsored the event. Center Interim Director Meg Caldwell, a senior lecturer at the Woods Institute, moderated two panels, and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse,
D R.I., delivered the keynote address.

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Paradise Found: Paying Ranchers to Restore Hawaii's Great Forests

For years, Hawaiian cattle ranchers have weighed the pros and cons of subdividing their grazing lands for real estate development. In 2004, the Woods Institute awarded a team of Stanford ecologists an Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) grant to find out if ranchers could increase their cash flow and hold onto their property by restoring native koa forests. The success of the EVP study helped lay the foundation for the Natural Capital Project, a unique collaboration of the Woods Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund.

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From Bangalore to the Bay Area

Researchers Karen Seto and Margaret O'Mara and a team of geographers, historians, urban planners, and scientists have created dramatic satellite maps documenting the transformation of three of the world's leading high-tech centers: Silicon Valley, California; Shenzhen, China; and Bangalore, India. Their work resulted from a Woods Institute Environmental Ventures Project grant.

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New Round of Mel Lane Student Program Grants Awarded

Six Stanford student groups were awarded Mel Lane Student Program Grants in winter quarter 2009. The grants provide funding for a broad range of environmental projects at Stanford, from a green technology expo to a sustainable fashion show. To find out more about the program and the winter 2009 student project grantees, click here.

Center for Ocean Solutions Early Career Fellowships: Deadline May 22

The Center for Ocean Solutions is accepting applications for early career fellowships focused on developing practical strategies for implementing ecosystem-based marine spatial management in California. Applications will be accepted from recent graduates who have received a PhD in the natural sciences in the last five years, and who have completed substantial course work and/or gained experience in ocean or coastal science. The deadline for application is May 22.

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Earth Day Pioneer Urges Stanford Students to Make Their Mark

Earth Day co-founder Denis Hayes launched the 2009 Stanford Sustainability Festival on April 14 with a speech at Meyer Lawn. Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, was introduced by Jeff Koseff, co-director of the Woods Institute, co-sponsor of the event. Watch video:

Jon Krosnick Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Senior Fellow Jon Krosnick is one of 12 Stanford scholars elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Krosnick, the Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of communication and of political science, has conducted several Woods Institute public opinion surveys on environmental issues in collaboration with ABC News and other major media.

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Research by the Barrel

Energy research is under way at more than 20 departments, schools, independent laboratories, and affiliates programs at Stanford. Senior Fellow Roland Horne comments.

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Despite Protests, Offshore Oil Drilling Remains Unlikely for Golden State

Senior Lecturer Meg Caldwell, interim director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, comments on offshore oil drilling in California.

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Storing the Carbon in Fossil Fuels Where It Came from: Deep Underground

Senior Fellow Sally Benson, director of Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project, comments on reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide by storing CO2 underground.

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Is Geoengineering the Climate a Policy Option?

The best and safest strategy for reversing climate change is to halt the buildup of greenhouse gases, but engineering the environment should be an option, says Senior Fellow David Victor.

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Climate Watch: Re-defining Drought

In this edition of KQED-FM's "Climate Watch," Senior Fellow Stephen Schneider discusses the impact of climate change on California's freshwater supplies.

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Energy Seminar Now on YouTube and iTunes

The weekly Energy Seminar lecture series is held on Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm, in Building 420, Room 40. Videos of recent talks are now available on Stanford on YouTube and Stanford on iTunes U.

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Sustainable Built Environment Seminar

Seminars on the sustainable built environment are held on Thursdays, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Y2E2 Building, Room 300. Lunch is provided.

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Environmental Forum/Infectious Diseases & the Environment Series

Most lectures take place on Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm, in the Y2E2 Building, Room 299, and are followed by a wine and cheese reception. The May 7 talk is at 4:00 pm at Braun Auditorium in the Mudd Chemistry Building.

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Energy Efficiency Solutions Forum May 11

The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center is hosting the first of three Energy Efficiency Solutions Public Discussions, "Buildings: Materials and Operations," on Monday, May 11, 3:00-5:00pm, at Stanford's Arrillaga Alumni Center. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

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