February 2010
LAND USE AND CONSERVATION
Price Fixing: Why It's Important to Put a Price on Nature
The Natural Capital Project has developed innovative software called InVEST that gives policymakers an easy-to-use tool for mapping and evaluating the economic benefits provided by ecosystems.
Coconut Palms Bring Ecological Change to Tropics, Say Senior Fellow Rob Dunbar and Colleagues
OCEANS AND ESTUARIES
Rationale for Minke Whale Hunt is Not Justified
Two million large whales were taken from the Southern Ocean in the 20th century, which may have led to an explosion in the minke whale population. Senior Fellow Steve Palumbi used DNA to determine if there actually is an over-abundance of minkes today.
FRESHWATER
Woods Institute and Bill Lane Center Unveil Joint Program on Water in the West
On Jan. 20, Woods Institute Co-Director Buzz Thompson and Senior Fellow David Kennedy, co-director of Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West, launched a joint program focused on solving water issues in the western United States.
BBC Features Woods Institute-Sponsored Study on Solar Irrigation in Africa
CLIMATE AND ENERGY
Even Plants May Not Like a Warmer World
An argument can be made that rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere is a good thing for plants, but there is plenty of debate on how beneficial global warming really is, say fellows Chris Field and David Lobell.
PEOPLE
Peter Vitousek Awarded 2010 Japan Prize
Senior Fellow Peter Vitousek, a professor of biology at Stanford, has won the 2010 Japan Prize for in the field of biological production and environment. The prize is awarded by the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan.
STANFORD STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
Mel Lane Student Program Grant Applications Due Feb. 8
Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Program Applications Due March 1
Join the Social-M Challenge. Deadline Feb. 27.
EVENTS
Energy Seminar, Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Bldg. 140, Room 40. Special 'Smart Grid' Talk on Feb. 3.
Sustainable Built Environment Seminar. See Schedule for Dates and Location.
Maintaining California's Leadership in Cleantech, Feb. 11, 4:00-6:30 p.m., Arrillaga Alumni Center
UnNatural Evolution Symposium, Friday, Feb. 26, 1:00-7:00 p.m., Clark Center Auditorium. Register Now.
Watch YouTube Video Highlights of the Woods Institute's Environmental Venture Projects Forum
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