Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment View this newsletter in your browser. June 2015
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
"Setting the Climate Agenda for the Next U.S. President" 
Gathering of policy and science experts to highlight potential presidential strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, accelerating the U.S. pivot to a clean energy economy and more.
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"Regulatory Capture at the Water-Energy Nexus: Policy Monopoly and Soft Capture in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation"
Karen Bakker, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) and Cox Visiting Professor in Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences presents.
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Climate Priorities for the Next U.S. President

Cooperation across the federal government among the White House and multiple public agencies will be critical to addressing the challenges of climate change, according to a new discussion paper by Woods Consulting Professor David J. Hayes, former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. That cooperation and a number of other climate priorities for the next U.S. President are the subject of a May 6 conference organized by Hayes. The event will convene veterans from the Obama, Clinton, Bush and Regan administrations in addition to leaders from the energy, investment and innovation sectors to set a broad climate change agenda for the next Chief Executive of the United States. Learn more and register for the event at


Jeffrey R. Koseff
Perry L. McCarty Director


Barton H. Thompson, Jr.
Perry L. McCarty Director


Program Updates

Toward Water Innovation

Water in the West researchers discuss the water field's "serious innovation deficit," and put forward policy briefs that highlight barriers to innovation and effective approaches to overcoming those barriers.

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Emerging Coastal Solution

To aid coastal managers and planners, researchers funded by Woods' Realizing Environmental Innovation Program are creating an online mapping interface that identifies how natural coastal features offer protection to infrastructure.

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Bootcamp for Environmental Leaders

Stanford's Rising Environmental Leaders recently returned from D.C. Bootcamp, an intense week of panel discussions, meetings, and tours in the nation's capital, providing an insiders' look at the intersections of science and policymaking.

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Research Highlights

Protecting Coral Reefs with Bubbles 

Bubbles – yes, bubbles – could help protect coral reefs, oyster farms and other coastal ecosystems from increasing ocean acidification.

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Computer Model Helps Explain Impacts on Forests and People

Simulation shows that carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and land.

Photo credit: Jose Fragoso

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Renewable Plastic from Carbon Dioxide and Plants

New technology could provide a green alternative to petroleum-based plastic bottles and other polyester products.

Photo credit: Mark Shwartz / Precourt Institute for Energy

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Deforestation Solution

Collaborative efforts between companies and environmentalists to reduce deforestation are more than twice as effective as "confrontational" programs.

Photo credit: Robert Heilmayr

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People Spotlights

Stanford Water Expert on Lessons of Flint, Michigan, Crisis

Senior Fellow Richard Luthy (Civil and Environmental Engineering) discusses failures and opportunities in lead contamination of Flint's water system.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

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Ocean Acidification Action Plan

Changes to ocean chemistry along the West Coast require immediate, decisive action, including development of a coordinated regional management strategy, according to a panel of scientific experts including Senior Fellow Alexandria Boehm (Civil and Environmental Engineering).

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In the News
Selected media coverage of the Stanford Woods Institute and its
fellows, affiliated scholars and supported research

The Bugs That Live On and Around Us

The New Yorker, March 18
Woods-affiliated Assistant Professor of Bioengineering Manu Prakash narrates video on microscopic views of insects.

Greenery (or Even Photos of Trees) Can Make Us Happier 

New York Times, March 17
Cites a Stanford study showing the benefits of the experience of nature co-authored by Senior Fellow Gretchen Daily (Biology).

Catching Storm Runoff Could Ease Droughts, But It's No Quick Fix 

KQED (NPR), March 14
Senior Fellow Richard Luthy (Civil and Environmental Engineering) discusses the need for new water sources.

Will We Soon Be Riding on Solar Roads? The Idea Gains Traction 

National Geographic, March 10
Senior Fellow Mark Jacobson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) on the feasibility of solar panel-paved roadways.

Canada and U.S. Go After Methane Leaks in Oil Fields 

Marketplace, March 10
Senior Fellow Robert Jackson (Earth System Science) notes role of natural gas in taking coal plants off line.

Hearing Explores Funding for Calif. Water Needs

WaterWorld, March 8
Quotes Newsha Ajami, Woods senior research scientist and director of urban water policy for Water in the West, on need for sustainable water system funding.

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