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Human Dimensions and Sustainability

brick kiln interior
August 14, 2017
Woods Institute for the Environment

A Stanford team is now combining satellite data and political persuasion to track kilns and incentivize kiln owners to use cleaner technologies.

August 14, 2017

Stanford Earth researchers analyzed a pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets and found it has surprising environmental benefits — including providing habitat for endangered species — and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.

chimpanzee eating in tree
July 21, 2017

A new study co-authored by Stanford Earth researchers demonstrates a cost-effective strategy to combat climate change by paying farmers in Uganda to conserve and plant trees.

thermometer with bright sun and skyline in background
June 1, 2017

The president announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Four Stanford scholars discuss the implications of this decision.

Dean Pamela Matson
April 7, 2017

Sustainability efforts today are critical to meet the needs of people now and over the long term, and Stanford has a leadership role.

Cars plugged into a charging station
April 6, 2017

New Stanford study describes a model for designing novel materials used in electrical storage devices, such as car batteries and capacitors. This approach may dramatically accelerate discovery of new materials that provide cheap and efficient ways to store energy.

rows of oil palm plants
April 4, 2017

Multinational companies are increasingly looking to Africa to expand production of in-demand commodity crops such as soy and oil palm. A first-of-its-kind study highlights the real and potential impacts on the continent’s valuable tropical forests.

A housing development outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.
March 2, 2017

Stanford Earth's Rob Jackson has teamed up with two law professors to propose conservation easements for subsurface areas.

Child wears mouth mask in Beijing with air pollution in background.
February 28, 2017

Rather than talk about the negative things, point to the co-benefits of finding climate solutions – from economics and jobs to water and the air we breathe.

Stanford fossil collection
February 9, 2017

The world is changing too fast for nature to keep up. Conservation scholars, including those at Stanford, agree that strategies need to evolve to consider not only how ecosystems operated in past decades and centuries, but also thousands and millions of years ago.

closeup of mosquito
February 8, 2017

Stanford Earth's Noah Diffenbaugh and Dan Horton are coauthors on a new study that finds transmission of West Nile virus is higher in drought years, but after large outbreaks acquired immunity limits the size of subsequent epidemics.