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Human Dimensions and Sustainability

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.

 

Jiuzhaigou National Park
February 2, 2017

Stanford scientists and collaborators determine ecologically valuable areas within China. The country plans to protect these areas as part of an ecological initiative.

grey reef shark
January 31, 2017

Researchers at Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station find that expanded marine protected areas are successful in limiting fishing and increasing reef shark populations.

boats docked at Chinese fishing port
January 17, 2017

Stanford researchers view ocean management as next front for China to compete as global sustainability leaders.

Jon Payne holding whale vertebrae
December 19, 2016

Some of our favorite research stories from Stanford Earth scholars in 2016.

young girl at Sentebale health-care center
October 27, 2016

A new spatial analysis from Stanford shows that progress in combating child mortality has been highly uneven, even within countries where overall declines are substantial.

Satellite image of plant growth
September 26, 2016
Earth system scientist Eric Lambin explains how technology can be used to develop better policy for sustainable land use.
Jon Payne holding whale vertebra
September 14, 2016

In today’s oceans, larger-bodied marine animals are more likely to become extinct than smaller creatures, according to a Stanford-led report. It’s a pattern that is unprecedented in the history of life on Earth, and one that is likely driven by human fishing.