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Stanford researchers contribute to a definitive guide to California's ecosystems

by Rob Jordan on February 22, 2016 9:32 pm
With the world’s oldest and biggest trees, North America’s lowest point and the highest peak in the contiguous United States, California is a land of superlatives. Ecosystems of California, a definitive new guide co-edited by Stanford ecologist HAROLD “HAL” MOONEY and with myriad Stanford contributors, provides the first-ever encyclopedic overview of the Golden State’s awe-inspiring… Read more Stanford researchers contribute to a definitive guide to California's ecosystems

Paper co-authored by Stanford biologist inspires new documentary

by Rob Jordan on December 8, 2015 9:00 pm
A seminal paper co-authored by Stanford biologist ELIZABETH “LIZ” HADLY is the inspiration for Tomorrow, a new documentary premiering at global climate talks in Paris. French actress MÉLANIE LAURENT and her friend, CYRIL DION, launched the project after reading about the 2012 paper and its warnings that Earth is approaching a tipping point beyond which the… Read more Paper co-authored by Stanford biologist inspires new documentary

Stanford scholars co-author book featuring the faces of extinction

by Rob Jordan on September 22, 2015 2:57 pm
What are the faces of extinction? In a photo-rich new book, The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals, Stanford renowned population biologist PAUL EHRLICH tells the stories of animals that have gone extinct and those that face an uncertain future. The book also calls for increased engagement and action for environmental restoration. Ehrlich’s co-authors… Read more Stanford scholars co-author book featuring the faces of extinction
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Sanitation solution for urban slums gets national recognition

by Rob Jordan on October 21, 2014 4:25 pm
In many of the world’s overcrowded urban slums, residents must choose between open defecation, crowded public toilets or expensive private pit latrines that can’t be emptied safely. A Stanford team working on a sustainable solution recently won a $15,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the opportunity to compete for up to… Read more Sanitation solution for urban slums gets national recognition
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Award honoring late Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider goes to former NOAA head

by Rob Jordan on October 20, 2014 4:00 am
Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t believe his ears. It was 2010, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco had just briefed Biden on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. “Now wait a minute,” Biden said. “I thought you were a scientist. But I just understood everything you told me.” Lubchenco, who recounted… Read more Award honoring late Stanford climate scientist Stephen Schneider goes to former NOAA head
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Stanford freshwater solution gets global recognition

by Rob Jordan on September 29, 2014 4:00 am
Water is wealth. Wherever access to freshwater is scarce, food production, human health and education – economic underpinnings – generally suffer. Ending water poverty – more than 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water – is the only way to level the playing field. During World Water Week in Stockholm recently, the Stanford… Read more Stanford freshwater solution gets global recognition
Photo of Leonardo DiCaprio with a beard. Photo by Mark Garten. Courtesy of the United Nations.

Leonardo DiCaprio takes Stanford research to the UN

by Rob Jordan on September 24, 2014 5:00 pm
His breakout role was in Titanic, so LEONARDO DICAPRIO should know about looming disasters. The uber-celebrity and recently named UN “messenger of peace” addressed the opening of the body’s Climate Summit on Sept. 23, urging the delegates to make meaningful progress toward solutions. “The good news is that renewable energy is not only achievable but… Read more Leonardo DiCaprio takes Stanford research to the UN
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Animation illustrates how countries can make progress on global climate cooperation

by Rob Jordan on September 24, 2014 4:00 am
KENNETH SCHEVE thought a comic animation could help make serious discussions about global warming action more productive at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City this week. Such international climate negotiations have been much maligned for ineffectiveness, but there is a clear path to achieving breakthroughs, according to a study co-authored by Scheve, a political science professor… Read more Animation illustrates how countries can make progress on global climate cooperation