Ecology & Environment

Last straw: The path to reducing plastic pollution

Driven by public pressure, governments and corporations are considering eliminating or phasing out single-use plastics such as straws. Stanford experts discuss the limitations of these bans and the potential for meaningful change.

Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences —

Hurricane Florence: The science behind the storm

Atmospheric scientist Morgan O’Neill discusses what’s driving Hurricane Florence, why it’s unusual and how it could be connected to climate change and other storms brewing in the Atlantic.

Managed retreat buyouts offer lessons for success

New research finds government buyouts of homes in floodplains have often lacked transparency. This could deter residents from participating in managed retreat, one of the main strategies for adapting to areas becoming more flood-prone, Stanford researcher suggests.

Hormone helps plants adjust their ventilation

The Bergmann lab at Stanford has shown how one hormone pathway in plants regulates the way leaves build their epidermal layer with the right number of breathing pores, giving plants a strategy to optimize their productivity while taking into account changes in the environment.

How to reduce major cause of oil and gas production emissions

A new analysis ranks countries by greenhouse gas emissions produced by oil and gas production and identifies flaring of excess gas as a major source of emissions. Adam Brandt discusses these findings and possible policy solutions.

Stanford School of Engineering —

How do you prolong the useful life of lubricants?

A core problem, whether in a turbine or a car, is foaming oil. Researchers zoomed in on the iridescent surface of tiny oil bubbles and discovered the color patterns reveal the thickness of the bubble wall.