Ecology & Environment

New conservation approach

Findings show strong evidence for unique regions that divide plant and animal communities – a major development in centuries-long debate.

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California’s vehicle emissions fight continues a 50-year struggle

California’s resistance to federal plans loosening vehicle emissions standards is nothing new. Over the decades, the state has fought repeatedly to stay in the forefront of pollution controls.

Machine learning aids environmental monitoring

Cash-strapped environmental regulators have a powerful and cheap new weapon. Machine learning methods could more than double the number of violations detected, according to Stanford researchers.

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.

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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.