Ecology & Environment

News articles classified as Ecology & Environment

Biodiversity crisis in protected forests

New research shows the diversity of plant and animal life in 14 tropical reserves in Mesoamerica has plummeted since 1990 as roads and cattle ranches have expanded into protected areas. Large mammals, birds, and reptiles are disappearing, while disease-carrying insects and rodents are on the rise.

Earthworm invasion

Analysis reveals imported earthworm species have colonized large swaths of North America, and represent a largely overlooked threat to native ecosystems. The researchers warn of the need to better understand and manage the invaders in our midst.

Clusters of atmospheric rivers are costlier than expected

When multiple atmospheric rivers hit California back-to-back, the economic damage from resulting rain and snowfall is three to four times higher than predicted from individual storms, a Stanford study finds. The insight could help water managers and disaster planners better prepare for future impacts of climate change.

Stanford Graduate School of Business —

Using game theory to fight deforestation

Would community cooperation promote sustainable palm oil production in Indonesia? GSB researchers built a game theory model to test the premise.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability —

The next chapter for the Endangered Species Act

Fifty years after the powerful suite of environmental regulations was signed into law, experts say it’s time for an update.

Wildfires leave a trail of toxic metal in soil

New research from Stanford University shows wildfires can transform a natural element in soils into a cancer-causing and readily airborne metal known as chromium 6.

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability —

Emissions reach a record high

Declining coal use helped shrink U.S. emissions by 3%, even as global emissions keep the world on a path to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming before 2030.

Stanford Engineering —

The future of ecohydrology

An expert in the global cycles of carbon and water explains how they are inextricably bound to one another and fundamental to the future of life on planet Earth.