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Climate Change

rancher applies compost to field
October 5, 2017
<p>Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment</p>

The land under our feet and the plant matter it contains could offset a significant amount of carbon emissions if managed properly. More research is needed to unlock soil’s potential to mitigate global warming, improve crop yields and increase resilience to extreme weather.


September 15, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

A new web portal puts four years of California drought data into an interactive format, showing where regions met or missed water conservation goals. The idea is to motivate awareness and conservation.

drone silhouette against the sun
September 5, 2017

The competition will provide a level and controlled playing field for testing remote technologies to monitor methane leaks from the oil and gas industry.

illustration of satellite approaching Florida
September 1, 2017

Stanford experts comment on how climate change and infrastructure planning contribute to the severity of impacts from extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey.

rainforest in Indonesia
August 31, 2017

A group led by geophysicist Rosemary Knight is one of six teams to be selected from an initial pool of 44 teams from 10 countries to compete in the final round.

satellite image of Wadi Rum desert in Jordan
August 30, 2017

A new analysis of regional drought and land-use changes in Syria suggests water conditions in downstream Jordan could get significantly worse.

The Meyerland area of Houston on Sunday in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
August 28, 2017

The fallout from Hurricane Harvey shouldn't have been a surprise because climate change is increasing the odds of extreme precipitation and storm surge flooding, says Noah Diffenbaugh.

Forest with sunlight in background. Photo Credit: Scott Wylie/Flickr
August 14, 2017

Stanford Earth researchers analyzed a pioneering California program to sell carbon offsets and found it has surprising environmental benefits — including providing habitat for endangered species — and provides lessons for initiatives under development in other states and countries.

Algal bloom in Lake Okeechobee in summer of 2016
July 28, 2017

Excess nutrient pollution to U.S. waterways increases the likelihood of events that severely impair water quality. 

chimpanzee eating in tree
July 21, 2017

A new study co-authored by Stanford Earth researchers demonstrates a cost-effective strategy to combat climate change by paying farmers in Uganda to conserve and plant trees.

oil rigs at night
July 17, 2017

Neglecting the changing energy requirements of aging oilfields can lead to an underestimate of their true climate impacts.