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science and insights for people who care about Earth, its resources and its environment
rancher applies compost to field
October 5, 2017
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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

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.

Crater Lake in Oregon
August 15, 2017

Stanford researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. A domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for modern technology.


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.

water treatment facility
August 4, 2017

Stanford environmental engineers have developed a planning tool called AquaCharge that helps urban water utilities develop efficient, cost-effective systems to replenish aquifers.