Environment

Top Stories

Chemistry graduate student Aanindeeta Banerjee and Assistant Professor Matthew Kanan

Stanford scientists make renewable plastic from carbon dioxide and plants

The new technology could provide a green alternative to petroleum-based plastic bottles and other polyester products.  

man in hazmat suit pointing to damaged Fukushima reactor / Greg Webb/IAEA

Fukushima five years later: Stanford nuclear expert offers three lessons from the disaster

Rethink our language, reassess natural disaster risks and appreciate the links between nuclear energy and renewables.

tree plantation and natural forest in Chile / Robert Heilmayr

Stanford researchers find effective recipe for slowing deforestation: Companies and environmentalists working together

Collaborative efforts to reduce deforestation were more than twice as effective as "confrontational" programs developed by either industry or nongovernmental organizations, according to a first-of-its kind study.

R/V Oceanus

Intense ocean turbulence discovered near sea floor in equatorial Pacific, Stanford scientists say

The findings could help solve an outstanding mystery about the circulation of the world's oceans and help improve future climate forecasts.

Technician collects drinking water

Stanford scientist weighs the risk of groundwater contamination from oil and gas wells

Faulty, shallow wells can leak oil and natural gas into underground drinking-water supplies, Stanford Professor Rob Jackson finds.

El Matador State Beach, Malibu

California Coastal Commission decision-making process appears stable and consistent, Stanford research shows

Stanford scholar Iris Hui found that the California Coastal Commission approaches decisions through a consistent process. For her analysis, she used "text mining" to examine the commission's record.

Island fox

Brain size might put mammals at extinction risk, Stanford research shows

Scientists have long associated larger brain size with a cognitive ability to adapt to difficult scenarios, but new research suggests that mammals with relatively larger brains might be at a higher risk of extinction.

Milan highrises using gray water

Stanford researchers develop financing framework to fund critical freshwater projects

Using lessons from the energy sector, Stanford researchers outline strategies to bring the nation's water infrastructure into the 21st century.

rendering of a futurisic automobile / Antii Eskeli, industrial designer

Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project awards $7.6 million for energy research

GCEP is funding innovative energy research at Stanford and three other universities.

Aerial view of jungle park

Stanford scholar unearths conflicted human history of South America's great natural wonder