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Human Dimensions and Sustainability

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March 2, 2016

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.

January 25, 2016

A new paper that finds New Mexico's American Indian population crashed 100 years after Europeans arrived uses an "amazing approach," says Stanford Earth's Richard Nevle. 

January 11, 2016

An analysis of 119 low-income countries finds common challenges that could inform broad solutions.


January 4, 2016

A study by Stanford geophysicists shows that earthquakes resulting from wastewater injection follow several indicative patterns that are starkly different from natural causes.

January 4, 2016

A new method developed by Stanford Earth researchers uses training images to refine models of uncertainty about subsurface processes and structures.


December 5, 2015

Elsa Ordway's research examines the rapidly growing palm oil industry in Cameroon, with the aim of identifying where palm oil expansion can occur while protecting rainforest ecosystems and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

December 4, 2015

Bacteria living in shallow sediment layers of permanently flooded wetlands in Asia drive arsenic release into water by feeding on freshly deposited plant material, a new study finds.

December 4, 2015

An ambitious, new initiative involving Stanford Earth researchers aims to take the pulse of the planet by capturing the past, present, and future status of the Earth's surface systems. 

October 29, 2015

Stanford’s Dan Reicher and Alicia Seiger identify key strategies to catalyze investment in clean energy resources.

October 23, 2015

Research by Stanford Earth PhD student Nik Sawe shows that our emotions can override the brain's calculations, leading to otherwise irrational decisions like charitable donations.