Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh speaks at congressional meeting on climate change (beginning at 0:47:18)
September 18, 2013
To illustrate the human cost of climate change, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, invited citizens affected by climate and extreme weather events to speak before members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth Sciences) was the only climate expert invited to provide a scientific perspective. The meeting of the Safe Climate Caucus, an informal group Waxman heads, came a day before the House energy panel was set to question Cabinet members about the President’s Climate Action Plan and a few days before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was set to release carbon dioxide rules for new power plants.
Bats transmit the Nipah virus to humans through date palm sap, which the bats are known to lick (Video courtesy of Hossain MS Sazzad)
September 9, 2013
The Nipah virus, spread by bats, is killing people in Southeast Asia and could pose the threat of a global pandemic, says Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow Stephen Luby. Climate change and other environmental factors could expand the bats' range.
Woods Co-Director and Senior Fellow Buzz Thompson moderates panel discussion how to reduce regulatory duplication, expedite permitting and provide incentives to manage multiple sources of ecosystem stress in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The panel, based on a report by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), included Chuck Bonham of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Greg Gartrell of the Contra Costa Water District, Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board and Tim Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies. Related story here.
Al Gore Delivers First Annual Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture
April 24, 2013
In the first annual Stephen Schneider Memorial Lecture, named for the renowned climate scientist and Stanford Woods Institute senior fellow, former Vice President Al Gore calls for "passionate" action to reverse the "degraded" state of democracy and to address climate change.
Households depend upon food prices, incomes, and disease burdens that impact the ability to use consumed food. Climate change and extreme temperatures impact all of these factors. In this talk, Stanford Woods Institute Center Fellow David Lobell, associate director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, focuses on the impact of heat in growing regions that are important for food prices. He reviews recent research on heat impacts and discusses whether crop yields are becoming more or less sensitive to heat.
U.S. Views on Climate Adaptation: Panel Discussion
April 4, 2013
Panel discussion of results of survey about U.S. views on climate adaptation -- March 28, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Moderator: Meg Caldwell, Executive Director, Center for Ocean Solutions. Panelists: Cas Holloway, Deputy Mayor for Operations, Office of the Mayor, New York City; Jon Krosnick, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Laurie McGilvray, Chief, Estuarine Reserves Divisions, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Margaret Peloso, Attorney, Vinson & Elkins LLP; Carol Werner, Executive Director; Environmental and Energy Study Institute.