Recorded 27 September 2011 at the Carnegie Institution Dept. of Global Ecology at Stanford University with Sally M. Benson, Director, Global Climate and Energy Project, and Professor, Dept. of Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University.
Video Courtesy of: Ken Caldeira, Near Zero
By 2040, the amount of land suitable for cultivating premium wine grapes in high-value areas of northern California could shrink by 50 percent because of global warming, according to a study by Stanford climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.
White sharks, elephant seals and bluefin tuna are among 23 marine species being tracked through the Tagging of Pacific Predators project. TOPP is led by a team of marine scientists, including Barbara Block, a professor of biology at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.
Large areas of the globe are likely to warm up so quickly that by mid-century the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years, according to a study co-authored by Noah Diffenbaugh, assistant professor of environmental Earth system science and center fell at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
Concentrated waste plumes from fish farms could travel significant distances to reach coastlines, according to a study co-authored by Roz Naylor and Jeffrey Koseff, senior fellows at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford. The study is the first detailed look at how "real world" variables, such as tides and currents, influence the flow of waste from fish farms and impact waterways and surrounding shorelines. The research was supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program
California policies are failing to meet the demand for water supply reliability, water quality, flood protection, and ecosystem health. Today's problems are likely to worsen unless the state makes broad and bold changes in water management policy, says Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.
Tagging and tracking leatherback sea turtles has produced new insights into the turtles' behavior in a part of the South Pacific Ocean long considered an oceanic desert. The new data will help researchers predict the turtles' movements in the ever-changing environment of the open ocean, with the goal of reducing the impact of fishing on the endangered leatherback population.
A new study -- co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi -- analyzing what is needed to convert the world's energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today's technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy. But converting will be a massive undertaking on the scale of the moon landings. What is needed most is the societal and political will to make it happen.