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  • Interactive map shows nature’s contributions to people
    by Sarah Cafasso on 2019-10-10 at 18:00:36

    The researchers set out to understand where nature contributes the most to people and how many people may be affected by future changes. By 2050, up to 5 billion people could be at higher risk of water pollution, coastal storms and underpollinated crops. […]

  • Archaea hold clues to ancient ocean temperatures
    by Adam Hadhazy on 2019-10-07 at 19:00:56

    Scientists at Stanford have identified molecules that tough microbes use to survive in warming waters, opening a window more broadly into studying conditions in ancient seas. […]

  • New treatment prevents wildfires
    by Rob Jordan on 2019-09-30 at 19:00:37

    Scientists and engineers worked with state and local agencies to develop and test a long-lasting, environmentally benign fire-retarding material. If used on high-risk areas, the simple, affordable treatment could dramatically cut the number of fires that occur each year. […]

  • Endangered Species Act changes
    by Rob Jordan on 2019-09-26 at 13:00:08

    America’s signature legislation for saving species faces a major overhaul. Conservation and legal experts examine likely impacts of the new rules and legal options for challenging them. […]

  • Ensuring coastal resilience for the Bahamas
    by Sarah Cafasso on 2019-09-24 at 13:00:53

    A new Stanford-led study provides information on how to invest in natural coastal ecosystems that the Bahamian government, community leaders and development banks are applying in post-disaster recovery and future storm preparation in the Bahamas. […]

  • Lead found in turmeric
    by Rob Jordan on 2019-09-24 at 13:00:24

    Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to imbue turmeric with a bright yellow color prized for curries and other traditional dishes, elevating blood lead levels in Bangladeshis. […]

  • Green growth that works
    by Sarah Cafasso on 2019-09-16 at 13:00:12

    Economic development plans often overlook a crucial detail – ecosystems that provide essential services to people. Stanford experts discuss a new sustainable development approach that balances the needs of people and nature. […]

  • Satellites reveal peatland fire susceptibility
    by Danielle Torrent Tucker on 2019-09-09 at 08:00:29

    Fires in Southeast Asian peatlands release huge amounts of carbon, along with deadly smoke. Now, new satellite measurements of soil moisture may offer a promising approach to reducing those fires and their widespread haze. […]

  • Poverty as a disease trap
    by Rob Jordan on 2019-09-03 at 07:01:23

    The realities of subsistence living in a region of Senegal hard hit by schistosomiasis make reinfection likely, despite mass drug administration. Stanford researchers find that engaging communities in the design of disease control programs could help. […]

  • Traditional fire management could help revitalize American Indian cultures
    by Rob Jordan on 2019-08-27 at 12:00:45

    In collaboration with tribes in Northern California, researchers examined traditional fire management practices and found that these approaches, if expanded, could strengthen cultures and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. […]