Environment

Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

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Researchers present their work at AGU 2019

January 2020

Each year, thousands of scientists from across the globe come together at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual fall meeting to share new findings and research on pressing topics facing our...

APARC Delegation Visits Hanoi and Bangkok

December 2019

Southeast Asia, home to over 640 million people across 10 countries, is one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions.

Microsatellite data can help double impact of agricultural interventions

October 2019

Data from microsatellites can be used to detect and double the impact of sustainable interventions in agriculture at large scales, according to a new study led by the University of Michigan.

When Food Insecurity Becomes a National Security Threat: A Conversation with David Beasley

October 2019

More than 820 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat and their hunger affects us all.

Flood, Drought and Political Invasion: A Lament From Rural Iowa

September 2019

This posting, my eighth annual edition, comes again from our mid-sized corn, soybean, and cattle farm in Linn County, Iowa.  My wife and I may not be typical owners, but our farming operation is a...

Heading for (Another) Ukraine-Russia Gas Fight?

September 2019

Twice in the past 14 years, a dispute between Ukraine and Russia has led Russia to cut off natural gas flows to Ukraine and Europe. The stage is being set for another cut-off in January.

Draper Hills 2019 Summer Fellows Reflect on Activism, Democracy and the Importance of Collaboration

August 2019

Every summer, the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program brings together international leaders who are pioneering new approaches to advance social and political change in some of the most challenging...

Announcing Stanford e-China, a New Stanford University Online Course for High School Students in China

July 2019

The stars have finally aligned to enable SPICE to launch its first online course in China, Stanford e-China—an interactive, virtual class for Chinese high school students.

MIP Feature Friday: Ryan Triolo

May 2019

“I was really interested in economics policy and international politics — MIP seemed like a nice fit.” Read about how our MIP alumnus, Ryan Triolo, knew he wanted to apply to MIP as an...

MIP Feature Friday: Zuha Shaikh

April 2019

Healthcare and The Entrepreneurial Spirit: How is Zuha Shaikh pursuing her passion for solving global issues here at Stanford? Find out on our FSI blog! #MIPFeatureFriday

Audio: China’s High Speed Rail Construction in Southeast Asia: Myth vs. Reality

February 2019

David M. Lampton gave a talk titled “Chinese Power and Rail Connectivity in Southeast Asia” before the Stanford China Program audience on February 6th.

Timothy Josling dies at age 78

December 2018

Timothy Josling, a professor emeritus at the former Food Research Institute and an affiliate of The Europe Center known for his encyclopedic knowledge of international agricultural policy, died on...

U.S. must start from scratch with a new nuclear waste strategy, a Stanford-led panel says

December 2018

 Rod Ewing led a three-year study recommending changes to the U.S. nuclear waste management program. (Image credit: Courtesy CISAC)The U.S.

Paul Edwards delivers keynote at Global Weather Conference Oct. 12

October 2018

What can the past teach us about the future of the global weather enterprise? On October 12th, William J.

7th Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

October 2018

Sungmoon Lim (BA '18 Urban Studies) has won the 7th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies for her paper, "Urban Design in the Age of Globalization: An Analysis of the Global...

Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

October 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

David Lobell and Marshall Burke Talk Food Security, Human Health and the Importance of Mitigation

September 2018

When it comes to food security, health and poverty, the impacts of climate change already are evident.

Saving the world’s food and water supplies with Ertharin Cousin

August 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

Stanford researchers find warming temperatures could increase suicide rates across the U.S. and Mexico

July 2018

Suicide rates are likely to rise as the earth warms, according to new research published July 23 in Nature Climate Change. The study, led by Stanford economist Marshall Burke, finds that projected...

How More Carbon Dioxide In The Air Could Lead To More Human Disease

July 2018

The rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means that crops are becoming less nutritious, and that change could lead to higher rates of malnutrition that predispose people to various...

David Lobell Named Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment

July 2018

The Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) is pleased to announce Professor David B.

Paul N. Edwards appointed as a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

June 2018

Paul N. Edwards of CISAC has been appointed as a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

People

Alberto Díaz-Cayeros Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Philip Taubman Lecturer
Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Timothy E. Josling Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Food Research Institute, Emeritus, 1940-2018
Francisco Ramirez Professor, Education
David Freyberg Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
W. Richard Scott Professor, Sociology, Emeritus
Pamela Matson Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, FSE Affiliated Faculty Professor, Earth Sciences, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
John Meyer Professor, Sociology, Emeritus