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Local people on rice terraces at Longji, Guilin, China.

Less air pollution leads to higher crop yields, Stanford-led study shows

News / June 1, 2022
New analysis shows crop yields could increase by about 25% in China and up to 10% in other parts of the world if emissions of a common air pollutant decreased by about half.
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Green corn and soybean field

Lasering In on Corn Fields

News / March 7, 2022
Mapping crops around the globe is key to estimating production and developing targeted management strategies. New research utilized data from NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) technology and developed an algorithm to distinguish between maize and other crops with high accuracy and produce crop maps across the globe.
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People gather at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, 2021.

Lawmakers are Slowly Warming Up to Policy on Climate Change

News / February 17, 2022
Climate expert Marshall Burke joins the World Class podcast to talk through what’s going right, what’s going wrong, and what more needs to be done to translate data on the climate crisis into meaningful policy.
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New Scholars at Risk Program Brings Two Scholars from Afghanistan to Stanford Global Studies and FSI

News / February 11, 2022
In a letter to the community, Jisha Menon, Fisher Family Director of Stanford Global Studies, and Michael McFaul, director of FSI, announce plans to welcome two Afghan scholars in 2022.
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David Lobell holds up maize in a farm to show outcomes from different growing practices

David Lobell honored with 2022 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

News / January 24, 2022
Lobell’s groundbreaking work has advanced the world’s understanding of the effects of climate variability and change on global crop productivity.
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NASA Harvest Partners At Stanford Expand Lidar Applications To Create Wall-To-Wall Crop Type Mapping

News / January 21, 2022
NASA Harvest partners at Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) recently published a study on their efforts integrating lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) and optical earth observation (EO) data to improve crop type mapping in areas with low training data availability.
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Growing Climate Solutions

Q&As / October 12, 2021
Stanford scientists discuss climate-smart agriculture
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Notes from the Field

Commentary / September 27, 2021
FSE Senior Fellow, Emeritus, Walter Falcon shares observations from Iowa on weather, farming, politics and more.
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Orange smokey skies over San Francisco

Wildfire smoke exposure during pregnancy increases preterm birth risk, Stanford study finds

News / August 23, 2021
Smoke from wildfires may have contributed to thousands of additional premature births in California between 2007 and 2012. The findings underscore the value of reducing the risk of big, extreme wildfires and suggest pregnant people should avoid very smoky air.
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Global warming increased U.S. crop insurance losses by $27 billion in 27 years, Stanford study finds

News / August 4, 2021
Higher temperatures attributed to climate change caused payouts from the nation’s biggest farm support program to increase by $27 billion between 1991 and 2017, according to new estimates from Stanford researchers. Costs are likely to rise even further with the growing intensity and frequency of heat waves and other severe weather events.
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Stanford researchers offer practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

News / July 7, 2021
Warnings of another severe wildfire season abound, as do efforts to reduce the risk of ignition. Yet few are taking precautions against the smoke. Stanford experts advise on contending with hazardous air quality.
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Cleaner air has boosted U.S. corn and soybean yields, Stanford-led research shows

News / July 1, 2021
The analysis estimates pollution reductions between 1999 and 2019 contributed to about 20 percent of the increase in corn and soybean yield gains during that period – an amount worth about $5 billion per year.
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Stanford explainer: Social cost of carbon

Q&As / June 7, 2021
Marshall Burke and Lawrence Goulder explain the economic impacts of carbon emissions.
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Aerial photo of aquaculture in Luoyuan Bay, China

Stanford economist and others assess aquaculture’s promise and peril

News / March 24, 2021
Twenty years ago, a Stanford-led analysis sparked controversy by highlighting fish farming’s damage to ocean fisheries. Now a follow-up study takes stock of the industry’s progress and points to opportunities for sustainable growth.
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Blue Food Assessment featured in The Economist Blog

News / February 5, 2021
In an article recently published in the Food Sustainability Index, a publication of The Economist, Blue Food Assessment co-chair Roz Naylor emphasizes the need to develop comprehensive food policies that better incorporate food from aquatic spaces.
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A tractor harvests corn in Iowa.

U.S. Corn Crop’s Growing Sensitivity to Drought

News / October 26, 2020
New management approaches and technology have allowed the U.S. Corn Belt to increase yields despite some changes in climate. However, soil sensitivity to drought has increased significantly, according to a new study that could help identify ways to reverse the trend.
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Children study at an Indian village school

How Extreme Heat Affects Learning

News / October 6, 2020
Worsening climate change deepens educational inequities across the United States and around the world, study finds.
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Freshly cut pieces of sugarcane. (Image credit: iStock / Getty Images)

Exploring the sustainability of the Indian sugar industry

News / August 4, 2020
Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India – the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide – and how the political economy drives those challenges.
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Air Pollution's Connection to Infant Mortality

News / June 29, 2020
The study of sub-Saharan Africa finds that a relatively small increase in airborne particles significantly increases infant mortality rates. A cost-effective solution may lie in an exotic-sounding proposal.
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Stanford researchers harness satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa

News / May 22, 2020
A new tool combines publicly accessible satellite imagery with AI to track poverty across African villages over time.
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