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.

Recent News

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Can cash incentives stop deforestation?

July 2022

New work by team including FSE researchers provides a broad, cautionary understanding of why financial incentives alone are unlikely to prevent forest-clearing fires in Indonesia’s oil palm regions.

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

June 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.

Lawmakers are Slowly Warming Up to Policy on Climate Change

February 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...

Growing Climate Solutions

October 2021

Stanford scientists discuss climate-smart agriculture

Stanford economist and others assess aquaculture’s promise and peril

March 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...

Air Pollution's Connection to Infant Mortality

June 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...

COVID-19 Could Exacerbate Food Insecurity Around the World, Stanford Expert Warns

May 2020

COVID-19 and other looming threats could make it much harder for people to access food. David Lobell, director of Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment, outlines likely scenarios and...

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headshot Hemant Pullabhotla Postdoctoral Scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Department of Earth System Science
Klinger FSE photo Dane Klinger Affiliated scholar
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