Nations and territories on small islands in the Pacific Ocean are likely to be some of the most drastically affected by global climate change. That’s because these communities depend heavily on nearshore, small-scale catches of fish, crustaceans and other marine populations that are likely to be disrupted by changing ocean temperatures and loss of coral reefs. These fisheries are also pillars of cultural and economic independence in impoverished and marginalized areas.
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While many people view climate change as an intangible and overwhelming problem, they can address its impacts on the oceans, chiefly through continued investment in innovative strategies for managing the seas and the life within them.
That is one conclusion of a new paper titled “Avoiding a Crisis of Motivation for Ocean Management Under Global Environmental Change” from a group of Pew marine fellows and other researchers.
Marking a milestone partnership in planetary health, Stanford epidemiologist Stephen Luby, MD, has been tapped to direct the health evaluation of a project to use water management strategies to potentially improve the lives of more than a billion people globally.
News Item The Stanford Global Projects Center
Building and maintaining civil and social infrastructure is a massive and complicated task. Yet it is an essential responsibility of any society. Developing countries strain to build enough new infrastructure to improve the living standards of their burgeoning urban populations, whereas developed ones struggle to maintain and expand existing infrastructure assets. These projects require cross-national and cross-sectoral coordination due to their scale, their impact on population and environment as well as their complexity of financing and governance.
Cruising comfortably at 50 mph, a solar-powered car built by a team of Stanford engineering students is facing off against cars built by engineers from around the world in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.
News Item Toward More Sustainable Palm Oil
A research team led by Woods Senior Fellow Rosamond Naylor (Earth System Science) has won a $400,000 multi-year grant to study how to create sustainable palm oil supply chains that promote economic growth and environmental sustainability in Indonesia and West Africa.