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The following is a collection of commentary about members (current or former) of FSE found on various external, unaffiliated websites via an automated process:

May 14, 2012

Stanford researchers question whether biofuel is the answer to U.S. energy independence

Mention of David Lobell via Peninsula Press

David Lobell, who studies the interactions between food production, food security, and the environment at Stanford, pointed out, “one of the risks with biofuels is that alternatives don’t get explored ...” Read more »


April 3, 2012

FSI fellow addresses China education gap

Mention of Scott Rozelle via The Stanford Daily

While 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, only two percent of their rural counterparts have the same privileges. Rozelle argues that the vast gap could result in a “lost generation” of children from rural backgrounds denied the skills to work in a modern economy, derailing China’s rapid economic growth. Read more »


February 23, 2012

Kaitlin Shilling: Climate Conflict and Export Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

Mention of Kaitlin Shilling via New Security Beat

In this short video interview, Stanford University’s Kaitlin Shilling talks about using agricultural and climate change sciences in a way to help policymakers better intervene to prevent climate-driven civil conflict. Read more »


January 30, 2012

Research shows climate change may shrink wheat crops

Mention of David Lobell via ABC Online

Professor David Lobell from Stanford University used nine years worth of satellite images to observe when Indian wheat crops turned brown, that is when they stopped growing. He looked at what happened when temperatures exceeded 34 degrees Celsius; ... Read more »


January 29, 2012

Wheat will age prematurely in a warmer world

Mention of David Lobell via New Scientist

David Lobell of Stanford University in California used nine years of images from the MODIS Earth-observation satellite to track when wheat in this region turned from green to brown, a sign that the grain is no longer growing. Read more »


January 5, 2012

Climate Change and the Trillion-Dollar Disruption

Mention of Wolfram Schlenker via Forbes

In 2008, Columbia Researcher Wolfram Schlenker and North Carolina State researcher Michael J. Roberts examined the impact of rising temperatures on yields of corn, soybeans, and cotton. They found that yields drift upwards as temperatures rise until ... Read more »


December 5, 2011

Mapping underground water sources for drip irrigation could change African village life, say Stanford researchers

Mention of Jennifer Burney via Stanford University News

Burney and her colleagues' work in two northern Benin villages is an example of successful investment in smallholder irrigation. They worked with women's cooperative agricultural groups to install and measure the economic and nutritional impacts of solar-powered drip-irrigated gardens on villages in West Africa's Sudano-Sahel region. Read more »


November 23, 2011

Better school lunches – in China

Mention of Scott Rozelle via Scope (blog)

In a series of studies, economist Scott Rozelle’s research team found that nearly 40 percent of Chinese primary-school children suffered iron-deficiency anemia. After assessing Rozelle’s work, the Chinese government has pledged to make elementary and middle-school lunches more nutritious. Read more »


August 24, 2011

Climate cycles drive civil war

Mention of Marshall Burke via Nature.com (subscription)

A 2009 study 2 by economist Marshall Burke at the University of California, Berkeley, and his co-workers found that the probability of armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa was about 50% higher than normal in some unusually warm years since 1981. Read more »


June 16, 2011

Stanford’s Scott Rozelle continues the fight against iron deficiency in rural China

Mention of Scott Rozelle via Scope (blog)

Today's Stanford Report reports on economist Scott Rozelle, PhD's struggle to combat anemia, an iron-deficiency disorder that plagues impoverished rural regions in China where families are too poor to provide their children with iron-rich foods like ... Read more »




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