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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 Events

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Knowledge infrastructures under siege: environmental data systems as memory, truce, and target

September 18, 2017

Abstract: This talk examines the history of environmental data systems in the context of the Trump administration’s assault on environmental science.

Solving Climate Change: 2017

September 12, 2017

Abstract: We live in a world where the risks from a changing climate are clear. New research highlights the magnitude of the risks and the benefits of rapid, ambitious action.

Carbon capture and geological sequestration: science status and the complicated road to deployment at scale

August 30, 2017

Abstract: As a potential measure of mitigating the contribution of fossil fuel emissions to global warming, carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS) entails capturing CO2 from from large...

What next for climate? Assessing the risks and the options

May 8, 2017

Abstract: Over decades, assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and many others has bolstered understanding of the climate problem: unequivocal warming, pervasive impacts, and...

How low-carbon technologies will improve our climate, health, and national security and stabilize the world's economies

April 20, 2017

Abstract: In 2015 nations agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all.

Learning from a Disaster: Nuclear Safety and Security Five Years after Fukushima

March 11, 2016

- This event is jointly sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Walter H.

The changing landscape of infectious diseases and its effects on human health

November 2, 2015

Abstract: Concerns are mounting that changes in climate, land use, species invasions, and connectivity are changing the global landscape of infectious diseases.

Global Seismic Risk and Looming Megacity Catastrophes: Megacities, Megarisks

June 8, 2015

Abstract: According to the UN, in 2008, for the first time, more people live in cities than in rural areas. An estimated 1 billion of these urban dwellers currently live in shanty-towns.

Anthropogenic impact on animal life and its consequences for ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services

March 9, 2015

Abstract: Although anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity are recognized, human impacts on animal life are an under-appreciated form of global environmental change.

Reset of U.S. Nuclear Waste Management Strategy and Policy

February 17, 2015

The United States’ strategy for the storage and disposal of highly radioactive nuclear waste is at a stalemate: spent nuclear fuel accumulates at nuclear power plants, yet there is no long-term,...

Projecting Risk into the Future: Sinking of the Titanic and Failure of a Geologic Repository

January 26, 2015

Abstract: The “unsinkable” RMS Titanic sank on April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City.  There was no single cause for the loss of...

Interschool Honors Program in International Security Studies Information Session

January 20, 2015

CISAC Interschool Honors Program in International Security StudiesINFORMATION SESSION for Stanford undergraduates interested in applying for the 2015-2016 academic year   Meet program faculty,...

When We Began to "Think Globally": Radioactive Fallout, the Cold War, and the Making of a Global Environmental Problem, 1945-1963

March 20, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: The Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963 is known as the first nuclear arms control agreement.

Can Nuclear Power Evolve Beyond Light Water? An Examination of the US and China

February 25, 2013

The United States commercial nuclear industry started just a few years following the conclusion of the second world war with the start of operation of the Shippingport reactor.

Next Steps for U.S. Nuclear Waste Policy: Implementing the Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission

February 4, 2013

A broad scientific and technical consensus has emerged over the last several decades that deep geologic isolation can provide safe and secure disposal for nuclear high level waste and spent fuel....

Global Health Diplomacy in North Korea: the Stanford Tuberculosis Project in the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

November 26, 2012

About the topic: Stanford University, in collaboration with humanitarian NGOs, WHO, the Global Fund and the North Korean Ministry of Public Health have undertaken to develop that country's first...

Cyber Security of Industrial Control Systems – What Does It Mean to National Security?

October 8, 2012

Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) are used throughout the industrial infrastructure and military applications.

Global Health Impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

October 1, 2012

This study quantifies worldwide health effects of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident on 11 March 2011.

Special CISAC Seminar: Honors Student Award-Winning Presentations

June 5, 2012

Special CISAC Seminar  Stephen Craig Recipient of The Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research  “Tamed Tiger or Restless Beast?

Advanced Energy Technologies: Prospects and Challenges for Developing Countries

June 4, 2012

Dramatic improvements and cost reductions in renewable energy technologies have occurred over the past decade and even greater improvements are expected in the years to come.

The Hart-Rudman Commission: Time for a Second Look?

June 1, 2012

About the Topic: As fiscal year 2001 came to an end, the Hart-Rudman Commission and its recommendations for a post-Cold War national security structure were still on the agenda of Washington...

Nuclear Reactor Technology Transfers: A Review of Experiences in the Republic of Korea and China

April 18, 2012

There are currently 60 nuclear reactors under construction worldwide with nearly half of these projects being built in China.

People

Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Paul Edwards Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
Francois Diaz-Maurin François Diaz-Maurin Visiting Scholar
Jack Blaisdell CISAC Honors Student
Philip Taubman Adjunct Professor
Charles Perrow Visiting Scholar (in residence December-April)
Paul Jackson Paul J. Jackson Affiliate
Paul Kapur Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate
Robert Weiner Robert Weiner Affiliate