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.

Scholarly Publications

Socio-technical multi-criteria evaluation of long-term spent nuclear fuel management strategies: A framework and method

In the absence of a federal geologic repository or consolidated, interim storage in the United States, commercial spent fuel will remain stranded at some 75 sites across the country. Currently,...

The Existential Threat From Cyber-enabled Information Warfare

July 2019

Corruption of the information ecosystem is not just a multiplier of two long-acknowledged existential threats to the future of humanity—climate change and nuclear weapons.

Probabilistic Performance Assessment vs. the Safety Case Approach

January 2019

The “safety case” approach has been developed to address the issue of evaluating the performance of a geologic repository in the face of the large uncertainty that results for evaluations that...

Other Publications

Atomic Homefront: a film about struggling to live with Manhattan Project radioactive waste

June 2018

Abstract: This commentary reviews and discusses HBO’s new documentary, Atomic Homefront, which shows how communities are still struggling to live with radiation from radioactive waste generated...

A Silk Road for the Twenty-First Century?

November 2016

In an analysis piece for CSIS, Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow Thomas Fingar examines the geopolitical, economic and developmental considerations of Xi Jinping's call for China and the...

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, U.S. House of Representatives

April 2013

CISAC Affiliate Rodney Ewing, Chairman of the U.S.

News

Rare Earth Elements in Materials Science

June 2022

A vast array of critical new technologies rely on rare earth metals, a group of elements that are difficult to mine because they are so well dispersed in the earth and often contain radioactive...

Stanford scholars visit the only operating rare earth mine in the United States

March 2022

A three-person team from CISAC toured the only domestic mine producing rare earths, which are critical for the modern economy.

How to solve the Nord Stream 2 dilemma

March 2021

If Gazprom could be persuaded to increase gas transit revenues for Ukraine, that would give the Biden administration a reason not to impose sanctions to block Nord Stream 2’s completion and...

Old Events

Recent Advances in the Development of an Alternative Global Rare Earth Supply Chain

October 8, 2020

For spring quarter 2022, CISAC will be hosting hybrid events.

“The Perfect Weapon” Special Screening & Panel Discussion

September 28, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone.

Islamic Humanitarian Law and Islamic Armed Groups

September 1, 2020

* Please note all CISAC events are scheduled using the Pacific Time Zone.

Projects

Environmental

English

Managing Global Insecurity Project (MGI)

Nearly 20 years into the post-cold war era, the existing multilateral architecture of international organizations, treaties, and alliances shows signs of acute distress.
English

Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources, and International Security

This project involves political scientists, economists, and medical researchers to address the question of whether hunger, poverty, disease and agricultural resource constraints foster civil...
English

People

bmkhigh Beatriz Magaloni Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Taubman Phil Philip Taubman Lecturer
Stephen Luby Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health (by courtesy)
rsd19 072 0308a Paul N. Edwards William J. Perry Fellow
van Schewick Barbara Barbara van Schewick Associate Professor, Law
Woman smiling Anne Clunan Affiliate
rsd19 072 0267a Lindsay Krall Affiliate
Gordon, Deborah Deborah C. Gordon Affiliate
David Clark David L. Clark Affiliate
Daniel Metlay Daniel Metlay Affiliate
dunnmonheadshot Jared Dunnmon Affiliate