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Honors Students Talk Future Goals After SDEV Program

By Chandler Precht In spring 2017, three students from the Undergraduate Sustainable Development Program, Elana Sulakshana, Sophia Rhee, & Jonathan Young, received Departmental Honors and two students, Elana Sulakshana & Saradiane Mosko, received Phi Beta Kappa Honors. We spoke to them about their undergraduate experiences and their plans for making a sustainable future. Q&A with… read more

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Sheean T Haley speaking

Why I Decided to Stand Up for Climate Science

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by |May 10, 2017
The team from the WOmen, Peace and Security Program talked to local women about their involvement in formal and informal processes of peacebuilding.

Women, Peace and Security Program Team Travels to Mozambique

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The recent drought in California is one focus of a Stanford research team's effort to calculate how human-induced climate change influences extreme weather events. Photo: California Department of Water Resources

Testing Links Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

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Dong Guo talks to Chinese media during the annual China Fashion Forum in Beijing on March 29.

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by |April 24, 2017
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Current MPA-ESP Student Tiara Cunningham writes about her experience traveling to Israel with SIPA's Israel Environmental Delegation.

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Undergrad program snip

Earth Institute Summer 2017 Internships

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by |April 5, 2017
Processing steel slag. Photo: www.loesche.com

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Empowering Girls by Learning About Puberty

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by |March 8, 2017