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May 1st, 2014

U.S. corn yields growing more vulnerable to heat and drought

FSE, FSI Stanford News

U.S. corn yields are growing more sensitive to heat and drought, according to research by environmental scientist David Lobell. Farmers are faced with difficult tradeoffs in adapting to a changing climate in which unfavorable weather will become more common. +VIDEO+
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September 25th, 2013

Big year for FSI's David Lobell

FSE, FSI Stanford News

David Lobell was one of 24 MacArthur Fellows, for his research on the impact of climate change on crop production and food security. He was also named to Foreign Policy's list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. Read more »



June 14th, 2013

World's staple crops to see increasing exposure to extreme heat, say Stanford researchers

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Climate change is already affecting crop production around the world through rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and increasing CO2 in the atmosphere. A new Stanford study published today in Environmental Research Letters examines extreme heat effects on crops during the flowering period and finds the world's staple crops are increasingly at risk. Read more »



June 6th, 2013

Seeds of Sustainability wins 2013 ESA Sustainability Science Award

FSE, FSI Stanford News

The Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee was unanimous in its recommendation that the Seeds of Sustainability team of authors (which included seven FSE affiliates) receive this year's award. The award recognizes a single scholarly contribution published in the last 5 years that represents the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. Read more »



April 16th, 2013

Video: Understanding the limits of crops under extreme heat

FSE News

FSE associate director David Lobell delivers a lecture on "Understanding the limits of crops (and models) under extreme heat" as part of UC Davis' Climate-Smart Agriculture conference. Special Session - #7. Lobell's talk begins at 51:00.





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Stanford researchers question whether biofuel is the answer to U.S. energy independence
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 ...”
May 14, 2012 in Peninsula Press

Research shows climate change may shrink wheat crops
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; ...
January 30, 2012 in ABC Online

Wheat will age prematurely in a warmer world
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.
January 29, 2012 in New Scientist

Crop scientists now fret about heat, not just water
For years, as scientists have assembled data on climate change and pointed with concern at melting glaciers and other visible changes in the life-giving water cycle, the impact on seasonal rains and irrigation has worried crop watchers most. But scientists now wonder if a more immediate issue is an unusual rise in day-time and, especially, night-time summer temperatures being seen in crop belts around the world.
October 24, 2011 in msnbc.com

Stanford Scientist Criticizes Fox Distortion Of His Climate Study
Stanford's David Lobell, one of the authors of the study, explained in an email that he was "disappointed" in both the Fox Nation and Ottawa Citizen coverage, which "do not accurately portray our findings." He added: The study was only focusing on one ...
May 11, 2011 in Media Matters for America (blog)

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