International News from Stanford University - 2017
News Item Germany’s High-Priced Energy Revolution
Working in communications at Stanford Health Policy, I spend a lot of time reading about health research. But to be honest, much of our research doesn’t affect me directly. Breast cancer, statins and Medicare coverage may factor into my life someday, but while I’m still in my 2os and mercifully healthy, I’m somewhat removed from many of the health concerns that affect millions of Americans.
But sometimes, I come across studies that affect everyone — and, in my view, nothing has a greater health impact than climate change.
When Mark Krasnow, MD, PhD, isn’t in his biochemistry lab at Stanford, he might be found in the rainforests of Madagascar chasing down mouse lemurs. These big-eyed, cuddly-looking creatures are the smallest, fastest-maturing primates on earth. Some 20 million of them roam the landscape in Madagascar, the only region of the world where they live.
Marking a milestone partnership in planetary health, Stanford epidemiologist Stephen Luby, MD, has been tapped to direct the health evaluation of a project to use water management strategies to potentially improve the lives of more than a billion people globally.
Stanford scientists and collaborators determine ecologically valuable areas within China. The country plans to protect these areas as part of an ecological initiative.
China leads the world in greenhouse gas emissions. Its biggest cities are shrouded in smog. And the country’s population is 1.4 billion people and growing. At least to the rest of the world, China isn’t known as a leader in environmental mindfulness.
Research from Gretchen Daily, professor of biology at Stanford University, is helping to change that.
News Item Muslim and afraid – but not alone
Every night when he was still in Homs, Syria, a then-5-year-old named Mustafa hid underneath his mattress because he thought it protected him from the airstrikes. While underneath, he would close his eyes and recite his favorite verse from the Quran: “His throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them, for He is the Highest and Most Exalted.”
Stanford researchers view ocean management as next front for China to compete as global sustainability leaders.