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PEI announces Climate and Energy Grand Challenge call for proposals

December 3, 2019

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is seeking innovative research and teaching proposals from Princeton University faculty and senior research staff for the Climate and Energy Challenge, a long-term research and teaching cooperative under the Grand Challenges program. The goal is…

Sea-level rise is speeding up, says Princeton climatologist Michael Oppenheimer

January 13, 2020 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

On Sunday, Jan. 12, the Princeton Environmental Institute’s Michael Oppenheimer spoke on CBS’ “60 Minutes ”with reporter John Dickerson about how climate change has exacerbated flooding in Venice, Italy. “Venice is facing an existential threat to the city as it…

Climate change could make RSV respiratory infection outbreaks less severe, more common

December 16, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

One of the first studies to examine the effect of climate change on diseases such as influenza that are transmitted directly from person to person has found that higher temperatures and increased rainfall could make outbreaks less severe but more…

Full video of Princeton Environmental Forum now available

December 5, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Video is now available of the Oct. 24-25 Princeton Environmental Forum featuring Princeton faculty and alumni environmental leaders in a series of discussions addressing urgent environmental issues for the 21st century, including climate change science and policy, the protection of…

Amilcare Porporato receives EGU Dalton Medal for fundamental contributions to ecohydrology

November 29, 2019

Amilcare Porporato, the Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), has received the 2020 John Dalton Medal from the European Geosciences Union for his…

Two million-year-old ice cores provide first direct observations of an ancient climate

November 21, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University-led researchers have extracted 2 million-year-old ice cores from Antarctica that provide the first direct observations of Earth’s climate at a time when the furred early ancestors of modern humans still roamed. Gas bubbles trapped in the cores —…

Researchers find nature’s backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients

November 11, 2019 ・ Joseph Albanese

Although nitrogen is essential for all living organisms — it makes up 3% of the human body — and comprises 78% of Earth’s atmosphere, it’s almost ironically difficult for plants and natural systems to access it. Atmospheric nitrogen is not…

Geyman’s published senior thesis research offers new thoughts on how carbonates record global carbon cycle

November 8, 2019 ・ Tom Garlinghouse

When scientists want to study Earth’s very ancient geological past — typically greater than 100 million years ago — they often turn to rocks called carbonates. Calcium carbonates, the most ubiquitous forms of carbonate, are minerals that precipitate from seawater…

Princeton researchers receive $2.5 million to advance the science of urban food sustainability

November 6, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University researchers have received a $2.5 million federal grant to lead an interdisciplinary effort with academic, city government and nonprofit partners that will develop a scientific process for establishing urban food systems that are less wasteful and environmentally detrimental.…