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Princeton climate scientist Balaji selected for French climate initiative

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:30am

PEI associated faculty Venkatramani Balaji is one of 18 scientists worldwide selected to receive funding from the prestigious "Make Our Planet Great Again" climate initiative launched by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:15am

Princeton University researchers have found that the climate models scientists use to project future conditions on our planet underestimate the daily cooling effect that clouds have, which results in warmer, drier conditions than might actually occur. While the researchers found that these inaccuracies did not seem to invalidate climate projections, they do increase the margin of error for understanding how climate change will affect us.

The ecological costs of war in Africa

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 1:00pm

After years of examining conflict in Africa's protected areas, Princeton researchers Joshua Daskin and Robert Pringle report in the journal Nature that war has been a consistent factor in the decades-long decline of Africa's large mammals. But they also found that wildlife populations rarely collapsed to the point where recovery was impossible, meaning that even protected areas severely affected by conflict are promising candidates for conservation and rehabilitation.

Princeton, Stockholm University team up to explore ‘Earth in 2050’ global environment

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:30am

Princeton University welcomed researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University for “Earth in 2050: Boundaries, Obstacles and Opportunities,” which focused on key issues related to the global environment, including food security, urban infrastructure, biodiversity and conservation biology, human behavior, and water quality. The Nov. 12-14 conference was by the Princeton International Fund, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Freshman seminar asks students to envision their future in a changing climate

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Monday, December 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

The freshman seminar, “Time Capsules for Climate Change,” asks students to use emerging science to think about the future of humanity under climate change and possible strategies for mitigation. Taught by Rob Socolow, professor emeritus of mechanical and aerospace engineering and associated faculty in the Princeton Environmental Institute, the students are writing four essays that will be placed in time capsules to be opened at their graduation in 2021 and at their 10-, 25- and 50-year reunions. The time capsules are being stored in Princeton’s Mudd Library.

No more free rides: How to value and govern water for the future

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm

Efforts to provide the world with clean and accessible water unravel when people try to determine how much water is actually worth, according to a paper published Nov. 24 in the journal Science. The paper's 13 authors lay out four steps for valuing and governing water sustainably. Based at institutions and universities around the world — including Princeton University — the researchers wrote the paper for the Valuing Water Initiative announced in May by the United Nations and the World Bank, which intends to identify methods for determining the value of water.

PEI Faculty Seminar Series: Ancient Greek and Hebrew Ideas of Ecological Politics

Fall 2017 PEI Faculty Seminar Series - 12/5/2017: Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Director of the University Center for Human Values

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:00am

Researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Their model showed that the burning of fossil fuels since 1860 would lead to an increase in the destructive storms in the Arabian Sea by 2015, marking one of the first times that modeled projections have synchronized with real observations of storm activity.

Responding to urban design challenges: Students explore architecture in Brazil

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:15pm

This semester, 12 Princeton undergraduates explored architectural and urban design through a course that took them to Brazil over fall break to gain firsthand knowledge of the topics discussed on campus. The course, “The Interdisciplinary Design Studio,” was developed by PEI associated faculty member Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, with support from a PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program.


Farms, petroculture and the Environmental Nexus: Four new environmental studies courses and ENV 200 for Spring 2018

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Monday, December 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Four new environmental studies courses and the popular "Environmental Nexus" class are among the many Spring 2018 classes from PEI's Certificate Program in Environmental Studies. Registration begins Dec. 6.