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Study: Cold Climates and Ocean Carbon Sequestration

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:30pm

We know a lot about how carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can drive climate change, but how about the way that climate change can cause fluctuations in CO2 levels? New research from an international team of scientists reveals one of the mechanisms by which a colder climate was accompanied by depleted atmospheric CO2 during past ice ages.

The overall goal of the work is to better understand how and why the earth goes through periodic climate change, which could shed light on how man-made factors could affect the global climate.

Innovations in Building Intelligent Cities

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Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:45am

Cities. They sprawl and tangle, juxtaposing ancient public squares and glistening skyscrapers. They provide homes for half of humanity, and economic and cultural centers for the rest.

Forecast: a Podcast About Climate Science and Climate Scientists

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 10:45am

Gabe Vecchi is a world-famous atmospheric scientist with a pretty simple attitude to making progress: In order to do something, you need to do it. And Gabe’s done a lot!

How Temperature Guides Where Species Live and Where They'll Go

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:30am

For decades, among the most enduring questions for ecologists have been: "Why do species live where they do? And what are the factors that keep them there?" A Princeton University-based study featured on the February cover of the journal Ecology could prove significant in answering that question, particularly for animals in the world's temperate mountain areas.

PEI Awards $374,000 for Innovative Research, Teaching, Mentorship, and Service focused on Urban Sustainability

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 10:45am

Princeton Environmental Institute has announced awards totaling $374,000 to support five faculty research projects as part of the Urban Grand Challenge – one of several long term research cooperatives that comprise its Grand Challenges program. 

FACULTY HONOR: Tarnita Named ESA Early Career Fellow

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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:00am

Corina Tarnita​Corina Tarnita, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI associated faculty member, was among seven researchers nationwide to be named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

PEI Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:30pm

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is pleased to welcome Gabriel Vecchi, Luc Deike, Laure Resplandy, and Xinning Zhang to the Princeton University faculty.

Gabriel Vecchi

Gabriel VecchieGabriel Vecchi joins the faculty as a professor with a joint appointment in PEI and the Department of Geosciences.

Will It Rain? Monitoring Program Puts Crucial Info in Hands of Remotest Farmers

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2:00pm

At a vegetable farm in West Africa, where the planting is done by hand, questions about weather boil down to the most urgent question of all:  Will the rains be good or bad?

Writing Environmental Ruin, or How to Write an Obituary for an Embattled Planet

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 2:15pm

Until recently, Princeton University junior Anne Merrill wasn't aware of how time and distance can dampen a person's awareness of the pervasiveness and the toxic endurance of environmental degradation.

In African 'Fairy Circles,' a Template for Nature's Many Patterns

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:00pm

Be it the Mima mounds of Washington state or the famous "fairy circles" of Namibia in southwestern Africa, people are captivated by the regular patterns of plant growth that blanket desert and grassland landscapes, often with mesmerizing consistency.