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Pacala chairs national committee calling for immediate push for CO2-removal technology

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Monday, October 29, 2018 - 4:00pm

The escalating effects of climate change demand a research initiative to develop and launch "negative emissions technologies" that remove and sequester carbon dioxide directly from the air, according to a report by a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee chaired by Stephen Pacala, Princeton's Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and co-director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative.

Stoddard receives Packard Fellowship for early-career scientists

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:15pm

Mary Caswell "Cassie" Stoddard, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI associated faculty, was one of 18 researchers nationwide to receive a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, which is awarded to innovative, early-career scientists and engineers. Recipients also include William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah and a past PEI postdoctoral research associate.

Princeton Profiles: Zoe Sims, finding purpose and passion in the natural world

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

After graduating from Princeton, Zoe Sims '17, who received her degree in EEB with a certificate in ENV, spent a year in service at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya through a Princeton in Africa fellowship. Sims distinguished herself as a scientist and a student while at Princeton – including receiving numerous honors from PEI — and she continues to pursue her passion for the environment.

Europe's Policy to Treat Wood as Low-Carbon Fuel Poised to Harm Global Forests

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:30am

Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and possibly lead to vast new cutting of the world's forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. The paper is co-authored by eight scientists from the United States and Europe, including lead author Tim Searchinger, research scholar in Princeton University's Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and a lecturer in the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Foam could offer greener option for petroleum drillers

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:00am

Princeton researchers have experimentally tested the fracturing behavior of foam for use in hydraulic fracturing, which would use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture is not well understood. The research was supported by PEI's Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Fund and Carbon Mitigation Initiative and led by PEI associated faculty Howard Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Photosynthesis and engines evolved in remarkably similar ways

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:00am

A study from the group of Amilcare Porporato, the Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute, suggests that plants and internal combustion engines share striking parallels in adapting to changing environmental conditions. The study suggests that people could more consciously take lessons from nature when designing mechanical systems.

PEI Faculty Seminar: "China’s Energy Future: Potential Air-Pollution, Health and Climate Implications"

Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, presented, "China’s Energy Future: Potential Air-Pollution, Health and Climate Implications," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Bender is the fourth speaker in the Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.

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