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Posted by Holly Welles on Apr 26, 2017
Climate science, technology, and policy were the focus of the 16th annual meeting of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) held at Princeton University on April 4-5, 2017. Over 100 people gathered to hear presentations and take part in discussions about terrestrial and ocean carbon sinks, modeling of tropical cyclones, energy innovations and disruptive technologies, U.S. climate policy including the regulatory and tax outlook, and climate change perspectives in the era of the Trump administration. Participants and attendees of the CMI annual meeting included Princeton faculty and students...
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Posted by Igor Heifetz on Apr 24, 2017
Taplin Environmental Lecture by The Honorable James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, has held senior government positions under three U.S. presidents. He served President George Bush as the nation's 61st Secretary of State from January 1989 through August 1992, a period when the United States confronted the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the post–Cold War era. Mr. Baker served as the 67th Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. He served twice as White House Chief of Staff -- from 1981 to 1985 under...
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Posted by Igor Heifetz on Apr 20, 2017
The new spaces for the expansion of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and for programs in environmental studies (including the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and the Department of Geosciences) would be located along the north side of Ivy Lane and Western Way, two roads that are owned and maintained by the University. Much of this area is currently occupied by surface parking lots, although the proposed sites also would encompass the land that currently houses the Ferris Thompson faculty and staff...
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Posted by Holly Welles on Apr 20, 2017
Drastic changes in climate policy under the Trump administration should not cause environmental advocates to lose hope, a panel of experts said at a recent symposium at Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.  Even though the administration and Congressional leaders have begun to reverse policies aimed at reducing atmospheric carbon emissions, the panelists said that many opportunities remain to push policies and technologies to mitigate climate change. In fact, a number of technologies, from solar power to increased energy efficiency, already have...
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Posted by Igor Heifetz on Apr 19, 2017
Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. The projects include a technology for improving ultrasound's grainy images, a system for boosting biofuel production, and a facility for designing and testing new wind power technologies. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., and his wife, Wendy, created the $25 million endowment fund in 2009 to support the development of new technologies at Princeton University that...
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Posted by Igor Heifetz on Apr 18, 2017
Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is pleased to announce a call for proposals to the Urban Grand Challenge. The goal is to encourage research, teaching, mentorship, and service activities related to environment and the urban setting. Two types of awards will be considered: Small seed grants ($10,000 to $50,000 over 2 years) to support initial and exploratory projects that may be scaled up into larger and more comprehensive activities. Larger grants (up to $150,000 over 2 years) to support new initiatives that require a significant early investment of resources. Proposals...
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Posted by Office of Communications on Apr 03, 2017
Tyler Coverdale, a graduate student in Princeton University's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was one of six graduate students nationwide to receive a Graduate Student Policy Award from The Ecological Society of America. Recipients will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with policymakers and discuss the importance of federal funding for the biological and ecological sciences. Coverdale focuses his research — which is partly funded by the National Science Foundation — on plant defenses in African savannas. He works at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya and...
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Posted by Igor Heifetz on Mar 15, 2017
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. Earth's average temperature has naturally fluctuated by...
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Posted by Bennett McIntosh for the Office of the Dean for Research on Mar 13, 2017
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. It has taken us thousands of years to build today's urban centers, and yet, they're expected to double in land-area in just the next few decades. "Half the urban infrastructure we will be using in 2050 has not yet been built," said Elie Bou-Zeid, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton.  Though this growth is inevitable, the way these cities will...
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Posted by Igor Heifetz on Mar 03, 2017
In spring 2017, PEI is launching Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice. This event series will feature writers, filmmakers, other visual artists, and scholars whose work engages fundamental questions of environmental justice. Our visitors will address the political, imaginative and ethical challenges that result from unequal exposure to environmental risk and unequal access to environmental resources. Global Perspectives on Environmental Justice is coordinated by: Anne McClintock, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Rob Nixon, Currie C. and Thomas A...
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