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A world without the Amazon? Safeguarding the Earth’s largest rainforest focus of Princeton conference

October 23, 2019 ・ Pooja Makhijani

The Amazon is the world’s largest and most diverse tropical forest and the ancestral home of over 1 million indigenous peoples. How to preserve it was the centrally urgent theme at a conference at Princeton on Oct. 17-18. “Safeguarding the…

Study helps pinpoint what makes species vulnerable to environmental change

October 16, 2019 ・ Joseph Albanese

The fabled use of canaries in coal mines as an early warning of carbon monoxide stemmed from the birds’ extreme sensitivity to toxic conditions compared to humans. In that vein, some avian species can indicate environmental distress brought on by…

Athlete Clare Gallagher races against climate change by running for action

September 26, 2019 ・ The Office of Communications

For Clare Gallagher, Princeton Class of 2014, the urgent cry of “all hands on deck” to combat climate change brings her to her feet. Literally. An ultramarathoner and trail runner, Gallagher discusses on the latest episode of the new Princeton…

‘100-year’ floods will happen every one to 30 years, according to new coastal flood prediction maps

August 27, 2019 ・ Jen A. Miller

A 100-year flood is supposed to be just that: a flood that occurs once every 100 years, or a flood that has a 1% chance of happening every year. But Princeton researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding…

Fewer fish may reach breeding age as climate change skews timing of reproduction, food availability

July 24, 2019 ・ Joseph Albanese

Climate change may be depriving juvenile fish of their most crucial early food source by throwing off the synchronization of when microscopic plants known as phytoplankton bloom and when fish hatch, according to Princeton University researchers. The long-term effect on…

Xinning Zhang

Zhang receives Simons Early Career Award to study the ocean’s nitrogen producers

May 28, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Xinning Zhang, assistant professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, was among nine scientists nationwide to receive a three-year 2019 Simons Early Career Investigators in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Award from the Simons Foundation. An environmental microbiologist, Zhang’s…

Back-to-back heat waves likely to accelerate with climate change

May 8, 2019 ・ Joseph Albanese

As the planet continues to warm, multi-day heat waves are projected to increase in frequency, length and intensity. The additive effects of these extreme heat events overwhelm emergency service providers and hospital staff with heat-related maladies, disrupt the electrical grid…