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Water, drought and flooding

August 11, 2020 ・ Molly Sharlach

Princeton’s vital research across the spectrum of environmental issues is today and will continue to be pivotal to solving some of humanity’s toughest problems. Our impact is built on a long, deep, broad legacy of personal commitment, intellectual leadership, perseverance…

Sea-level rise is speeding up, says Princeton climatologist Michael Oppenheimer

January 13, 2020 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

On Sunday, Jan. 12, the Princeton Environmental Institute’s Michael Oppenheimer spoke on CBS’ “60 Minutes ”with reporter John Dickerson about how climate change has exacerbated flooding in Venice, Italy. “Venice is facing an existential threat to the city as it…

Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture

November 6, 2019 ・ B. Rose Kelly

Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground. A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first…

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…

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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…

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Discerning Experts: Michael Oppenheimer on improving environmental policy

February 22, 2019 ・ B. Rose Kelly

Governments around the world rely on scientific assessments to guide environmental policy and action. Yet, these assessments, like those produced by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other organizations, can sometimes exhibit limitations, especially scientific bias and errors…

Environmentalist McKibben discusses art’s impact on climate action

October 26, 2018 ・ Denise Valenti

Art — painting and photography, in particular — has played an important role in building a romantic narrative of United States history. It also has the potential to inspire people to protect the very wilderness that has been destroyed in…

Half a degree more global warming could flood out 5 million more people

March 15, 2018 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

The difference between an increase of 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius in the global temperature could mean the inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people.

By 2100, arid cities will suffer from more severe heat waves than temperate cities

February 15, 2018 ・ Morgan Kelly

In a reversal of current conditions, by 2100, arid cities such as Phoenix will become more susceptible to heatwaves compared to their surrounding rural areas, while cities on the eastern seaboard will actually be less severely affected by heatwaves compared to theirs.