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May 2017

In 'The Environmental Nexus,' students explore the many paths to saving the planet

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:00am

In the "Environmental Nexus" course that debuted this semester, undergraduates approach the environmental crisis from four distinct perspectives — science, ethics, politics and economics, and arts and literature. The course's unique structure prepares students to deal with the future effects of the global environmental crisis — particularly climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and food and water shortages — which will likely touch every facet of their lives.

Princeton researchers visit Texas wind farm for a first-hand look at growing energy sector

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Princeton University researchers visited the BP-owned Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Texas on May 3 to understand the technical and financial aspects of wind power and to search for research projects that would be valuable to the industry. Support for the trip was provided by the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

New model helps predict regional and seasonal sea ice extent

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:45am

Scientists including PEI's Gabriel Vecchi have developed a new method to forecast the extent of sea ice in some regions of the Arctic up to 11 months in advance. The method, which incorporates information about ocean temperatures and focuses on regions rather than the entire Arctic Sea, could help in the planning of activities ranging from shipping to oil and gas extraction, fishing and tourism.

‘A Bee, a Tree, What’s In It For Me?’ Class examines environmental policy

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:15pm

Climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer and ecologist David Wilcove, both affiliated with the Princeton Environmental Institute, teamed up to explore a range of environmental concerns through a policy lens in the spring course “The Environment: Science and Policy.”

Nitrogen contained in coral provides evidence of human impact on the open ocean

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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:30am

“Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition is, perhaps, substantially less severe than has been argued,” said PEI affiliated faculty, Daniel Sigman. In other words, the results of this study suggest that atmospheric nitrogen deposition in the open ocean “is not the problem we may need to worry the most about,” he said. 

Zebras, peppers and philosophy: PEI Discovery Day showcases diversity of student research in environmental studies

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

Princeton University seniors and graduate students exhibited the topical diversity of environmental-studies research during the Princeton Environmental Institute's sixth annual Discovery Day on May 10 in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Sixty-six seniors and six graduate students representing 19 academic departments took part in the culminating event for students in the Program in Environmental Studies and students who received field-research support from PEI. We interviewed eight students who provide a snapshot of the research and disciplines featured at Discovery Day 2017.

Baker, 61st U.S. Secretary of State, calls for conservative action on looming climate crisis

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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:30am

James A. Baker III, a 1952 graduate of Princeton, former University trustee, and the 61st U.S. Secretary of State, presented his speech, "A Conservative Approach to Climate Change," to a full audience in Princeton University's McCosh Hall on May 10. Baker, the honoree of PEI's 2017 Taplin Environmental Lecture, has developed a plan with several prominent Republicans to garner conservative support for curbing carbon emissions and curtailing the effects of climate change.

Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars program co-hosts climate conference for local high schools

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:00am

Students and teachers from 24 Princeton-area high schools gathered at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association April 23 for the Student Climate Change Conference, an event designed to delve into some of the details surrounding climate change.

Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter

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Monday, May 8, 2017 - 10:45am

Researchers in the lab of Howard Stone, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and PEI-associated faculty, have reported in the journal Nature Communications a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost water treatment system that eliminates the need for costly and complex filters.

Two Environmental Studies students among 12 international Streicker Fellows

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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00am

First-year student Taylor Machette and sophomore Daniel Qian, both in Princeton University's environmental studies certificate program, are among 12 Princeton undergraduates who will pursue internships and conduct research internationally this summer as Streicker Fellows.

Rethinking The Nature And History Of Conservation

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Monday, May 1, 2017 - 2:15pm

Jacob Dlamini, a Princeton assistant professor of history, uses the ecological history of Africa to discuss the effectiveness and moral considerations of conservation in the Environmental Studies class, "White Hunters, Black Poachers."

Synthetic Gas Would Cut Air Pollution but Worsen Climate Damage in China

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Monday, May 1, 2017 - 8:45am

Severe air pollution has plagued China's industrial regions in recent decades, a situation that has received worldwide attention thanks to photos of Beijing and other smog-blanketed Chinese cities.