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June 2017

Climate change to damage U.S. economy, increase inequality

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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

Unmitigated climate change could make the United States poorer and more unequal, according to a study in the journal Science that includes PEI researchers. The poorest third of counties could sustain economic damage costing as much as 20 percent of their income by the end of the century if warming proceeds unabated. States in the South and lower Midwest, which tend to be poor and hot already, will lose the most, with economic opportunity traveling northward and westward. Colder and richer counties along the northern border and in the Rockies could benefit the most as health, agriculture and energy costs are projected to improve.

Vecchi receives 2017 AGU Ascent Award

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:15pm

Gabriel VecchiGabriel Vecchi, Princeton University professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, was one of four scientists nationwide to receive a

Eleven graduate students join Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 2:15pm

The Princeton Environmental Institute selected 11 new graduate students to join the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) for a two-year fellowship commencing this fall. The new fellows bring the total number of PECS scholars to 20.

Hatching a new hypothesis about egg shape diversity

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:45pm

The research of Mary Caswell Stoddard, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI-affiliated faculty, suggests that the shape of an egg for a bird of a given species may be driven in part by features of a bird’s physiology related to its capability for flight.

Rising sea levels will boost moderate floods in some areas, severe floods in others

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

A new study by researchers at Princeton and Rutgers universities found that sea-level rise will boost the occurrence of moderate flooding in cities along the southeastern coast, while areas that have little history of severe flooding are likely to experience a greater uptick in the number of severe, or even historically unprecedented, floods.

PEI Class Day honors newest graduates of Princeton's environmental studies program

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:30pm

Thirty-one Princeton University seniors emerged from Guyot Hall on June 5 as the latest recipients of certificates in environmental studies from the Princeton Environmental Institute. The certificates and prizes for notable undergraduate research — including three inaugural book prizes — were presented during PEI Class Day.

A passion for nature drives senior Zoe Sims' excellence in environmental studies

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Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:00am

Zoe Sims, who will receive her degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in environmental studies on June 6, has distinguished herself as a scientist and a student during her time at Princeton. She is motivated by a love of the environment and overcoming the challenges of field work. She received the Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Prize at PEI Class Day on June 5 for her study on the effect of groundwater pollution on coral reefs in Bermuda.

Protecting nature, preserving humanity: A Q&A with Robert Pringle

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Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:45am

Robert Pringle, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, advocates in a June 1 perspective piece in the journal Nature for a global effort to upgrade and enlarge protected areas. In this Q&A, Pringle discusses his article, the need to defend and shore up protected areas, and how, if we forsake our remaining wild places, we risk losing the foundations of a healthy planet and the links to other living things that make us human.