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October 2017

Call for Proposals: PEI Climate and Energy Grand Challenge

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:45pm

PEI is accepting faculty proposals for two-year projects of up to $150,000 for the Climate and Energy Grand Challenge through Jan. 12, 2018. Part of PEI's Grand Challenges program, the Climate and Energy Challenge confronts climate change and other environmental impacts of the energy system with projects that address the management of fossil-fuel carbon, the expansion of non-fossil energy sources and the reduction of energy demand through technology and social change.

Are the Grandkids Worth It? Climate Change Policy Depends on How We Value Human Population

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:45pm

Protecting future generations from environmental destruction depends on how society values human population. Looking at two ethical approaches, a research team finds a smaller population could save tens of billions of dollars or more annually on climate change prevention policies, especially in wealthier countries.

Undergrads, grads present work at NYC Student Conference on Conservation Science

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:00pm

Seven Princeton University undergraduates and three graduate students presented their research at the 2017 Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City Oct. 11-13. The conference was co-sponsored by Princeton and organized by the museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

Drones, Thorns and New Orleans: PEI's Summer of Learning Symposium features breadth of undergrad research

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Drones in Africa, algal biofuel and the necessity of thorns. These topics and more constituted the varied research projects of 88 Princeton University undergraduates who presented the results of their summer-long internships during the Princeton Environmental Institute's 2017 Summer of Learning Symposium Oct. 6 at the Campus Club.

Room for Growth: Princeton's Vertical Farming Project harvests knowledge for a budding industry

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am

Princeton researchers and students launched the Princeton Vertical Farming Project in April as an open-source model for optimizing vertical farming, which involves growing produce indoors on stacked shelves. Increasingly popular and touted for its limited use of land, chemicals and water, vertical farming suffers from a lack of up-to-date and publicly available data that those involved in the Princeton project hope to provide.

Air pollution choking China's solar-energy potential

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Monday, October 23, 2017 - 3:15pm

China is rapidly expanding its solar-power supply in an attempt to meet 10 percent of the nation’s electricity needs with solar energy by 2030. But severe air pollution is blocking light from the sun, significantly reducing China’s output of solar energy, according to Princeton University led by PECS fellow Xiaoyuan (Charles) Li and PEI associated faculty member Denise Mauzerall, professor of environmental engineering and international affairs.

Summer of Learning 2017

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Monday, October 23, 2017 - 2:15pm

How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 3:30pm

The North American monsoon that brings summer rains to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico is facing a dramatic reduction, according to researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The researchers — who included Gabriel Vecchi of the Princeton Environmental Institute — used a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea-surface temperature biases.