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September 2018

Princeton Profiles: Zoe Sims, finding purpose and passion in the natural world

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:30pm

After graduating from Princeton, Zoe Sims '17, who received her degree in EEB with a certificate in ENV, spent a year in service at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya through a Princeton in Africa fellowship. Sims distinguished herself as a scientist and a student while at Princeton – including receiving numerous honors from PEI — and she continues to pursue her passion for the environment.

Funded by new tax credits, U.S. carbon-capture network could double global CO2 headed underground

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:30am

Princeton University researchers have proposed a U.S. pipeline network that would capture, transport and store underground up to 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year — an amount equal to removing 6.5 million cars from the road. The authors found that the network infrastructure would only be possible if tax credits passed by Congress in 2018 to encourage investment in carbon capture-and-storage technology are coupled with low-interest government financing.

From crystals to climate: New ‘gold standard’ timeline connects volcanic eruptions to climate change

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

Princeton University researchers may have rewritten the history of the Columbia River Flood Basalts, a set of ancient eruptions so voluminous that it could bury the continental United States to a depth of 80 feet. Most geologists believed that the eruptions took almost 2 million years, but graduate student Jennifer Kasbohm — who was supported by a PEI Walbridge Graduate Award — and PEI associated faculty Blair Schoene reported in Science Advances that they may have happened more than twice as fast.

Science at sea: Bess Ward teaches and researches from the Pacific Ocean

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:45am
Bess Ward, Princeton’s William J. Sinclair Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, faced an unusual challenge in the middle of the Spring 2018 semester when she was granted precious research time aboard the research vessel R/V Sally Ride ... at the exact time she had a classroom full of students on campus. Read how she figured out how to teach the class, "Biological Oceanography," from the Pacific Ocean and see photos from her five weeks at sea.

Europe's Policy to Treat Wood as Low-Carbon Fuel Poised to Harm Global Forests

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:30am

Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and possibly lead to vast new cutting of the world's forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. The paper is co-authored by eight scientists from the United States and Europe, including lead author Tim Searchinger, research scholar in Princeton University's Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and a lecturer in the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Ten graduate students named PEI Energy and Climate Scholars

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:30pm

By Holly Welles, Princeton Environmental Institute

PECSTen Princeton University graduate students have been selected by the Princeton Environmental Institute as the most recent members of the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS).