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December 2018

Speakers for Spring 2019 Environmental Humanities Colloquium announced

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Friday, December 28, 2018 - 3:45pm

Speakers for the Princeton Environmental Humanities Colloquium sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) have been announced for Spring 2019.

Habits and history determine if conservation succeeds or fails

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Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:15am

Researchers at Rutgers and Princeton universities found that conservation succeeds or fails based on past habits and decisions related to that resource. Patterns of overexploitation can be broken, however, by quickly implemented harvest-reduction campaigns that have spurred long-term conservation practices.

Hummingbirds dive to dazzle females in a highly synchronized display

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 12:45pm

Princeton researchers created audio and video recordings to investigate how male broad-tailed hummingbirds combine speed, sound and color in their courtship displays. Their work appears in the Dec. 18 issue of the journal Nature Communications and was supported by the PEI Climate and Energy Grand Challenges program.

Journalist Naomi Klein foresees tough choices ahead in a changing climate

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Journalist and author Naomi Klein sat down with writer and environmentalist Ashley Dawson, a professor of English at the City University of New York and the 2017 PEI Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities, Dec. 11 to explore themes around her bestselling book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate." Hosted by PEI and the Princeton University Art Museum, the event was the third installment in the Art+Environment event series organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Nature's Nation: American Art and the Environment" on display through Jan. 6.

Governments, researchers underestimate impact of inefficient land-use on climate change

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

Policymakers and researchers have underestimated how changes in land management and people's diets could limit greenhouse gas emissions and counter the effects of climate change, according to a Nature study led by Princeton University. The paper provides a "carbon benefits index" for calculating whether a specific change in how land is used would help or harm efforts to combat climate change.

Conference examines impact of climate change on Indigenous communities

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 8:30am

The International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change, held Dec. 6 and 7 at the Princeton Public Library and Princeton University, brought together scholars and journalists to explore the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities throughout the Americas and Russia. The conference was sponsored by the Humanities Council, the Program in Journalism and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Photo exhibition explores 25 years of Princeton environmental education, research

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:00pm

The crucial work that Princeton faculty and students carry out to better understand and preserve our planet is the centerpiece of an exhibition at the Frist Campus Center that celebrates environmental research and education at the University. On display through 2019, the installation was organized by the Princeton Environmental Institute in anticipation of the 25th anniversary of its founding, which will be celebrated this year.

'Nature's Nation' faculty panel explores confluence of environmental science and art

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 3:30pm

Four Princeton faculty members came together for a Nov. 30 panel discussion in which they talked about environmental topics and issues against the backdrop of selected works from the exhibition "Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment" at the Princeton University Art Museum through Jan. 6. The event was hosted by PEI and the art museum.