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High end of climate sensitivity in new climate models seen as less plausible

March 3, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

A recent analysis of the latest generation of climate models — known as a CMIP6 — provides a cautionary tale on interpreting climate simulations as scientists develop more sensitive and sophisticated projections of how the Earth will respond to increasing…

Despite sea-level rise risks, migration to some threatened coastal areas may increase

February 17, 2021 ・ Keely Swan

In coming decades as coastal communities around the world are expected to encounter sea-level rise, the general expectation has been that people’s migration toward the coast will slow or reverse in many places. However, new research co-authored by Princeton University scholars…

True toll of coronavirus on sub-Saharan Africa may be obscured by tremendous variability in risk factors and surveillance

February 17, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

One early feature of reporting on the coronavirus pandemic was the perception that sub-Saharan Africa was largely being spared the skyrocketing infection and death rates that were disrupting nations around the world. While still seemingly mild, the true toll of…

‘Safeguarding Amazonia’ Wintersession workshop addressed deforestation and technology

February 12, 2021 ・ Pooja Makhijani

The “Safeguarding Amazonia” workshop was one of the highlights of Princeton University’s first Wintersession. Organized by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Brazil LAB and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), the workshop introduced participants to the…

Adherence to health precautions, not climate, the biggest factor driving wintertime COVID-19 outbreaks

February 9, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Wintertime outbreaks of COVID-19 have been largely driven by whether people adhere to control measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, according to a study published Feb. 8 in Nature Communications by Princeton University researchers. Climate and population immunity…

Princeton researchers at forefront of national plans for technological and social transition to net-zero emissions

February 3, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Scientists and research based at Princeton University played a critical role in a new national report that investigates the technology, policy and societal dimensions of accelerating decarbonization in the United States. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine announced…

Carbon-chomping soil bacteria may pose hidden climate risk

January 27, 2021 ・ Molly Sharlach

Much of the Earth’s carbon is trapped in soil, and scientists have assumed that potential climate-warming compounds would safely stay there for centuries. But Princeton research supported by the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) shows that carbon molecules can potentially…

Allison Carruth joins American studies, High Meadows Environmental Institute faculty

March 9, 2021 ・ Sarah Malone and Morgan Kelly

Allison Carruth, whose collaborative work bridges the arts, humanities and sciences, has joined the Princeton faculty as a professor of American studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) in a new joint appointment that will expand interdisciplinary teaching and…

Data-Driven Model Provides Projections of a 21st Century Urban Climate

January 4, 2021 ・ Lois E. Yoksoulian and B. Rose Huber

Cities occupy about only 3% of the Earth’s total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change. Yet, current global climate models are set up mainly for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly…