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Getting U.S. to net-zero emissions by 2050 will take massive, but affordable, coordination

December 15, 2020 ・ Molly A. Seltzer

With a massive, nationwide effort the United States could reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 using existing technology and at costs aligned with historical spending on energy, according to a study led by Princeton researchers. The new “Net-Zero…

Implementing carbon pricing during the pandemic could help countries recover greener, smarter

November 16, 2020 ・ Keely Swan

Countries across the globe have been struggling to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and its accompanying economic slowdown. As economies “build back better,” it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing to tackle climate change, according to…

Large, delayed outbreaks of endemic diseases possible following COVID-19 controls

November 9, 2020

Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many…

Long-term COVID-19 containment will be shaped by strength and duration of natural, vaccine-induced immunity

September 21, 2020

New research suggests that the impact of natural and vaccine-induced immunity will be key factors in shaping the future trajectory of the global coronavirus pandemic, known as COVID-19. In particular, a vaccine capable of eliciting a strong immune response could…

Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic

May 18, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal Science. The researchers found that the vast number of people still vulnerable…

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CMI Best Paper Awards recognize postdoc, graduate student published research

May 5, 2020 ・ Holly Welles

The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) recognized Jane Baldwin, a past postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and Samantha Hartzell, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, at the CMI Annual Meeting for outstanding published research. Baldwin received…

Expansion, environmental impacts of irrigation by 2050 greatly underestimated

May 4, 2020 ・ Joseph Albanese

The amount of farmland around the world that will need to be irrigated in order to feed an estimated global population of 9 billion people by 2050 could be up to several billion acres, far higher than scientists currently project,…

Climate change could make RSV respiratory infection outbreaks less severe, more common

December 16, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

One of the first studies to examine the effect of climate change on diseases such as influenza that are transmitted directly from person to person has found that higher temperatures and increased rainfall could make outbreaks less severe but more…

At the frontline: Princeton Environmental Forum addresses environmental crises of the 21st century

October 31, 2019 ・ Denise Valenti and Tom Garlinghouse

In response to the urgent environmental challenges facing the planet, Princeton faculty and alumni who are actively working to protect the environment gathered for the Princeton Environmental Forum held on campus Oct. 24-25. They came with knowledge, questions and an…