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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…

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…

Climate change could mean fewer sunny days for hot regions banking on solar power

October 7, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

While solar power is a leading form of renewable energy, new research suggests that changes to regional climates brought on by global warming could make areas currently considered ideal for solar power production less viable in the future. Princeton-based researchers…

Princeton senior Redding explores the brightening future of solar power in the Philippines

June 9, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Each year, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) supports senior-thesis research by students from departments across the University. This story is part of a series exploring the disciplinary variety of PEI-funded undergraduate research carried out by members of the Class of…

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

September 25, 2018 ・ Morgan Kelly

With the right public infrastructure investment, the United States could as much as double the amount of carbon dioxide emissions currently captured and stored worldwide within the next six years, according to an analysis by Princeton University researchers. The authors propose…

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Foam could offer greener option for petroleum drillers

August 9, 2018 ・ John Sullivan

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses large amounts of fresh water while producing corresponding amounts of wastewater. Water-based foams, which use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, could provide an alternative, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture is not…

Photosynthesis and engines evolved in remarkably similar ways

July 25, 2018 ・ Adam Hadhazy

A plant: natural, grown, leafy. An internal combustion engine: artificial, machined, metallic. At first blush, these two objects couldn’t appear less alike. Yet, according to a Princeton University study published June 29 in the journal PLoS ONE, the two complex…

Freshman seminar asks students to envision their future in a changing climate

December 11, 2017 ・ Morgan Kelly

In a freshman seminar taught by Rob Socolow, students are being asked to envision their future in a changing climate. As part of the course, the first-year students are preparing essays and personal reflections that will be stored in Mudd Library until they are opened at their 10th, 25th and 50th reunions.

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

October 30, 2017

PEI’s internship program’s projects focused on global environmental challenges in the areas of policy and resilience, biodiversity and conservation, alternative energy, climate and oceans, and water, soil and human health.