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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…

Reed Maxwell, Jerry Zee join Princeton Environmental Institute faculty

September 1, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) welcomed Sept. 1 new faculty members Reed Maxwell, professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and Jerry Zee, assistant professor of anthropology and the Princeton Environmental Institute. Their appointments expand the…

Walbridge Fund graduate researchers explore environmental topics, from dwarf forests to rugged bacteria

July 7, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected four Princeton University graduate students as 2020 recipients of the Walbridge Fund Graduate Award for Environmental Research. The awardees are Danielle Chase, Nicolas Choquette-Levy, Zachary Garvin and Julie Tierney. They represent the departments of…

PEI awards new Climate and Energy Challenge projects, from the natural color-scape to the right words for climate change

June 29, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Four new projects funded by the Climate and Energy Grand Challenge program will explore topics such as the environmental impact of turbulence from offshore wind turbines, the effect of climate change on the natural color-scape, the efficient production of jet…

Naomi Cohen-Shields’ senior thesis explores who benefits as China cleans its air

June 12, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

After months of researching and analyzing China’s notorious air pollution for her Princeton senior thesis, Naomi Cohen-Shields stepped off a plane in Beijing in December 2019 to a shockingly clear sky. Her gaze fell across the unencumbered skyline of the…

Amilcare Porporato receives EGU Dalton Medal for fundamental contributions to ecohydrology

November 29, 2019

Amilcare Porporato, the Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), has received the 2020 John Dalton Medal from the European Geosciences Union for his…

Shrinking grains expand understanding of self-healing materials

October 22, 2019 ・ Scott Lyon

Cracks in the desert floor appear random to the untrained eye, even beautifully so, but those patterns of dried clay turn out to be predictable — and useful in designing advanced materials. In a pair of new studies, Princeton University…

PEI awards $1.01 million in Water and the Environment Grand Challenge projects

October 1, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

The ecological impacts of extreme weather, a national “climate park” in the New Jersey Meadowlands, and engineered nanoparticles that target groundwater pollutants are among the 13 projects funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) as part of its Water and…

Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected

September 16, 2019 ・ John Sullivan

A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea revealed far more leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, than currently estimated by the British government, according to a research team led by scientists from…