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Greater cloud formation over forests suggests replanting may cool the planet more than thought

August 9, 2021 ・ Liana Wait

Planting trees and replenishing forests are among the simplest and most appealing natural climate solutions, but the impact of trees on atmospheric temperature is more complex than meets the eye. One question among scientists is whether reforesting midlatitude locations such…

Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

December 4, 2020 ・ Molly A. Seltzer

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous today, with microplastic particles from disposable goods found in natural environments throughout the globe, including Antarctica. But how those particles move through and accumulate in the environment is poorly understood. Now, a Princeton study has revealed…

Hack Graduate Award recipients explore water issues from groundwater cleanup to carbon-capturing crystals

June 4, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected seven Princeton University graduate students as 2020 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment. The awardees are Francisco Carrillo, Eunah Han, Julie Kim, Aleksander Musiał,…

PEI Urban Grand Challenges awards $509,000 to new urban sustainability projects

January 17, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Vertical farms in post-industrial America, origami-based noise-pollution barriers, and cement made from burned waste make up the latest round of projects funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $509,000, the new awards are active through September…

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

December 12, 2018 ・ Morgan Kelly

Policymakers and researchers have underestimated the effect that changes in land management and people’s diets would have on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and countering the effects of climate change, according to a study led by Princeton University. The researchers report in…

Dean for Research awards emphasize innovation

PEI researchers among recipients of Dean for Research Innovation Funds

April 24, 2018

PEI faculty and associated faculty were among several Princeton faculty to receive 2018 Dean for Research Innovation Funds

Combining science and service: Studying lead contamination in Trenton, N.J.

April 2, 2018 ・ Morgan Kelly

The project “Urban Tap Water and Human Health” funded by PEI’s Urban Grand Challenges program combines science with community service

Pride tops guilt as a motivator for environmental decisions

February 14, 2018 ・ Jon Wallace

Princeton University research suggests that emphasizing the pride people will feel if they make environmentally conscious decisions is a better way to promote eco-friendly behavior than using guilt.

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.