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‘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…

Why are big storms bringing so much more rain? Warming, yes, but also winds

October 29, 2019 ・ Molly Sharlach

For three hurricane seasons in a row, storms with record-breaking rainfall have caused catastrophic flooding in the southern United States: Harvey in 2017, Florence in 2018 and Imelda in 2019. A new analysis by Princeton researchers explains why this trend…

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…

Back-to-back heat waves likely to accelerate with climate change

May 8, 2019 ・ Joseph Albanese

As the planet continues to warm, multi-day heat waves are projected to increase in frequency, length and intensity. The additive effects of these extreme heat events overwhelm emergency service providers and hospital staff with heat-related maladies, disrupt the electrical grid…

Jacobson works to understand the climate through volcanoes and monsoons

May 6, 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…

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…

Ocean’s heat cycle shows that atmospheric carbon may be headed elsewhere

June 19, 2018

A Princeton-led study suggests that existing studies may have misgauged how carbon is distributed around the world

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

Swamp microbe has pollution-munching superpower

April 12, 2018 ・ Chris Emery

Princeton researchers discovered bacterium in a New Jersey wetland that has the surprising ability to degrade pollutants without using oxygen.