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Regrow, not reuse: How restoring abandoned farms can mitigate climate change

May 25, 2022 ・ B. Rose Huber

The Institute Woods near Princeton University’s campus comprises 589 acres of serene walking trails and a wooden footbridge enjoyed by hikers, runners, and birdwatchers. Like many forests in New Jersey, this local landmark was a patchwork of farm fields and…

Frequent extreme events require new governance with the flexibility, resilience of natural systems

September 23, 2021

From the COVID-19 pandemic to devastating wildfires and deadly heatwaves, extreme events are becoming more frequent as a result of human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels and encroachment into natural habitats. An international team that included researchers…

Walbridge Fund 2021 graduate researchers explore environmental topics from carbon capture to the social power of “sacred ecology”

July 15, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) has selected 10 Princeton University graduate students as 2021 recipients of the Walbridge Fund Graduate Award for Environmental Research. The awardees are Maria Curria, Ipsita Dey, Yuki Haba, Shannon Hoffman, Xiaohan Li, Sayumi Miyano, José Montaño…

COVID-19 and climate change: Maddie Pendolino ’21 asked voters what mattered most in a fraught year

June 7, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Maddie Pendolino decided during her sophomore year at Princeton that she wanted to focus her senior thesis research on the 2020 U.S. presidential election. An avid follower of politics who volunteered for the re-election campaign of Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ),…

HMEI-STEP 2021 Fellows

HMEI-STEP Fellows to explore environmental policy, from reforesting farms to virus-based pest control

May 18, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton University graduate students Shashank Anand, Glen Chua, Anna Jacobson and Michael Patrick Schwoerer have been awarded 2021 HMEI-STEP Environmental Policy Graduate Fellowships from the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) to explore emerging topics in environmental policy. They represent the…

Despite sea-level rise risks, migration to some threatened coastal areas may increase

February 17, 2021 ・ Keely Swan

In coming decades as coastal communities around the world are expected to encounter sea-level rise, the general expectation has been that people’s migration toward the coast will slow or reverse in many places. However, new research co-authored by Princeton University scholars…

Data-Driven Model Provides Projections of a 21st Century Urban Climate

January 4, 2021 ・ Lois E. Yoksoulian and B. Rose Huber

Cities occupy about only 3% of the Earth’s total land surface, but they bear the burden of the human-perceived effects of global climate change. Yet, current global climate models are set up mainly for big-picture analysis, leaving urban areas poorly…

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…