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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 25, 2018
Princeton University researchers have proposed a U.S. pipeline network that would capture, transport and store underground up to 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year — an amount equal to removing 6.5 million cars from the road. The authors found that the network infrastructure would only be possible if tax credits passed by Congress in 2018 to encourage investment in carbon capture-and-storage technology are coupled with low-interest government financing.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 19, 2018
Princeton University researchers may have rewritten the history of the Columbia River Flood Basalts, a set of ancient eruptions so voluminous that it could bury the continental United States to a depth of 80 feet. Most geologists believed that the eruptions took almost 2 million years, but graduate student Jennifer Kasbohm — who was supported by a PEI Walbridge Graduate Award — and PEI associated faculty Blair Schoene reported in Science Advances that they may have happened more than twice as fast.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 18, 2018
Bess Ward, Princeton’s William J. Sinclair Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, faced an unusual challenge in the middle of the Spring 2018 semester when she was granted precious research time aboard the research vessel R/V Sally Ride ... at the exact time she had a classroom full of students on campus. Read how she figured out how to teach the class, "Biological Oceanography," from the Pacific Ocean and see photos from her five weeks at sea.
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Posted by Morgan kelly on Sep 12, 2018
Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and possibly lead to vast new cutting of the world's forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. The paper is co-authored by eight scientists from the United States and Europe, including lead author Tim Searchinger, research scholar in Princeton University's Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and a lecturer in the Princeton Environmental Institute.
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Posted by Holly Welles on Sep 11, 2018
By Holly Welles, Princeton Environmental Institute Ten Princeton University graduate students have been selected by the Princeton Environmental Institute as the most recent members of the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS).
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Aug 09, 2018
Princeton researchers have experimentally tested the fracturing behavior of foam for use in hydraulic fracturing, which would use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture is not well understood. The research was supported by PEI's Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Fund and Carbon Mitigation Initiative and led by PEI associated faculty Howard Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jul 25, 2018
A study from the group of Amilcare Porporato, the Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute, suggests that plants and internal combustion engines share striking parallels in adapting to changing environmental conditions. The study suggests that people could more consciously take lessons from nature when designing mechanical systems.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly, PEI on Jun 19, 2018
A Princeton University-led study in the journal Nature Geoscience examined the global carbon cycle and suggests that scientists may have misgauged how carbon is distributed around the world, particularly between the northern and southern hemispheres. The results could change projections of how, when and where the currently massive levels of atmospheric carbon will result in environmental changes such as ocean acidification.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 15, 2018
The Princeton Environmental Institute is accepting faculty proposals for two-year projects of up to $150,000 for the Urban Grand Challenge program through Friday, June 29, 2018. Part of PEI's Grand Challenges program, the Urban Challenge combines the study of natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues that face the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in an era of increasing environmental volatility.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Jun 07, 2018
Six Princeton University juniors have been selected this year to receive research support from the PEI Environmental Scholars Program to support their independent research related to the broad area of environmental studies. Students apply in the fall semester and are selected by a committee to receive up to $15,000 over two years.
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