Environment

Princeton biologist Bryan Grenfell wins Kyoto Prize
June 22, 2022
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton University’s Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, is one of three recipients of the Kyoto Prize in 2022. He won the basic…

How restoring abandoned farms to natural habitats can mitigate climate change
June 9, 2022
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Written by B. Rose Huber, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

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 orchards as recently as 1940 — before regrowing into the verdant escape seen today.

'Fantastic giant tortoise,' believed extinct, confirmed alive in the Galápagos
June 9, 2022
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

A tortoise from a Galápagos species long believed extinct has been found alive and now confirmed to be a living member of the species. The tortoise, named Fernanda after her Fernandina Island home, is the first of her species identified in more than a century.

The Fernandina Island Galápagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis phantasticus

How fast-growing algae could enhance growth of food crops
May 19, 2022
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Written by Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

Researchers used computer modeling to identify the features that green algae use to enhance carbon usage, providing a blueprint for engineering this approach into crop plants. 

Unchecked global emissions on track to initiate mass extinction of marine life
April 28, 2022
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Written by Liana Wait for the High Meadows Environmental Institute

As greenhouse gas emissions continue to warm the world’s oceans, marine biodiversity could be on track to plummet within the next few centuries to levels not seen since the extinction of the dinosaurs, according to a recent study in the journal Science by Princeton University researchers.

The paper’s authors modeled future marine…

What climate choices should cities make? A Princeton data tool helps planners set priorities.
March 30, 2022
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

To get to net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, what actions should cities prioritize?

A new tool for city planners helps them design a portfolio of actions that encompasses compact development, smart electric mobility, electric heating systems, mass timber construction, urban reforestation, and technologies that allow resources to…

Study reveals how inland and coastal waterways influence climate
March 16, 2022
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Written by The Office of Communications

"Streams to the river, river to the sea." If only it were that simple.

Most global carbon-budgeting efforts assume a linear flow of water from the land to the sea, which ignores the complex interplay between streams, rivers, lakes, groundwater, estuaries, mangroves and more. A study co-led by climate scientist

These plants have 'underground weapons' in ecological competition. Read about the Princeton research.
Feb. 14, 2022
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Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Most of us only think about the easily visible parts of plants — stems, flowers, leaves — but in a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Princeton ecologists Lars Hedin and

Princeton startup aims to fast-track lithium battery recycling
Feb. 10, 2022

Billions of dead lithium-ion batteries, including many from electric vehicles, are accumulating because there is no cost-effective process to revive them. Now Princeton researchers have developed an inexpensive, sustainable way to make new batteries from used ones and have spun off a company to scale up the innovation.

“What we see is…

Princeton scientists identify genes behind tusklessness in African elephants facing poaching pressure
Nov. 1, 2021
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Written by Sharon Adarlo, Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

In regions of Africa wracked by heavy poaching, people have observed an increased incidence of African elephants without their iconic white tusks, which are prized in the multibillion-dollar wildlife black market. But there has been no direct genetic evidence indicating how this was happening, or why this trait was occurring exclusively in…