Environment

  • Study of African animals illuminates links between environment, diet and gut microbiome

    Friday, Nov 8, 2019
    by The Office of Communications

    In recent years, the field of microbiome research has grown rapidly, providing newfound knowledge — and newfound questions — about the microbes that inhabit human and animal bodies. A new study adds to that foundation of knowledge by using DNA analysis to examine the relationship between diet, the environment and the microbiome.

  • Princeton researchers receive $2.5 million to advance the science of urban food sustainability

    Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Princeton University researchers have received a $2.5 million federal grant to lead an interdisciplinary effort with academic, city government and nonprofit partners that will develop a scientific process for establishing urban food systems that are less wasteful and environmentally detrimental. The grant will be administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI).

  • Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture

    Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground.

    A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability.

  • How Princeton plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2046

    Friday, Oct 18, 2019
    by The Office of Communications

    The University’s Sustainability Action Plan — released in April 2019 — outlined seven key action areas and included a target of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2046.

    In this video, Ted Borer, director of the campus energy plant, discusses some of the ways the University is approaching this goal — by reducing energy usage, delivering energy efficiently and using renewable energy sources.

  • A delicate balance: Student films examine needs of humans and wildlife in Kenya

    Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
    by Alexandra Jones for the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

    In the summer of 2019, a group of Princeton undergraduates embarked on a six-week Global Seminar in central Kenya, studying ecology and conservation as well as filmmaking fundamentals with Princeton faculty and other renowned instructors.

    Their classroom was Mpala, 48,000 acres of privately owned conservation lands managed by the University in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service.

  • Study helps pinpoint what makes species vulnerable to environmental change

    Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019
    by Joseph Albanese for the Princeton Environmental Institute

    The fabled use of canaries in coal mines as an early warning of carbon monoxide stemmed from the birds’ extreme sensitivity to toxic conditions compared to humans.

    In that vein, some avian species can indicate environmental distress brought on by overdevelopment, habitat loss and rising global temperatures before an ecosystem has collapsed. Not all bird species, however, respond to environmental disturbances equally.

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