Environment

  • The 'hidden' life of an ecosystem engineer

    Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    The two years Princeton senior Joe Kawalec spent studying the natural camouflage of the ubiquitous downy woodpecker oddly enough began and ended the same way — tracing the outlines of birds.

  • Research meets the challenge of measuring urban carbon emissions

    Monday, May 17, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    As more people call for action against climate change, more than 500 cities worldwide have established low-carbon and net-zero carbon goals intended to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades.

    But a major challenge to these decarbonization plans is the lack of a consensus on how to measure urban carbon emissions in the first place.

  • Simple atmospheric dynamics foretell dangerously hot future for the tropics

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    Extreme heat is among the most concerning and potentially deadly effects of climate change, especially for the rapidly growing and urbanizing populations living in the tropics. Yet, climate models tend to be unclear when projecting how high temperatures will climb on a regional scale, and often overlook the point at which heat is a risk to human health.

  • The time is now

    Thursday, Apr 8, 2021
    by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

    Princeton University will undergo one of the most extensive building programs in its history over the next decade — adding some 3 million square feet in new construction to house more students, expand research facilities, and replace aging buildings and infrastructure.

  • Is Lake Carnegie showing a climate trend?

    Monday, Mar 29, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    The heavy snowfalls and frigid days of this past winter in New Jersey let Princeton sophomore Grace Liu finally experience the Northeastern winter she’d only imagined growing up in her Florida hometown of palm trees and sandy beaches.

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

    Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021
    by Keely Swan, Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment

    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 shows that migration to the coast could actually accelerate in some places despite sea-level change, contradicting current assumptions.

  • Adherence to health precautions, not climate, the biggest factor driving wintertime COVID-19 outbreaks

    Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute

    Wintertime outbreaks of COVID-19 have been largely driven by whether people adhere to control measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, according to a study published Feb. 8 in Nature Communications by Princeton University researchers. Climate and population immunity are playing smaller roles during the current pandemic phase of the virus, the researchers found.

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