Environment

  • Water, drought and flooding

    Thursday, Aug 6, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    Princeton’s vital research across the spectrum of environmental issues is today and will continue to be pivotal to solving some of humanity’s toughest problems. Our impact is built on a long, deep, broad legacy of personal commitment, intellectual leadership, perseverance and innovation. This article is part of a series to present the sweep of Princeton’s environmental excellence over the past half-century.

  • Climate modeling at Princeton

    Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Princeton’s vital research across the spectrum of environmental issues is today and will continue to be pivotal to solving some of humanity’s toughest problems. Our impact is built on a long, deep, broad legacy of personal commitment, intellectual leadership, perseverance and innovation. This article is the first in a series to present the sweep of Princeton’s environmental excellence over the past half-century.

  • Emotional well-being while home gardening similar to other popular activities, study finds

    Friday, Jul 10, 2020
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    As civic leaders and urban planners work to make cities more sustainable and livable by investing in outdoor spaces and recreational activities such as biking and walking, Princeton researchers have identified the benefit of an activity largely overlooked by policymakers — home gardening.

  • Study on shorebirds suggests that when conserving species, not all land is equal

    Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Princeton University researchers may have solved a long-standing mystery in conservation that could influence how natural lands are designated for the preservation of endangered species.

    Around the world, the migratory shorebirds that are a conspicuous feature of coastal habitats are losing access to the tidal flats — the areas between dry land and the sea — they rely on for food as they travel and prepare to breed. But a major puzzle has been that species’ populations are plummeting several times faster than the rate at which coastal ecosystems are lost to development.

  • Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic

    Monday, May 18, 2020
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal Science.

    The researchers found that the vast number of people still vulnerable to the strain of coronavirus causing the pandemic — SARS-CoV-2 — and the speed at which the pathogen spreads means that climate conditions are only likely to make a dent in the current rate of infection.

  • Double-whammy weather: Study identifies increased frequency of connected patterns from drought to heavy rain in regional hotspots across the globe

    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    by The Office of Communications

    Like an undulating seesaw, weather in some regions swings from drought to heavy rain under the weight of climate-induced changes, according to an analysis published in Geophysical Research Letters. The study finds a link between droughts followed by heavy rain events, along with an increased rate of these extreme weather occurrences.

  • Expansion, environmental impacts of irrigation by 2050 greatly underestimated

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    The amount of farmland around the world that will need to be irrigated in order to feed an estimated global population of 9 billion people by 2050 could be up to several billion acres, far higher than scientists currently project, according to new research. The result would be a far greater strain on aquifers, as well as the likely expansion of agriculture into natural ecosystems as farmers search for water.

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