Environment

How Princeton plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2046
Oct. 18, 2019
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Written 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…

A delicate balance: Student films examine needs of humans and wildlife in Kenya
Oct. 17, 2019
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Written 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,…

Study helps pinpoint what makes species vulnerable to environmental change
Oct. 16, 2019
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Written 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…

PEI awards $1.01 million in Water and the Environment Grand Challenge projects
Oct. 2, 2019
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Written by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

The ecological impacts of extreme weather, a national “climate park” in the New Jersey Meadowlands, and engineered nanoparticles that target groundwater pollutants are among the 13 projects funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) as part of its

Microbe chews through PFAS and other tough contaminants
Sept. 20, 2019
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Written by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

In a series of lab tests, a relatively common soil bacterium has demonstrated its ability to break down the difficult-to-remove class of pollutants called PFAS, researchers at Princeton University said.

The bacterium, Acidimicrobium bacterium A6, removed 60% of PFAS —…

Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say Princeton experts
Sept. 19, 2019
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Written by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

In independent studies, two Princeton University research teams recently identified surprisingly large sources of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, being leaked into the atmosphere. Pound for pound, methane causes a far greater warming effect in the atmosphere than does carbon dioxide — 86-fold more heating over 20 years, and 35-fold more…

Motivated to decarbonize energy systems: Jenkins speaks out on energy transitions
Sept. 17, 2019
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Written by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

For newly appointed Princeton faculty member Jesse Jenkins, producing relevant, high-impact research about how to transform our energy systems requires an unexpected tool: Twitter.

With nearly 24,000 followers on the platform, Jenkins engages with leading thinkers and…

Princeton collaborators bring layered approach to coastal resiliency in New York City
Sept. 16, 2019
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Written by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

As a microcosm of the challenges facing coastal cities around the world, New York’s Jamaica Bay pretty much has it all.

Home to about 3 million people, one of the world's busiest airports and sensitive coastal ecosystems, Jamaica Bay is a lagoon bordered by Brooklyn and Queens at the southwestern edge of Long Island. This region is…

New ‘All for Earth’ podcast addresses environmental issues, solutions
Sept. 12, 2019
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Written by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

The new Princeton University podcast “All for Earth” delves into the urgency of today’s environmental crises — as well as the effectiveness of the tools we already have to mitigate them — through in-depth interviews with the people leading the race against time to prevent the implosion of the…

‘She Roars’ talks with host of Princeton’s new environmental podcast
Sept. 6, 2019
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Written by Princeton University

The latest episode of the “She Roars” podcast features Catherine Riihimaki, host of “All for Earth,” discussing the themes and surprises of Princeton’s new environmental podcast.  

Launching today, “All for Earth” is about the broad…