Environment

  • Habits and history determine if conservation succeeds or fails

    Thursday, Dec 27, 2018
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    The ghosts of harvesting past can haunt today's conservation efforts.

    The conservation or overharvesting of a resource such as fish, timber or other wildlife often is determined by past habits and decisions related to that resource, according to a study led by researchers at Rutgers and Princeton universities that examined why conservation succeeds or fails.

  • Houston's urban sprawl increased rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey

    Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
    by Lynn Anderson Davy, University of Iowa, and Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    Houston's urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding experienced during Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, according to Princeton and University of Iowa researchers. The researchers report in the journal Nature Nov. 15 that Houston's risk for extreme flooding during the hurricane — a category 4 storm that caused an estimated $125 billion in damage and killed 68 people — was 21 times greater due to urbanization. 

  • Human activities are dissolving the seafloor

    Monday, Nov 5, 2018
    by Princeton University

    With increasing carbon dioxide from human activities, more acidic water is reaching the deep sea, dissolving some calcite-based sediments, say an international team of researchers.

  • Environmentalist McKibben discusses art’s impact on climate action

    Friday, Oct 26, 2018
    by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications

    Art — painting and photography, in particular — has played an important role in building a romantic narrative of United States history. It also has the potential to inspire people to protect the very wilderness that has been destroyed in the making of the nation, said author and environmentalist Bill McKibben at a lecture Thursday evening in Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.

  • 130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

    Monday, Oct 1, 2018
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen pollution far out in the open ocean?

  • Andlinger Center conference tackles challenges of a changing climate

    Monday, Oct 1, 2018
    by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Hurricane Sandy sent a clear message on climate change, Tammy Snyder Murphy, the first lady of New Jersey, told the audience in her keynote speech at a Princeton climate conference Friday, Sept. 21.

    “We’re not looking at Sandy as just some part of our history, but something that we know will happen again unless we take action,” said Murphy, who plays a key role in the governor’s administration on climate and environmental policy. “We are accepting the challenge that climate change has presented. We are committed to making this state the magnet for innovative solutions.”

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