Environmental Science

  • Burdine and Weber named AAAS Fellows

    Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Princeton University faculty members Rebecca Burdine and Elke Weber have been named 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished work.

    New fellows will be honored Feb. 16 during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 29 issue of Science.

  • 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. 

  • McPhee receives Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing

    Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018
    by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

    John McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton, was awarded the 2018 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing.

    Created in 2015, the award recognizes writers who use the power of the pen to influence positive change in the world of environmental conservation in support of Audubon’s mission.

  • Innovation key to N.J. climate, economic future, Gov. Murphy tells Andlinger meeting at Princeton

    Friday, Nov 9, 2018
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications; Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Declaring clean energy central to New Jersey’s economic future, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed a gathering at Princeton University this morning and sketched his plan to bring a range of new technologies to the state.

    “We are committed to not just making New Jersey a state that runs on clean energy, but the place where vital research and development, and even the manufacturing of component parts, happens,” Murphy said.

  • 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.

  • Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat per year than previously thought

    Thursday, Nov 1, 2018
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute, and Robert Monroe, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

    For each year during the past quarter century, the world's oceans have absorbed an amount of heat energy that is 150 times the energy humans produce as electricity annually, according to a study led by researchers at Princeton and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego. The strong ocean warming the researchers found suggests that Earth is more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than previously thought.

  • 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.

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