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Rigorous, Solution-Oriented Research is Critical for Saving Wildlife – And It’s Not Happening Enough
June 24, 2020
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Written by Keely Swan

As a Ph.D student in Zoology at University of Cambridge, David Williams was working on his doctoral dissertation on the trade-offs between food production, biodiversity, and ecosystems. Pouring through articles by other natural scientists in prestigious science journals, it struck him as odd that so many of the articles failed to address the underlying issues that were causing declines in wildlife around the world.

Q&A with Sierra Club President Ramón Cruz MPA ’02
June 22, 2020

Ramón Cruz MPA ’02 recently was elected as the Sierra Club’s president of the Board of Directors. He is the first Latino president in the organization’s 128-year history.

Naomi Cohen-Shields’ senior thesis explores who benefits as China cleans its air
June 12, 2020

As part of a series exploring the disciplinary variety of 2020 senior thesis research, PEI writes about the work of Princeton student Naomi Cohen-Shields '20 on air pollution in China. Working under the advising of Prof. Denise Mauzerall, Cohen-Shields pursued research to understand whether China's extensive efforts to improve its air quality affected communities differently across regions and socioeconomic levels. 

Study on shorebirds suggests that when conserving species, not all land is equal
June 9, 2020
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Written 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.

Double-whammy weather: Study identifies increased frequency of connected patterns from drought to heavy rain in regional hotspots across the globe
May 14, 2020
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Written 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.

Opinion: Put a Price on Carbon Now!
May 7, 2020
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Written by Peter Singer and Kian Mintz-Woo

Before the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying fall in oil prices, a carbon price would have been immediately painful for the countries that imposed it, but far better for everyone over the longer term. In this unprecedented moment, introducing a carbon price would be beneficial both now and for the future.

Coronavirus shutdowns clear the air, temporarily
May 1, 2020

Prof. Denise Mauzerall speaks with PhysicsToday about the importance of studying air pollution data during the coronavirus lockdown to better understand the sources of pollution.

Elke Weber among Four Princeton Faculty Elected to National Academy of Sciences
April 29, 2020

Prof. Elke Weber was one of four Princeton University faculty recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious organization that recognizes and promotes outstanding science research. Election to membership recognizes the distinguished and continuing contributions individuals are making to original research in their fields.

The COVID-19 Lockdown Can Help Devise Measures to Mitigate Air Pollution
April 4, 2020
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Written by Disha Sharma

COVID-19 has cast a global gloom by causing severe damage to health, the economy and general societal well-being. Temporarily, clean air provides some respite while a major portion of the world population remains indoors, abiding by social distancing norms. In India too, after many years, the blue sky can be spotted in normally hazy regions, as corroborated by satellite images, pollution data, and social media posts. However, the present air quality (AQ) improvement in India dwells in irony. Amidst the devastating COVID-19 crisis, it is neither the time to rejoice clean air nor would one want air quality to improve this way in the future.

What climate change can teach us about fighting the coronavirus
March 13, 2020

The Chicago Tribune shares a New York Times piece on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic that can be applied to how we approach climate change.