Earth System Science News Archive


Four From Rutgers Named 2022 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellows

Four From Rutgers Named 2022 NOAA Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellows

Four Rutgers graduate students – the highest number from any institution of higher education in the United States – are among 74 finalists selected for the 2022 class of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program. Named ...
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COVID-19’s Socio-Economic Fallout Threatens Global Coffee Industry

COVID-19’s Socio-Economic Fallout Threatens Global Coffee Industry

COVID-19’s socio-economic effects will likely cause another severe production crisis in the coffee industry, according to a Rutgers University-led study. The study, which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, included researchers from the University of, ...
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Shoring Up the Jersey Shore

Shoring Up the Jersey Shore

Coastal communities are increasingly threatened by severe weather. The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience initiative trains Rutgers graduate students to collaborate with local decision-makers and help vulnerable communities prepare for the impact of climate change. In 2012, New Jersey residents ...
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Rutgers University to Participate in The 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity & Social Justice

Rutgers University to Participate in The 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity & Social Justice

Building Resilience Through Co-Production” from Rutgers University with the NJ Climate Change Resource Center and Borough of Atlantic Highlands will be featured May 11th-18th at http://videohall.com/p/2023 Carrie Ferraro, Associate Director of the Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience Initiative ...
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Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise from Antarctic Melting is Possible with Severe Global Warming

Catastrophic Sea-Level Rise from Antarctic Melting is Possible with Severe Global Warming

Antarctic ice sheet is more likely to remain stable if Paris climate agreement is met The Antarctic ice sheet is much less likely to become unstable and cause dramatic sea-level rise in upcoming centuries if the world follows policies that keep global warming below a key 2015 Paris climate ...
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#EOAS In the News: “Weather Nerds of New Jersey”

#EOAS In the News: “Weather Nerds of New Jersey”

The New Yorker Interviews alumnus Joe Martucci and EOAS faculty member David Robinson The Cape May Bubble. The 1899 Blizzard. The altocumulus clouds over the Trump Plaza implosion in Atlantic City in January 2021. Read more about New Jersey weather events and records in a New Yorker article ...
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Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics Launches First Public Database of Scientists in State Politics

Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics Launches First Public Database of Scientists in State Politics

National inventory of scientists, engineers and health care professionals in U.S. state legislatures The Science and Politics Initiative at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics has launched the first publicly accessible national database of elected state legislators with scientific, ...
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Water and Industry: Rutgers Student Screening and Discussion of “Brave Blue World”

Water and Industry: Rutgers Student Screening and Discussion of “Brave Blue World”

By Carol Peters During the April 13 online event, a panel of Rutgers undergraduate students from different academic backgrounds will discuss their visions for solutions to issues surrounding global water and sanitation. “What can we do to help solve the global water crisis in both our personal and ...
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Corals Carefully Organize Proteins to Form Rock-Hard Skeletons

Corals Carefully Organize Proteins to Form Rock-Hard Skeletons

Scientists’ findings suggest corals will withstand climate change Charles Darwin, the British naturalist who championed the theory of evolution, noted that corals form far-reaching structures, largely made of limestone, that surround tropical islands. He didn’t know how they performed this feat. ...
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Overfishing of Atlantic Cod Likely Did Not Cause Genetic Changes

Overfishing of Atlantic Cod Likely Did Not Cause Genetic Changes

Study suggests reducing fishing and addressing environmental changes would help cod recover Overfishing likely did not cause the Atlantic cod, an iconic species, to evolve genetically and mature earlier, according to a study led by Rutgers University and the University of Oslo – the first of its ...
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“Ghost Forests” Expanding Along Northeast U.S. Coast

“Ghost Forests” Expanding Along Northeast U.S. Coast

Higher groundwater levels from sea-level rise and increased flooding are likely the most important factors Why are “ghost forests” filled with dead trees expanding along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coast? Higher groundwater levels linked to sea-level rise and increased flooding from ...
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Microplastic Sizes in Hudson-Raritan Estuary and Coastal Ocean Revealed

Microplastic Sizes in Hudson-Raritan Estuary and Coastal Ocean Revealed

Rutgers research shows stormwater could be important source of plastic pollution Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River. ...
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Juliane Gross Awarded the Antarctic Service Medal

Juliane Gross Awarded the Antarctic Service Medal

Gross received the award in recognition of the service she provides to the United States by conducting cutting-edge research in Antarctica. By Carol Heher Peters The United States of America Secretary of Defense has awarded EOAS faculty member Juliane Gross the Antarctic Service Medal “in ...
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A Conversation with Polar Oceanographer Rebecca Jackson

A Conversation with Polar Oceanographer Rebecca Jackson

This article by John Dos Passos Coggin continues Climate.gov’s series of interviews with current and former fellows in the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program about the nature of their research funded by NOAA and what career and education highlights preceded and followed ...
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A Look at Climate Change and the IPCC as the U.S. Re-enters the Paris Agreement

A Look at Climate Change and the IPCC as the U.S. Re-enters the Paris Agreement

Climate change is one of the most serious global problems today. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, acidification of the ocean, damaging hurricanes, droughts, wildfires and other extreme events have caused devastating human, environmental and economic damage. In response to escalating ...
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Fishes Contribute Roughly 1.65 Billion Tons of Carbon in Feces and Other Matter Annually

Fishes Contribute Roughly 1.65 Billion Tons of Carbon in Feces and Other Matter Annually

Scientists have little understanding of the role fishes play in the global carbon cycle linked to climate change, but a Rutgers-led study found that carbon in feces, respiration and other excretions from fishes – roughly 1.65 billion tons annually – make up about 16 percent of the total ...
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On the Banks of a Pristine Raritan River

On the Banks of a Pristine Raritan River

Rutgers Cooperative Extension faculty member Michele Bakacs is leading an effort to study pathogens in the Raritan River, aiming to ensure the river eventually meets fishable and swimmable standards in New Jersey and becomes a resource that is cherished and celebrated.  By ...
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How Rocks Rusted on Earth and Turned Red

How Rocks Rusted on Earth and Turned Red

Important phenomenon could help assess future climate change How did rocks rust on Earth and turn red? A Rutgers-led study has shed new light on the important phenomenon and will help address questions about the Late Triassic climate more than 200 million years ago, when greenhouse gas levels were ...
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Bacteria and Algae Get Rides in Clouds

Bacteria and Algae Get Rides in Clouds

Microbes could pose health, ecosystem risks when rain brings them to Earth Human health and ecosystems could be affected by microbes including cyanobacteria and algae that hitch rides in clouds and enter soil, lakes, oceans and other environments when it rains, according to a Rutgers co-authored ...
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Deadly White-Nose Syndrome Changed Genes in Surviving Bats

Deadly White-Nose Syndrome Changed Genes in Surviving Bats

Study has big implications for management of bat populations Scientists have found genetic differences between bats killed by white-nose syndrome and bats that survived, suggesting that survivors rapidly evolve to resist the fungal disease, according to a Rutgers-led study with big implications ...
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