How to Get a Handle on Carbon Dioxide Uptake by Plants

How to Get a Handle on Carbon Dioxide Uptake by Plants

Combining two tools would boost understanding of climate change How much carbon dioxide, a pivotal greenhouse gas behind global warming, is absorbed by plants on land? It’s a deceptively complicated question, so a Rutgers-led group of scientists recommends combining two cutting-edge tools to help ...
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Ocean Algae Get “Coup de Grace” from Viruses

Ocean Algae Get “Coup de Grace” from Viruses

Viruses don’t immediately kill algae but live in harmony with them Scientists have long believed that ocean viruses always quickly kill algae, but Rutgers-led research shows they live in harmony with algae and viruses provide a “coup de grace” only when blooms of algae are already stressed and ...
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#EOAS in the News: Bat Ticks Discovered in NJ for the First Time

#EOAS in the News: Bat Ticks Discovered in NJ for the First Time

In this interview with 94.3 The Point, #EOAS faculty member Dina Fonseca and Rutgers Ph.D. student James Occi explain that they have found ticks that prey on bats in New Jersey, specifically in Mercer and Sussex counties. In this interview, Fonseca and Occi explain that people who have had bats ...
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Author Kim Stanley Robinson to Read and Discuss “The Ministry for the Future” October 8

Author Kim Stanley Robinson to Read and Discuss “The Ministry for the Future” October 8

By Carol Peters Discover the insights science fiction can provide about climate change and its impacts when best-selling author Kim Stanley Robinson reads from his new book, followed by a panel discussion featuring Rutgers faculty members Naomi Klein, Robert Kopp, Jorge Marcone, and Cymie Payne. ...
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Land Development in New Jersey Continues to Slow

Land Development in New Jersey Continues to Slow

It’s unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to fight inequality will affect future trends Land development in New Jersey has slowed dramatically since the 2008 Great Recession, but it’s unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to fight societal and housing inequality will affect future ...
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The Rutgers Ecological Preserve: A Living Lab and Welcome Escape

The Rutgers Ecological Preserve: A Living Lab and Welcome Escape

By Carol Peters As 400 acres of contiguous forest right outside of New Brunswick, the Rutgers EcoPreserve provides an ideal respite from suburbia, a living laboratory for Rutgers University, the state, and beyond, and a protected home for a variety of plant and animal species. It’s a cool, airy ...
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NSF News: Research reveals coral spawning features

NSF News: Research reveals coral spawning features

Surprisingly, stony coral sperm and eggs share similar genetic functions By NSF Public Affairs, originally posted on August 25, 2020 During coral mass spawning events, which are in sync with the moon’s cycle, stony coral colonies simultaneously release an underwater cloud of sperm and eggs ...
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Bacteria Can Defuse Dangerous Chemical In Passaic River

Bacteria Can Defuse Dangerous Chemical In Passaic River

Rutgers study suggests pollutant’s toxicity could be decreased. Bacteria that can help defuse highly toxic dioxin in sediments in the Passaic River – a Superfund hazardous waste site – could eventually aid cleanup efforts at other dioxin-contaminated sites around the world, according to Rutgers ...
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#EOAS in the News: July, 2020 Hottest on Record

#EOAS in the News: July, 2020 Hottest on Record

July 2020 was the hottest month in New Jersey in 125 years of record keeping, EOAS faculty member David Robinson, who is also the New Jersey State Climatologist, told the Bergen Record in an article titled “July was the hottest month on record in New Jersey — but you figured that already, ...
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Indigenous People Vital for Understanding Environmental Change

Indigenous People Vital for Understanding Environmental Change

Rutgers-led research shows how local knowledge can help manage ecosystems and wildlife Grassroots knowledge from Indigenous people can help to map and monitor ecological changes and improve scientific studies, according to Rutgers-led research. The study, published in the Journal of Applied, ...
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Decline of Bees, Other Pollinators Threatens U.S. Crop Yields

Decline of Bees, Other Pollinators Threatens U.S. Crop Yields

Largest study of its kind highlights risk to global food security Crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries across the United States are being reduced by a lack of pollinators, according to Rutgers-led research, the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. Most of the world’s crops ...
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Rutgers’ New Global Environmental Change Grants Provide Seed Funding to Seven Projects

Rutgers’ New Global Environmental Change Grants Provide Seed Funding to Seven Projects

By Carol Peters Rutgers’ New Global Environmental Change Grants Provide Seed Funding to Seven Projects    How will the Amazon forest respond to a warmer climate and more frequent droughts? How can the environmental humanities, critical social sciences, law, and planetary observation ...
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Climate change: The South Pole feels the heat

Climate change: The South Pole feels the heat

The extreme South Pole warming is within the range of natural variability, based on climate modeling simulations, but warming caused by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions likely intensified it. By Todd Bates The South Pole has warmed at over three times the global rate since 1989, according to a ...
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Announcing New Environmental Sciences Department Chair: Donna Fennell

Announcing New Environmental Sciences Department Chair: Donna Fennell

Message from SEBS Interim Executive Dean Laura Lawson Dear SEBS/NJAES community,  I am pleased to announce that Dr. Donna Fennell has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences. Donna Fennell has an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from the ...
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Rutgers Moves Toward a Climate Action Plan

Rutgers Moves Toward a Climate Action Plan

Rutgers climate task force tackles solutions; committee to evaluate fossil fuels divestment Rutgers has taken the next step toward developing a climate action plan to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and to enhance the ability of Rutgers and the state of New Jersey to manage the risks of a ...
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#EOAS in the News: COVID-19, Racial Injustice and Climate Change Require a Bold Approach, Not Incrementalism

#EOAS in the News: COVID-19, Racial Injustice and Climate Change Require a Bold Approach, Not Incrementalism

EOAS faculty members Jeanne Herb and Marjorie Kaplan write an op-ed for the Star Ledger in which they argue that now is the time to act on advancing a healthy, resilient, sustainable and fair New Jersey. ...
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How to Tackle Climate Change, Food Security and Land Degradation

How to Tackle Climate Change, Food Security and Land Degradation

A farmer tends rice fields in Yen Bai, Vietnam, where balancing goals for sustainable development and management of ecosystems is challenging. Photo: Pamela McElwee Rutgers University–New Brunswick ...
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Harmful Microbes Found on Sewer Pipe Walls

Harmful Microbes Found on Sewer Pipe Walls

Rutgers study could lead to better disinfection methods and understanding of coronavirus and other risks Can antibiotic-resistant bacteria escape from sewers into waterways and cause a disease outbreak? A new Rutgers study, published in the journal Environmental Science: Water Research & ...
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#EOAS in the News: Science on the Hill: Calculating Climate

#EOAS in the News: Science on the Hill: Calculating Climate

#EOAS Director Robert Kopp spoke with Scientific American about climate models and long-term climate prediction. ...
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Revisiting a Volcano’s Wrath

Revisiting a Volcano’s Wrath

By Craig Winston 40 years ago Mount St. Helens unleashed its fury with devastating results but much has been learned from the eruption since. Four decades have passed, yet Alan Robock and Clifford Mass are still intertwined by a rare geological occurrence: a major volcanic eruption in the United ...
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