Earth System Science News Archive


Major Deep Carbon Sink Linked to Microbes Found Near Volcano Chains

Major Deep Carbon Sink Linked to Microbes Found Near Volcano Chains

Rutgers and other scientists show how microbes help store millions of tons of carbon dioxide Up to about 19 percent more carbon dioxide than previously believed is removed naturally and stored underground between coastal trenches and inland chains of volcanoes, keeping the greenhouse gas from ...
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Global Warming Hits Sea Creatures Hardest

Global Warming Hits Sea Creatures Hardest

Marine life more sensitive to warming, less able to escape from heat, Rutgers-led study finds Global warming has caused twice as many ocean-dwelling species as land-dwelling species to disappear from their habitats, a unique Rutgers-led study found. The greater vulnerability of sea creatures may ...
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Rutgers Professor Pamela McElwee Named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

Rutgers Professor Pamela McElwee Named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

McElwee is working on an environmental history of the Vietnam War examining how nature shaped military strategy. Pamela McElwee, an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), is working on an environmental history of the ...
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Climate Change Is a Major Concern for Rutgers Senior

Climate Change Is a Major Concern for Rutgers Senior

Honors student Lauren Rodgers loves chemical oceanography and wants to earn a doctorate. Rutgers senior Lauren Rodgers once dreamed of becoming a fiction writer. But then she enrolled in a high school science and math program in her native Columbia, South Carolina, where she read an article that ...
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Apocalypse NowThis, Featuring Vadim Levin, Nominated for a Webby Award

Apocalypse NowThis, Featuring Vadim Levin, Nominated for a Webby Award

The web series seeks to accurately explain various ways the world could end. Public voting for the Webby ends April 18, 2019. In a web series titled Apocalypse NowThis, Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS) faculty member Vadim Levin is featured in a segment on ...
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The Ecological Society of America Names Malin Pinsky a 2019 Fellow

The Ecological Society of America Names Malin Pinsky a 2019 Fellow

Pinsky was selected for his research on the impact of global climate change on fish populations. EOAS faculty member Malin Pinsky, an asssociate professor in the Rutgers Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, has been named an Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of ...
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Medicine and Personal Care Products May Lead to New Pollutants in Waterways

Medicine and Personal Care Products May Lead to New Pollutants in Waterways

Rutgers study shows how bacteria in wastewater plants transform widely used chemicals When you flush the toilet, you probably don’t think about the traces of the medicine and personal care products in your body that are winding up in sewage treatment plants, streams, rivers, lakes, bays and the ...
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Talking About Climate: Build Consensus Through Shared Values and Common Ground

Talking About Climate: Build Consensus Through Shared Values and Common Ground

Can we convince climate deniers that climate change is real, caused by humans, happening now, and we need to find solutions? Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe told a Rutgers audience that we can – by engaging in conversations that are built upon shared values. By Carol Peters “Maybe Ms. ...
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Climate Change Shrinks Many Fisheries Globally, Rutgers-Led Study Finds

Climate Change Shrinks Many Fisheries Globally, Rutgers-Led Study Finds

Researchers find losses as high as 35 percent in some regions Climate change has taken a toll on many of the world’s fisheries, and overfishing has magnified the problem, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Science today. Ocean warming led to an estimated 4.1 percent drop in ...
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Protecting Small Forests Fails to Protect Bird Biodiversity

Protecting Small Forests Fails to Protect Bird Biodiversity

Forests need better management to maintain ecological integrity, Rutgers-led study says Simply protecting small forests will not maintain the diversity of the birds they support over the long run, a Rutgers-led study says. Forests need to be carefully monitored and managed to maintain their ...
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EOAS Director Robert E. Kopp Testifies to U.S. Congressional Committee: “Climate change is real, it is here now, and humans are responsible for it”

EOAS Director Robert E. Kopp Testifies to U.S. Congressional Committee: “Climate change is real, it is here now, and humans are responsible for it”

In his testimony, Kopp said, “To stabilize global climate, we need to bring net global greenhouse gas emissions to zero; the sooner we do this, the smaller the risks – to our economy, infrastructure, health, and national security – that we will have to manage.” Director of EOAS Robert E. Kopp ...
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Rutgers’ List of Campus Plants, Animals, Other Species May be First in World

Rutgers’ List of Campus Plants, Animals, Other Species May be First in World

More than 1,600 species spotted American kestrel. Chinese mantis. Candleflame lichen. The highly diverse list of species spotted at Rutgers University may be unique globally. Indeed, more than 1,600 kinds of animals, insects, plants and other life forms have been reported so far at 24 Rutgers ...
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EOAS Director Robert Kopp Discusses Sea Level Rise with Resources for the Future and Answers the Question: “Are We Doomed?”

EOAS Director Robert Kopp Discusses Sea Level Rise with Resources for the Future and Answers the Question: “Are We Doomed?”

Listen to the host of Resources Radio, a weekly podcast produced by Resources for the Future, interview EOAS Director Robert Kopp. Kopp explains how he became interested in his field, reasons why a warming planet causes sea level rise, and explains sea level rise estimates over time. He also ...
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Climate Scientist Explores Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear War

Climate Scientist Explores Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear War

Alan Robock, a Distinguished Professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has been guided by the idea that scientists can also teach students political values. The Rutgers Climate Institute comprises more than 100 distinguished researchers representing 17 schools and programs ...
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Cymie Payne: Dedicated to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the High Seas

Cymie Payne: Dedicated to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in the High Seas

Payne, an EOAS faculty member, advises the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on efforts to protect the biodiversity of the oceans regions that are beyond national jurisdiction, and chairs an IUCN Specialist Group.  By Walker Perry and Carol Peters  How are the limited, fragile ...
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A New Way to Predict Sea Breezes May Benefit Offshore Wind Farms

A New Way to Predict Sea Breezes May Benefit Offshore Wind Farms

Rutgers-led team uses new technique to make wind a more reliable energy source.  By Todd Bates The proposed, multimillion-dollar offshore wind farms industry may benefit from a Rutgers-led study that used sophisticated forecasting to understand sea breezes and make them a more predictable source ...
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Explore the Poles at the Rutgers Geology Museum’s 51st Annual Open House on 1/26/19

Explore the Poles at the Rutgers Geology Museum’s 51st Annual Open House on 1/26/19

This family friendly event includes presentations, a mineral sale, crafts, activity sessions, and more. Events are free and no pre-registration is required. By Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo, Rutgers Geology Museum Co-Director As the end of January quickly approaches, we can be assured of few things: ...
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Rutgers Scientist Studies Sea-Level Change Dating Back to the Age of the Dinosaurs

Rutgers Scientist Studies Sea-Level Change Dating Back to the Age of the Dinosaurs

Ken Miller is a geologist who studies the strata of rock layers and the microfossils found within them. The Rutgers Climate Institute comprises more than 100 distinguished researchers representing 17 schools and programs in the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities. As observers of ...
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Rutgers Partners with Pioneering Research Outreach Center to Promote Scientific Research

Rutgers Partners with Pioneering Research Outreach Center to Promote Scientific Research

The national initiative will translate scientific research to educate and engage the community. Rutgers recently became a partner in an innovative center – funded with a $5.2 million National Science Foundation grant – to translate the importance of scientific research to the general public. The ...
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Colombia Tropical Forest Fires Spike After 2016 Peace Accords

Colombia Tropical Forest Fires Spike After 2016 Peace Accords

Deforestation increasing in areas once controlled by FARC guerrillas, study says. Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a study in ...
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