News in July 2014
Long–term effects of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey residents
RCI Affiliate Professor Patricia Findley is co-directing a study about the potential long-term effects of Sandy on the health, well-being, and recovery of New Jersey residents exposed to the storm. Read about her work here.
Health versus climate change: framing the conversation
A recent study by co-authored by RCI Affiliate Professor Jaime Madrigano, findsthat people identifying as political conservatives think public health is a more compelling reason for supporting fossil fuel reduction, while those identifying as liberals find discussion around climate change to be more convincing than public health reasons for supporting fossil fuel reduction. Read the original study here and an article about the study here.
RCI Affiliates symposium selected as a part of Rutgers' First 100 Days Initiatives
Congratulations to Professor Steven R. Brechin, School of Arts and Sciences, RCI Co-Director Professor Robin Leichenko, School of Arts and Sciences, and RCI Affiliates Professor Thomas Rudel, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Environmental Sciences, and Professor Karen O'Neill, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences for the selection of their symposium 'Global Climate Change and Inequality: Local to Global Perspectives' for the 2014-2015 academic symposia. Their symposium will explore global climate change and related socio-environmental disasters.
Rutgers chemists develop new catalyst that produces Clean-Burning Hydrogen Fuel
This technology could reduce major cost barriers to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel, which could someday replace high priced and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. Read more about it here.
RU experts and affiliates talk about sea level rise
RCI Affiliates Professor Ken Miller (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and Lisa Auermuller (Watershed Coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau Estuarine Research Reserve), and Christopher Obropta (Associate Professor, Rutgers Department of Environmental Sciences) participated in a forum organized by the Margate City Green Team to discuss topics critical to the future of New Jersey shore communities, including sea level rise. Read about it here.
New Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability at Rutgers expected for Spring 2015
A new 21-credit undergraduate minor in Sustainability will be available for students starting in the Spring of 2015, although students may start taking courses in the minor right away by looking for courses with code 962 in webreg. Click pdf here to read more about the minor and click here to see an example curriculum.
First recipients of Gallagher Family Fellowship for Rutgers students in climate change preparedness
Dr. James J. Gallagher, of Pompton Plains, New Jersey has established a new fellowship to allow graduate students from Rutgers University interested in climate change preparedness measures to undertake projects to help advance the mission and objectives of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance. The first recipients are Alison McKenna, a candidate in the Bloustein School’s Master of City and Regional Planning program and Sarah Watson, a candidate in the Bloustein School’s dual Master of Public Policy/Master of City and Regional Planning program. Read more about the Gallagher Family Fellowship here.
Researching Climate Change Impacts to Antarctic Krill
How will krill adapt to climate change? According to research done by Rutgers' Dr. Grace Saba, lower pH in ocean water causes krill to eat and excrete at higher rates. In 2015, Dr. Saba and her team will test the upper limits to the krill's tolerance to acidic waters. Read about her research here. Dr. Saba also co-authored an article in Nature Communications about the polar food web and Antarctic climate change with RCI Affiliate Professor Oscar Schofield. Read about it here.
Rutgers Climate Institute Bulletin
The first-ever Rutgers Climate Institute Bulletin was released in June.The bulletin spotlights climate-related news, events, and the research of our faculty and students. Find it here.