Good news about climate change is rare — but a research team led by geosciences scholar Chui Yim “Maggie” Lau has uncovered some less-bad news about the warming of the Arctic: While rising temperatures will release heat-trapping methane gas, they also will improve the effectiveness of bacteria in the soil that can remove methane from the atmosphere.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Johanna A. L. Goldman on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis: "Environmental Factors Influencing Phytoplankton Productivity in the Context of Climate Change."
Plant physiologist Dr. Paul Gauthier is interviewed by WPRB's Brian Kraus on "These Vibes are too Cosmic" (TVR2C), a science and music radio show. Dr. Gauthier is asked what does a plant physiologist do and what is the motivation behind his research? To learn, more listen to the sans-music version of his interview linked to this article.
On Dec. 12, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris ended with the first climate change agreement. We discussed the agreement with two Princeton University researchers who attended the Paris climate talks: Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of STEP; and Denise Mauzerall, professor of CEE and public and international affairs.
Regarding the partial report on climate change due out on Friday, Roger Pielke, an environmental scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder and Michael Oppenheimer, a Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences, both suggest that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) might better spend its time doing more targeted reports, that take on specific defined issues, and release them more often.