May 18, 2012
Tiles May Help Shrink Carbon Footprint by Harnessing Pedestrian Power. The kinetic energy from the footsteps of pedestrians is being harnessed by special floor tiles developed by the London based technology startup Pavegen Systems. The tiles are 17.7-by-23.6 inches and are designed to be installed in crowded public areas such as airports, schools, malls, subway stations or anywhere else where pedestrians congregate en masse. The electricity generated from harnessing millions of footfalls is enough to power low-demand appliances such as lighting, signs, digital ads and Wi-Fi zones. Although this type of technology is not entirely new, company founder Laurence Kemball-Cook claims that his design is 200 times more efficient than rival products and capable of being produced on a mass scale so as to reduce costs to an affordable level. It is hoped that the proliferation of such technology can help reduce carbon emissions by helping offset the need for fossil fuel based electricity.
May 19, 2012
CECI Affiliate and Rutgers Assistant Professor of Human Ecology, Dr. Pamela McElwee, gave a presentation entitled “Assessing adaptation pathways in climate vulnerable Vietnam” at the Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences conference in New York City.
CECI Affiliate and Rutgers Assistant Research Professor of Human Ecology, Dr. Melanie McDermott, gave a presentation entitled “Reining in REDD: defending equity by defining it” at the ICARUS III conference on Climate Adaptation and Vulnerability held at Columbia University May 18-20. Dr. McDermott is also the Associate Director of the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society.
May 25, 2012
Poll: Majority of N.J. Residents Call Climate Change a ‘Real Concern,’ Want Government to Take Larger Role. According to a new Kean University/NJ Speaks poll, New Jersey residents overwhelmingly view climate change and global warming as a serious threat and believe that government should play a larger role in protecting the environment. Of those surveyed, 71 percent were concerned about the possible effects of climate change and global warming, while 69 percent of those who expressed concern also believed human activity has contributed to global warming and other environmental problems. Additionally, 66 percent of respondents said government should take a larger role when it comes to protecting the environment.