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Duke Farms Dialogues: Framing Climate Change, June 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

June 25, 2014. Join the executive director of Duke Farms, Michael Catania, and RCI co-directors Dr. Robin Leichenko and Dr. Anthony Broccoli in a livestream lecture and on-line discussion about climate change adaptability and implications for New Jersey. More information and a link to registration available here.

8th Graduate Climate Conference: A conference for grad students by grad students. Abstracts due June 1, 2014.

Graduate students of all disciplines should consider submitting an abstract

to present at the 8th Graduate Climate Conference this year at the University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center from October 31-November 2, 2014. Lodging and accommodations are covered; travel stipends available. Learn more about the conference and how to submit an abstract here.

Climate Change Resilience and Governance Summit at AAAS

People will respond in many ways as climate change stresses communities, natural systems, and economic systems. Activities to increase resilience will be enabled or impeded by our systems of governance: how collective decisions are made, interpreted, implemented, and challenged--who can do what to whom, and on whose authority. We are hosting a public summit June 5-6 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, to explore these issues. Come join people engaged in finding creative solutions!

Registration required. Information at www.resiliencesummit.org

June 26, 2013 Guilt, Goals, and Mom: Human Behavior and Energy Use.

Social scientists came together at the Garrison Institute to discuss how receptive people are to energy saving techniques. Rutgers Professor and CECI Affiliate, Rachael Shwom, stated that people are more inclined to save energy when prompted by social media which helps the public to set personal goals to achieve energy savings. Professor Shwom examined the subgroup of motherhood, "I became a mom, and I felt really tired." She didn't feel like making the same effort to recycle, for instance, and she started noticing other exhausted mothers on Facebook saying things like, “I’m an environmentalist, but when I have kids all I want to do is move to the suburbs and throw my kids out on the lawn.” Or, “Yeah, I want an SUV so I don’t have to bend down to put my kids in.” But, when comparing mothers and non-mothers groups, she found that there was virtually no difference between the groups though research is ongoing. For more information click here.

June 25, 2013

Weather Extremes Tied to Jet Stream. Over the course of the past few years the jet stream that drives weather systems over the Northern Hemisphere has been acting in increasingly unexpected ways leading to volatile and seemingly paradoxical weather events, according to Rutgers climate scientist and CECI affiliate Jennifer Francis. This past June the town of McGrath, Alaska recorded an all-time high of 94 degrees Fahrenheit when just a few weeks earlier temperatures were as low as 15 degrees which was an all-time low for so late in the year. Francis argues that changing conditions in the arctic are causing the jet stream to slow down and become wavier, dipping further North and South than is typical. The theory is drawing increasing attention from scientists who say it could help explain recent trends of unusual weather which include flooding in Alberta, Canada and early season wildfires in California.

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