April 15, 2013

EPA: U.S. Greenhouse Gases Drop 1.6% from 2010 to 2011. The Environmental Protection Agency says that greenhouse gas emissions in the United States declined 1.6% from 2010 to 2011, continuing a trend that has seen greenhouse gas emissions fall 6.9% since 2005. The decline is mostly due to power plants switching from burning coal to natural gas which emits less carbon dioxide.

April 18, 2013

Shore Towns Must Prepare for Even Higher Seas. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy many home owners along the Jersey Shore are struggling with issues related to rebuilding their homes. New state and federal standards for rebuilding homes at higher elevations is forcing many homeowners to raise their houses, or otherwise face the prospect of paying substantially higher flood insurance premiums. CECI Director, Professor Anthony Broccoli is quoted "it is important to consider the increasing risks over the lifetime of a house as a result of climate change." Dr. Broccoli also notes, "By the middle of the 21st century it will no longer take a storm the magnitude of Sandy to produce substantial coastal flooding.

April 2, 2013

Outlets Provide Spots for Students to Recharge Cars. Thanks to a partnership between the University and the companies ChargePoint and Ecotality, there are currently solar-powered electric car charging stations operating on Busch, Cook, and Livingston campuses. The charging stations were provided by the companies in order to collect data that could be used to help improve the lifespan and range of electric car batteries. Faculty and students with electric cars are encouraged to use the charging stations.