2015-2016 Academic Year

News In October 2015

Greenland Is Melting Away. Read this New York Times special report on measuring Greeland ice shelt melt featuring Rutgers' Associate Professor of Geography and RCI Affiliate Asa Rennermalm.

The year 2015 is most likely to be the hottest year ever recorded. Read more in this New York Times Article   and the science behind this from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Check out RCI affiliate Robert Kopp’s talk at The New York Times Conference: Food for Tomorrow where he discusses the impacts of a changing climate and implications for food production.

RCI affiliate Heidi Hausermann received a Fulbright Scholar Grant for her research in Ghana. Hausermann is documenting changes in the local fishing community. Read more about her research and experience.

The United States Department of Energy has awarded a $12million grant to establish a new research center led by Rutgers professor Gabriel Kotliar to accelerate the development of materials that improve energy efficiency and boost energy production while reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Read more in this Rutgers Today article.

The National Academies Press has released Enhancing Participation in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The USGRP is a collection of 13 Federal entities charged by law to assist the United States and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change. This report provides rationale for evaluating current program membership and identifying potential new agencies and departments as well as recommendations for adjustments to the methods and procedures that will allow the program to better meet its stated goals. To download this report, click here.

The EPA releases new ozone standards for limiting smog-causing emissions, read more in this New York Times article.

The United States Geological Survey has released a new study on how many island atolls may be uninhabitable within decades due to climate change, read more about the study here.

Assessing the Final Clean Power Plan has been released by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Rhodium Group. This report is intended to help the public and scientists alike to understand the final version of the EPA Clean Power Plan. Click here to read the report.

The National Academies Press has released Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles. To buy the book or download the free PDF, click here.

RCI affiliate Jennifer Francis is quoted in this Washington Post article about the historic South Carolina floods and what it can and cannot tell us about climate change.

The National Academies Press has released A Community-Based Flood Insurance Option which identifies a range of key issues and questions that would merit consideration and further analysis as part of such a program. To order the paperback or download the pdf version of this book, click here.

RCI affiliate Alan Robock is mentioned in this news story about consequences of solar geo-engineering in this thestar.com.

U.S News & World Report reported on the most and least energy efficient states, New Jersey falls into the category “Least Energy Efficient and Most Energy Expensive” with neighboring New York being the most energy efficient state. Click here to read more.