News / Highlights

2019-2020 Academic Year

News and Highlights in January 2020

Rutgers is leading a $1.5 million project funded by NOAA to monitor ocean acidification on the shelf of the northeastern US, where RCI affiliate Grace Saba is the lead principal investigator. The project will include the deployment of underwater gliders equipped with pH sensors to understand how ocean chemistry varies on seasonal timescales. 

Grace Saba pictured with a Rutgers glider.


Rutgers University hosted a discussion on international research in sustainability and climate change on December 20th, where RCI affiliates Paul Falkowski, Josh Kohut, Joseph Brodie, Robert Kopp, Cymie Payne, and Kevin Lyons gave presentations and participated in panel discussions. RCI associate director Marjorie Kaplan moderated panel discussions and RCI co-director Robin Leichenko gave a presentation on incorporating equity into climate change adaptation. 

 From left to right: Robin Leichenko, Cymie Payne, Paul Falkowski, Joseph Brodie, Robert Kopp, Josh Kohut.


RCI affiliate Pamela McElwee will be testifying in a hearing titled ‘The State of Climate Science’ in front of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on January 15th at 10 AM. McElwee will be discussing a special IPCC report published in 2018 that she was the lead author for, Climate Change and Land


RCI co-director Robin Leichenko has been appointed to the leadership team for the 4th New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC4). The panel is a diverse and distinguished group of academics and practitioners who will lead the development of the NPCC4 to analyze risks to New York City.
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A new study published in Climatic Change finds that oil companies target their promotional efforts to influence policymakers by spending the most money on advertising when they face negative media coverage or increased threat of federal regulation. RCI affiliate Melissa Aronczyk was a co-author of the study, which found that spending levels rise and fall in relation to moments where climate legislation is being considered.


The National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine has released Deployment of Deep Decarbonization Technologies to identify challenges and opportunities for deploying carbonization technologies. The report summarizes presentations from a July 2019 workshop.