Dirty pool: Soil’s large carbon stores could be freed by increased CO2, plant growth (Nature Climate Change)

By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications An increase in human-made carbon dioxide in the atmosphere could initiate a chain reaction between plants and microorganisms that would unsettle one of the largest carbon reservoirs on the planet — soil. Researchers based at Princeton University report in the journal Nature Climate Change that the carbon in soil … Continue reading Dirty pool: Soil’s large carbon stores could be freed by increased CO2, plant growth (Nature Climate Change)

Model anticipates ecological impacts of human responses to climate (Conservation Biology)

By B. Rose Huber, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Throughout history, humans have responded to climate. Take, for example, the Mayans, who, throughout the eighth and 10th centuries, were forced to move away from their major ceremonial centers after a series of multi-year droughts, bringing about agricultural expansion in Mesoamerica, and a … Continue reading Model anticipates ecological impacts of human responses to climate (Conservation Biology)

How will crops fare under climate change? Depends on how you ask (Global Change Biology)

By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications The damage scientists expect climate change to do to crop yields can differ greatly depending on which type of model was used to make those projections, according to research based at Princeton University. The problem is that the most dire scenarios can loom large in the minds of the … Continue reading How will crops fare under climate change? Depends on how you ask (Global Change Biology)

Spring may come earlier to North American forests (Geophysical Research Letters)

By Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research Trees in the continental U.S. could send out new spring leaves up to 17 days earlier in the coming century than they did before global temperatures started to rise, according to a new study by Princeton University researchers. These climate-driven changes could lead to changes in … Continue reading Spring may come earlier to North American forests (Geophysical Research Letters)

Truths we must tell ourselves to manage climate change (Vanderbilt Law Review)

Climate change is unwelcome news, and the best and worst outcomes consistent with current science are very different, says Princeton University's Robert Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, in a new review article published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.  There are novel ways the environmental community, in its role as messenger, could tell the … Continue reading Truths we must tell ourselves to manage climate change (Vanderbilt Law Review)