Rutgers Cooperative Extension Food Waste Team Partners with Ohio State in Consumer Food Waste Education Project

Abi Cohen2024

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Food Waste Team is partnering with The Ohio State University, which was awarded a $2.5 million Pilot Consumer Education Campaign on Food Loss and Waste grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. RCE’s Food Waste Team has a strong record of success in implementing food waste education and reduction initiatives and joins Ohio State on …

NSF’s Discovery Files Podcast – Mysterious Return of Atlantic Surfclams – Has been released!

Abi Cohen2024

NSF’s Discovery Files podcast releases a new podcast episode centering around Atlantic surf clams and their disappearance off the coast of Virginia. Join RCEI affiliate Daphne Munroe as she delves into this mystery and discusses the unexpected resurgence of these clams as well as their ability to adapt to ever changing conditions.  Listen to the full podcast here or here. 

USDA and Rutgers Announce Distance Learning Grant for Food and Agricultural Education

Abi Cohen2024

Rutgers received a $232K USDA grant for distance learning focused around food and agriculture. Photo credit: Derek Vanhorn, USDA. On April 26, USDA and Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural experiment Station (NJAES) leadership announced a $232,378 Distance Learning grant at the university’s Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health (IFNH) in New Brunswick. Rural Development State Director Jane Asselta was joined by NJAES Executive Director Laura …

International Court Issues Unanimous Advisory Ruling on Case Involving Climate Change Obligations of Nation States

Abi Cohen2024

On May 21, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) delivered its Advisory Opinion on the request submitted to the Tribunal by the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law. ITLOS is an independent judicial body established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This particular ruling relates to the …

Clip from New Jersey Spotlight News special edition, "Shrinking Shoreline" from May 27, 2024

RCEI Affiliates Bob Kopp and Ken Miller Featured on NJ Spotlight News special edition — ‘Shrinking Shoreline’

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Congratulations to our wonderful scientists and RCEI affiliates, Bob Kopp and Ken Miller, for conveying complex concepts about climate change so succinctly in this special report, “Shrinking Shoreline,” by PBS New Jersey Spotlight News. Reporter Melissa Rose Cooper interviews Ken at approximately minute 11:28 and Bob at minute 12:49. It’s a compelling report and, thanks to Bob and Ken and …

Rutgers professor Jorge Marcone in the Amazon

A Rutgers Professor Brings Humanities to the Movement for Environmental Justice

Abi Cohen2024

Professor Jorge Marcone introduces his students to the little-known figures on the front lines of global environmental conflict: Rainforest dwellers in Peru fighting to protect their land from industry. Indigenous and white families in Canada standing up to Big Oil. Women across five countries taking the lead to protect the environment. At first glance, his course at Rutgers University-New Brunswick—”Our …

Three Rutgers Professors Named Guggenheim Fellows

Abi Cohen2024

A climate scientist, a playwright and an artist have been named Guggenheim fellows for their work in fields of creative arts and environmental sciences. The three professors from Rutgers University-New Brunswick were among 188 fellows selected this year from a pool of 3,000 across 52 disciplines, according to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which made the announcement. They went through “a …

How Rare Are Tornadoes in New Jersey? A Look at Their History and Severity in the State

Abi Cohen2024

Despite recent severe weather in the Midwest, tornadoes in New Jersey are a rare occurrence. RCEI Affiliate, David Robinson, highlights that New Jersey averages about two tornadoes annually, with most being weak and causing minimal damage. “The fact is that most tornadoes in New Jersey are small, they’re not on the ground for all that long,” Robinson said. “But they …

Effects of sea-level rise on the environment will be an important topic investigated by researchers at the new Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute. “Ghost trees,” a signal of climate change, near the Rutgers Cape Shore Laboratory in Middle Township, N.J., are among many groves along the Northeast U.S. coast being killed by saltwater encroachment. Matthew Drews/Rutgers Climate and Energy Institute

Climate Science Is Sound. Satellite Timelapse Doesn’t Disprove Sea Level Rise

Abi Cohen2024

A recent viral instagram post shows a timelapse of satellite images of urban development near the coast in Tulum, Mexico, from 1984 to 2022. While the position of the coastline appears to waver a bit, it does not obviously move inland. The caption preceded to imply that climate change is a hoax. Experts replied to this post explaining that a …