Distinguished Lecture Tour: Sea-level Change: Past, Present, and Future (Video)

Video: Ken Miller: Sea Level Change: Past, Present and Future

Rutgers Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Ken Miller’s 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Tour, sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the AAPG Foundation, June 2015

What Bees Can Teach Us About the Real Value of Protecting Nature

If you ask most experts why we should worry about all those honeybees and wild bees that are famously dying off, they’ll often give a simple answer: because bees pollinate so many of our crops… What’s more, even those wild bees that aren’t pollinating crops at all may still be providing valuable services in the wild- we just haven’t studied those services yet, or slapped a dollar value on it… "If you lost all those pollinators that aren’t pollinating crops, we’d start losing a lot of native plants across Europe and North America," says Rachel Winfree, an ecologist at Rutgers University and a co-author of the Nature Communications study. "If you start losing a lot of plant species, ecosystems can start collapsing. That can have all sorts of very negative effects, even if we can’t estimate it exactly. We’re only at the beginning of this quantification process."

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6 Facts on Soggy, Stormy June in NJ

It’s a prime example of fickle New Jersey weather: First it was quite dry, then Mother Nature turned on her spigots… Indeed, last month was the fourth wettest June on record here (preliminarily), following the third driest May since 1895, according to David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist who is based at Rutgers University… "If we had gotten to the middle of June with continually dry (conditions), it would have been failure for some of the crops and it would have (put the) reservoirs in a hole that only above-average (precipitation) would have remedied," Robinson said. "But there was still that sliver of hope at the end of May that with sufficient rainfall, we’d dodge a significant drought."

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Rutgers award-winning film, Antarctic Edge: 70° South, Heads to iTunes, Netflix and DVD

Antarctic Edge 70 South imageHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a researcher in the Antarctic? Would it be easy or hard for the scientists and the crew? Would you see penguins and icebergs?

Now is your chance to answer these questions and more from the comfort of your home as Antarctic Edge: 70° South, the award winning Rutgers documentary film that captures a thrilling journey to one of the world’s most perilous environment, debuts June 30 on iTunes. It’s also a story of climate change from one of the most remote parts of the world, according to Oscar Schofield, the lead scientist in the film and Rutgers professor of marine and coastal sciences. “It’s a race against time,” he says in the film.

The documentary, which follows a team of world-class scientists as they explore the fastest warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula, debuts later summer on Netflix starting August 1. DVDs will be available from First Run Features. Pre-orders are currently being taken and some of the proceeds will return to Rutgers.

Antarctic Edge: 70° South won Best Documentary at the Princeton Film Festival, best documentary feature at the International Lighthouse Film Festival and won the Science and Technology Film Prize of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic at the International Film Festival EKOTOPFILM – ENVIROFILM 2015.

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June Was Fourth Wettest on Record for New Jersey

New Jersey had 8.2 inches of rainfall this month, which is 4.18 inches above average ranking June as the fourth wettest since 1895, according to Dave Robinson, New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University… "May was the third warmest May on record and June, at a half degree above normal averaging 70.6 degrees, was the thirtieth warmest on record," Robinson said. "So, it was mild in June, but not as abnormally mild as May was."… As of right now, it looks like we are in a weather pattern that likely will not lock the state into a prolonged period of warmth or dry weather.  But, the two warmest months of the year are on the way.

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