Restoring the Manalapan Brook Watershed: An Introduction

This video is the first in a series describing the restoration efforts within the Manalapan Brook watershed. The Manalapan Brook is part of the Raritan River Basin in central New Jersey. This introduction begins with a description of urban watershed problems throughout New Jersey such as polluted stormwater runoff, urbanization, and flooding. It provides examples of how local partners are trying to overcome these problems within Manalapan Brook watershed. Solutions such as naturalizing detention basins, shoreline restoration and floating wetland islands are presented.

Developed for New Jersey municipalities, residents and schools, the video was funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and project partners are Freehold Soil Conservation District, Monroe Township, Township of Manalapan, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, Princeton Hydro, Middlesex County Parks and Recreation and Middlesex County Office of Planning.

The heat is on; NOAA, NASA says 2014 warmest year on record

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping… "The globe is warmer now than it has been in the last 100 years and more likely in at least 5,000 years," said climate scientist Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University, who wasn’t part of either research team. "Any wisps of doubt that human activities are at fault are now gone with the wind."

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NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2014 as hottest year on record

The heat is on like never before. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Friday that 2014 was the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880. "The globe is warmer now than it has been in the last 100 years and more likely in at least 5,000 years," said Rutgers University climate scientist Jennifer Francis. It’s the third time in a decade that the Earth’s temperature has broken previous records, a trend scientists predict will continue as the planet warms.

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Last Call: Tackling Terrorism, a Social Security Fight, Taxes and the GOP

In another sign the planet’s in trouble, NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last year was the planet’s warmest since record-keeping began in 1880, and last month scientists recorded the highest average December temperatures — ever. Obama’s made climate change a centerpiece of his second term, but the GOP majority in Congress is packed with climate change skeptics in key places… "Anyone that has ever kept a fish tank knows that if you crank up your aquarium heater and dump acid into the water, your fish are in trouble. This is what climate change is doing now to the oceans," study co-author Malin Pinsky, an ecologist at Rutgers University, said in a statement.

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Industrialized Ocean Could Devastate Marine Life

Will ocean wildlife soon face the same pressure that led to the extinction of many land animals when the world industrialized? A group of scientists fears the answer may be yes, writing in a paper just published in the journal Science… "Shrimp farms are eating up mangroves with an appetite akin to that of terrestrial farming, which consumed native prairies and forest," said co-author Steve Palumbi, of Stanford University… Rutgers University ecologist and co-author Malin Pinsky added that climate change was also a concern going forward.

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