People have always lived near water. We depended on it not just for drinking water, but also for transportation, food, and waste removal. River flooding brought moisture and nutrients to our farms… Daniel J. Van Abs is currently associate professor of practice for water, society, and environment at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

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Influence of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming is shaped by temperatures in the Pacific Ocean

The crucial role that sea-ice loss plays in rapid Arctic warming is regulated by variable climate patterns taking place in the Pacific Ocean, a pioneering new study has found…Prof Jennifer Francis, a Research Professor at Rutgers University and study co-author added: "One of the most interesting areas of research now is unravelling the ways in which human-caused changes in the climate system are interacting with natural climate fluctuations, such as the PDO and El Niño."

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Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers

Investigating the factors affecting ice melt in Greenland – one of the most rapidly changing places on Earth – is a major priority for climate scientists… They can occur when there’s a change or disturbance in the jet stream, causing the flow of air in the atmosphere to form a kind of eddy, said Jennifer Francis, a research professor and climate expert at Rutgers University.

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N.J. faces a pollen explosion in the coming weeks

Might be time to grab some tissues. And some eye drops. And some over-the-counter allergy pills. If you’re allergic to pollen and you haven’t felt any symptoms yet, you will be feeling them soon, according to Leonard Bielory, an allergist who teaches at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and also at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

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Advocates for improving New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure released their latest plan for fixing it on Wednesday, urging public and private utilities to fix leaks, stop sewage overflows, and prevent flooding during storms — and offering them advice on how to do it…. Dan Van Abs, a Rutgers University professor who sits on the group’s steering committee, said some utilities are already making the necessary changes, and that Jersey Water Works is aiming to facilitate that process.

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