Climate change driving fish north, Rutgers research shows

What fishermen have seen for years has now been confirmed- and mapped – by a group of Rutgers researchers, that warmer ocean waters have caused fish to seek their ideal temperatures farther north… Last week, the Rutgers team released data and charts to the public showing more than 60 species and how they migrated over the last 40 years. The average drift northward is 0.7 of a degree latitude, and 15 meters deeper in the water, Pinsky’s work found. "We’re seeing a trend of many species shifting northward and shifting deeper," said Malin Pinsky, a marine biologist leading the Rutgers team. "It is a sea change – and it affects fisheries quite a bit."

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Food industry coalition seeks balanced dietary guidance

A coalition of 18 food organizations, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the American Bakers Association, has formed the "Back to Balance Coalition," which aims to promote balanced, practical and achievable dietary guidance. The coalition on Dec. 9 also released results from an October 2014 survey of 300 registered dietitians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants…"Historically, we’ve seen shifts in dietary recommendations that have led to conflicting messages and confusion," said Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, Ph.D., R.N., a professor of nutrition at Rutgers University. "These recommendations often have little to do with what Americans really eat, nor do they consider what working families could achieve given today’s time and economic pressures."

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Rutgers Research Professor: State Needs to Invest in Infrastructure

The infrastructure that carries water to your tap is aging and in need of repair. Groups including New Jersey Clean Water Council, New Jersey Future and the American Society for Civil Engineers worry utilities aren’t keeping up with necessary maintenance to water infrastructure…Rutgers research professor Dr. Daniel Van Abs told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that New Jersey is not paying the full cost for proper water infrastructure. “Basically what it means that we’re not paying the full cost for our water,” said Van Abs. “We’re paying rates that are lower than what it really requires to maintain our water systems.”

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Rutgers Master Gardeners complete two-year project at Old Broad Street Cemetery

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County completed a two-year project planting 500 Ice Folly daffodils throughout the Old Broad Street Cemetery in Bridgeton. What a glorious display awaits us this spring. In addition, five trees, four shrubs and 30 daylilies were planted. Master Gardener Jane Hankins heads the Broad Street Cemetery Project, and she is presently preparing the paperwork for a grant to plant colorful shrubs throughout this historic cemetery.

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Volcanoes May Be Masking the Severity of Global Warming

Global warming continues to heat up the earth, but volcanoes are keeping us just a little cooler. A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters shows that volcanic eruptions may be part of the reason why the earth isn’t heating up quite as fast as climate models predict…Alan Robock (environmental science professor at Rutgers University), a climate scientist who was not involved in the study but was quoted in the journal’s press release, commended Ridley’s team for using ground and air-based instruments to examine the lower stratosphere in a way that satellite data simply can’t. He said that the new observational methods can potentially help scientists make better climate predictions and create more accurate models in the future.

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