Could volcanoes help slow global warming?

Volcanic eruptions from Iceland to Alaska may not only be messing with air travel. They could be helping slow global warming. A new study concluded that small volcanic eruptions from 2000 to 2013 may have ejected more of the atmosphere-cooling sulfur dioxide gas into Earth’s upper atmosphere than previously thought, and that they may have made a significant contribution to the slowing of global warming over the past decade and a half…Until now, volcanic eruptions weren’t included in climate projections, since these events are nearly impossible to predict, according to Alan Robock, a climatologist at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., who was not involved in the study.

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Grant funds, green schools in Central Jersey

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County recently announced that, along with their partners Hillsborough Township and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association (SBMWA), it successfully obtained a $175,539 grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to address flooding problems that are associated with the Royce Brook…Patricia Rector, environmental and resource management agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Somerset County, will lead the project. Key partners in this effort are the Hillsborough Township Committee, Sustainable Hillsborough Steering Committee, the Hillsborough Environmental Commission, RCE Water Resources Program, RCE Master Gardener volunteers, and Stoney Brook Millstone Watershed Association staff.

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Bleak outlook for New Jersey horse racing according to Rutgers study

The State’s casino industry must work in partnership with the horse racing industry in New Jersey to enable both industries to remain sustainable according to a research paper released earlier this month by the Rutgers Equine Science Center. The report, written by Karyn Malinowski, a Professor and Director of the Equine Science Center and Paul D. Gottlieb an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, compares racing in New Jersey with that of neighboring states Pennsylvania and New York where alternative gaming revenue supports the horse racing industry.

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Master Gardeners visit Little Sprouts Early Learning Center

A group of Master Gardeners under the leadership of Claudia Kunath recently continued their education program at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center with a presentation about the season of autumn. "Our goal with this presentation was to focus on the season of fall and what happens to trees and seeds," explained Claudia Kunath, the Team Leader for the Master Gardeners for Little Sprouts. The group staged a story complete with puppets and props, and then set up stations for crafts and further examination of seeds and fall foliage.

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The Green Bay Packers’ New Workout Plan

NFL teams are asking the same question as weekend-warrior runners and cyclists: How much should you push yourself just before the big day? The surging Green Bay Packers have a counterintuitive answer. It’s called "Feel-Good Friday," a recent Packers creation in which Friday practice is canceled but deep-tissue massages or other treatments are mandatory…Experts say that nearly all training within a day of a game should be focused on replenishment of glycogen, a carbohydrate storage material. Practicing the day before a game could in fact put a team at a disadvantage, said Shawn Arent, an associate professor in the department of exercise science and sport studies at Rutgers University.

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