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Wind turbines in Texas, now up and running, are part of a plan the will enable the University to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, offsetting 100% of campus electricity use with renewable energy sources.
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Senior Elise Dadourian knows that our planet has a looming problem: With 10 billion mouths to feed forecasted by 2050 and a food system already made unstable by socioeconomic factors and a changing climate, food waste is a topic that everyone should be concerned about.
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In his new book, Rivers of Power, geographer Laurence C. Smith explores a sweeping natural history of the world's rivers and their ancient, complex relationship with human civilization.

Join us for a virtual book launch of Rivers of Power, to take place on YouTube on April 21, 2020 at 12:00pm (EDT).
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Assistant Provost for Sustainability, and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Environment and Society Stephen Porder has been named Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair for the Fall 2020 semester.
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President Christina H. Paxson wrote to the campus community on March 4 with an update on Brown’s efforts to confront climate change through net-zero GHG initiatives, halting investments in fossil fuel extraction in the University’s endowment and other efforts.
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Meredith Hastings appointed deputy director of IBES

Meredith K. Hastings, Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences & Environment and Society, has agreed to serve as deputy director of IBES, effective July 1, 2020.
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Dov Sax appointed interim director of IBES

Dov F. Sax, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Environment and Society, has agreed to serve as interim director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), effective July 1, 2020.
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Attorney Kate Adams '86 has an impressive resume. Among other roles, she has been law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, trial attorney for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, partner at Sidley Austin LLP in New York, and senior vice president and general counsel of Honeywell, Inc.
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Introducing: Daniel Ibarra

Climate scientist and geochemist Daniel Enrique Ibarra knows just how vital water is to both natural and social ecosystems.
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Five thousand years ago, China was a very different place: a landscape of forests, grasslands and wetlands that were home to a diverse body of wildlife. It is now home to so many people that it is difficult to imagine the rhinos, elephants, and alligators that once lived there.
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Introducing: Rachel Wetts

Climate change is widely considered one of the most alarming and urgent concerns of our time, but the United States has been slow to take meaningful action to address it.
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Introducing: Laurence C. Smith

Thanks to its outsized effect on high latitudes, climate change is already causing substantial alterations in the Arctic physical environment.
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PhD student Ethan Kyzivat awarded NASA fellowship

IBES graduate affiliate Ethan Kyzivat has been awarded a Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship for his work mapping small bodies of water and investigating their impact on methane emissions.
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Introducing: Myles Lennon

Myles Lennon, a former Brown undergraduate, returns to campus this fall—this time, as an IBES fellow and Dean's Assistant Professor of Environment and Society and Anthropology.
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On the wall above Tyler Kartzinel's desk hangs a picture of a giraffe, hand-drawn for him in black and white by former undergraduate mentee Julianna Hsing, now a graduate student at Stanford University. But there is more to the illustration than meets the eye.
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Five thousand miles northwest of College Hill, a series of Alaskan lakes have attracted the attention of expert geochemist Yongsong Huang. The sediments found deep in these waters are the oldest in the region, and may contain clues to the planet's—and humanity's—past and future.
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