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Over two weeks in November, 15 students from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society's Climate and Development Lab have been embedded in key organizations at talks in Bonn, Germany of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
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For many, the title theoretical physicist conjures images of wild-haired scholars poring over complex equations in an effort to solve esoteric scientific problems. But Brad Marston, Professor of Physics, is not wild-haired. And the problem he seeks to tackle is far more down-to-Earth than those stereotypes would lead one to believe.
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The sprawling volcanic islands of Indonesia are famed for their lush, tropical flora; but during the last ice age, the region's rainforests were instead dry savannas where it rained only half as much as it does today.
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Chances are, the last time you were at the beach, ocean physics wasn't paramount on your mind. However, that glistening expanse of frothy blue is more than just a pretty sight. In fact, it is one of the biggest drivers of both weather and climate on Earth.
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The Earth's climate is changing rapidly, and effects of this transition are evident on all scales. Despite the fact that most people acknowledge the reality of climate change, however, few appear to take meaningful action to combat it.
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Mashapaug Pond, in southwest Providence, was once the site of a bustling industrial plant called the Gorham Manufacturing Company. From the late-19th century until the middle of the 21st, the Gorham factory churned out some of the country's finest silverware and bronze casts, all the while pumping large quantities of effluent into the soil and water.
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News from IBES

Introducing: Brian Lander, Faculty Fellow

Brian Lander, formerly a Ziff Environmental Fellow at Harvard University, joins the ranks of IBES fellows this fall as Assistant Professor of History.
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News from IBES

Introducing: Tyler Kartzinel, Faculty Fellow

Nature is full of surprising interactions between species. Whether it's by working together, avoiding each other, competing with one another, or making a meal out of one another, species are connected in a variety of ways.
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New research shows that New Englanders are susceptible to serious health effects even when the heat index is below 100, a finding that has helped to change the National Weather Service threshold for heat warnings.
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The Earth Science Women's Network, a networking organization for women geoscientists, will be presented with a Special Award at this year's annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
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Effective January 1, 2017, Leah VanWey, Professor of Sociology and current Deputy Director of Research at IBES, will become Brown's newest Associate Provost for Academic Space.
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