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Recent News and Features


What's Being Done to Help NJ's Food Deserts?

[Mar 12, 2019]
Dr. Cara Cuite was quoted in the New Jersey Monthly about NJ's food deserts.


Food safety: FDA unveils new plan to ensure safety of food imported to U.S.

[Feb 25, 2019]
Dr. William Hallman was quoted in the USA Today regarding the Food and Drug Administration saying they are getting better at predicting which foods from other countries are more vulnerable to problems.


Rethinking the Future of Food Recalls

[Feb 15, 2019]
Dr. William Hallman and Dr. Cara Cuite wrote an article on food recalls that was the cover story for Food Safety Magazine.


Environmentalists Raise Questions about Salting of NJ Roads

[Feb 4, 2019]
So, the question is having the right people with the technical expertise making the decisions as to how much salt is needed for any particular storm," said Van Abs.


Environmentalists raise concerns about salting roads during winter months

[Feb 1, 2019]
Too much salt can be deadly for aquatic life and plants. It can be harmful to humans as well, says Rutgers professor Daniel Van Abs.


Scientists Consider "Quick Response" Plan to Counter Climate Misinformation

[Jan 31, 2019]
Now researchers seem increasingly inclined to correct the record... The academies are not trying to police every piece of climate misinformation or respond in a politicized way, said William Hallman, a human ecology professor at Rutgers University and member of the committee.


"Will Murphy’s plan to constantly salt the roads wreak environmental havoc? Time will tell."

[Jan 30, 2019]
Daniel Van Abs, a Rutgers professor who has been studying the effects of road salt on environmental and public health for decades, said this problem is nothing new. "There's a long trend line in New Jersey that the amount of salt in our surface waters has been going up over the decades," Van Abs said.


"Eat avocados without washing them? That's an avoca-don't, FDA says"

[Dec 21, 2018]
Dr. William Hallman was quoted in the USA Today about the FDA's recent recommendation on thoroughly washing avocados before cutting through them to avoid transferring bacteria and dirt to what we eat.


Is it better for the environment to shop online or in-store?

[Nov 20, 2018]
Which form of shopping costs the planet more - online or in a brick-and-mortar store? The answer isn't black or white, and both methods have shades of green... The question of which shopping method is greener can trigger an hours-long discussion in Jill Lipoti's classes at Rutgers University.


Why Stay During A Hurricane? Because It's Not As Simple As 'Get Out'

[Oct 18, 2018]
Dr. Cara Cuite was quoted in a recent National Public Radio article about response to Hurricane evacuation.


Opinion: NJ Shouldn't Wait for Federal Funds Before Reducing Flood Damages

[Oct 15, 2018]
Dr. Daniel Van Abs is quoted in a recent article on NJspotlight.com about the the uncertainty of federal funding dictates that New Jersey view every project through the lens of self-funding.


Expert: NJ towns should start revamping water infrastructure for the future

[Aug 29, 2018]
Daniel Van Abs says that many towns across the state have water pipes that are a century old and just waiting to break.


More syringes are washing up on Jersey beaches. It's a problem that starts miles away.

[Aug 7, 2018]
Dr. Daniel Van Abs is quoted in a recent article on NJ.com about the issue of sewage overflow on the Jersey Shore.


Americans waste nearly half their food. How can we reduce food waste in New Jersey?

[Jul 25, 2018]
Dr. Jill Lipoti was interviewed for the Bergen Records series on food waste.


Ira Wagner's 'Houseraising': Uplift, denial, and Hurricane Sandy

[Jul 22, 2018]
The preface, "All That I Know," is by Rutgers sociology professor Rachael Shwom, who ponders the mindset of those who live in an environmentally threatened place.



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