Princeton University to get $3M to study climate change

Princeton University’s Cooperative Institute for Climate Science is slated to receive more than $3 million in federal funding to carry out research on climate change, New Jersey’s U.S. senators announced Monday.

Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) issued a joint release announcing the institute will use the federal funds to analyze data and better understand the Earth’s climate. The funding will come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Despite claims from misguided politicians, climate change is a real threat and addressing it is one of the most important challenges that confronts our nation,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds NOAA, in a release.

“The extreme weather causing destruction in America and around the globe is simply a sign of things to come if we do not act to stem the worst effects of climate change,” he said. “Princeton is home to some of the greatest scientists in the world and we’re proud to help them advance climate change research.”

Menendez agreed with Lautenberg, saying the federal funding will help the university stay competitive with other colleges and universities across the nation.

“These funds will help Princeton stay at the forefront of the research that will help us combat global warming and understand more fully the implications of our changing weather,” he said.