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Date:2/17/2013

A possible Higgs boson of cancer and steps to give natural biodiversity a fighting chance will be among the topics Princeton University researchers will discuss during the 2013 AAAS annual meeting. Below are summaries, arranged chronologically, of the research to be presented. All information is embargoed until the beginning of the respective session.

* Virtual water trade helps cope with climate change
Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Friday, Feb. 15, 8 a.m., Room 203

Climate change will likely push nations to adjust their trading patterns to better conserve water as resources become scarcer or more unevenly distributed across the globe. Specifically, countries that can use water efficiently in agriculture will become more active trading partners with countries that cannot. Researchers led by Rodriguez-Iturbe integrated hydrology, climate-change and trade-policy models to study the "virtual water trade," wherein they tracked trade in crops and other food in terms of the amount of water required to produce them. They looked at the level of trade that will likely take place between various parts of the world, and then predicted how much water would likely be available for use in growing crops around the world. They concluded that in most scenarios the total amount of virtual water trade will decrease by 2030, but the amount of water saved as a result of the trade will increase. Much of the change pertains to the trade in wheat, which will increasingly be grown in places with efficient water use and shipped to places where growing wheat requires more water.

* A fighting chance for nature: Prognosis for and relevance of biodiversity on our new small planet
David Wilcove, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs
Friday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m., Room 300

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Contact: Morgan Kelly
mgnkelly@princeton.edu
609-258-5729
Princeton University
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