Ithaca startup wins $250,000 in Southern Tier clean energy competition

Allison Usavage Adrian Cosmo and José Lozano, co-founders of Biological Energy, pitch their technology to a panel of blue-ribbon judges at the 76West Finals Pitch at Corning Inc. Six clean-tech companies working at the intersection of technology and sustainability will use 76West competition prize money to help build the clean…

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Nitric oxide plays key role in forming potent greenhouse gas

Cornell chemists have uncovered a fresh role for nitric oxide that could send biochemical textbooks back for revision. They have identified a critical step in the nitrification process, which is partly responsible for agricultural emissions of harmful nitrous oxide and its chemical cousins into the atmosphere, contributing to global climate…

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Collaboration across (baseball) fields leads to Amazonian rivers

An ambitious project that deploys big data and uses machine learning to understand the ecological impacts of hydropower dams in the Amazon Basin started in a mundane enough setting: on the sidelines at youth baseball games. Conversations initially sparked when they were parents at local games ultimately led Alex Flecker,…

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Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

In the year 2100, 2 billion people – about one-fifth of the world’s population – could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell research the journal Land…

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Republicans doubt ‘global warming’ more than ‘climate change’

On the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a new Cornell study finds that climate-science labels do matter. The U.S. public doubts the existence of “global warming” more than it doubts “climate change” – and Republicans are driving the…

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Wildlife Health Cornell takes new approach to natural world

We need nature – and nature needs us. It’s a novel approach to wildlife conservation and the founding principle of a new initiative from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Led by some of the world’s top wildlife health experts, Wildlife Health Cornell seeks a healthier future for wildlife by promoting…

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Climate Change Garden offers a lens into the future

In the shadow of Barbara McClintock’s historic campus shed, plots of foliage thicken in the university’s Climate Change Demonstration Garden. Located at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, these raised beds provide a living illustration of how future temperature conditions may affect plants. “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we’re facing,” said Sonja…

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Cornell Adult University to offer Food Systems and Human Well-being course

Global changes in climate, economies, transportation, and resource use, as well as environmental agents that propel infectious diseases across borders and species, profoundly challenge public health.  From July 9 to 15, Cornell MPH faculty will be teaching at a Cornell Adult University course: One Health in Action: Global Food Systems…

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Group’s measuring tool probes solar-cell materials

Next-generation solar cells made from organic compounds hold great promise in meeting future energy needs, but researchers are still striving to gain a deep understanding of the materials involved – including the efficiency with which they convert light into mobile charge, known as photocapacitance. A Cornell research group led by John…

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