Cornell student tells COP23 delegates: ‘Face up to reality’

Provided Etinosa Obanor, representing global youth constituencies, addresses the high-level segment at COP23 on Nov. 16. On the world stage, Etinosa Obanor ’18 minced no words. Representing global youth constituencies at the high-level segment at the Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, Nov. 6-17, the student delivered a…

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Students share global and public health projects, solutions to problems

More than 40 student teams gathered Nov. 3 to present their experiences with global and public health learning as part of the Global and Public Health Experiential Learning Symposium, hosted by the Cornell Global Health Program and its Student Advisory Board. Held in Martha van Rensselaer Commons, the teams used…

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Satellite data paints a portrait of global plant health

Postdoctoral researcher Christine Yao-Yun Chang measures photosynthesis in a soy field near Musgrave Research Farm. When it comes to measuring photosynthesis, green is not all that counts. A Cornell researcher is using a NASA satellite to measure photosynthesis in high resolution at the global scale, advancing how we measure plant…

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Workshop takes transdisciplinary approach to great ape communication

Bonobos Kanzi and Panbanisha with Sue Savage-Rumbaugh. How have systems of communication evolved among the great apes? How did language arise? How can humans and apes best communicate? Oct. 20-21, Cornell will host a transdisciplinary workshop on apes, language and communication to explore these and other questions. “The Eloquence of…

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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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E. coli bacteria’s defense secret revealed

By tagging a cell’s proteins with fluorescent beacons, Cornell researchers have found out how E. coli bacteria defend themselves against antibiotics and other poisons. Probably not good news for the bacteria. When undesirable molecules show up, the bacterial cell opens a tunnel though its outer membrane and “effluxes,” or pumps…

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Report: Coordinate efforts to ensure food, nutrition security

With the world facing a vast array of food and nutrition security challenges that pose significant humanitarian, environmental and national security risks, a national commission that included leaders from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) announced May 16 a comprehensive, coordinated effort to solve these problems. The Challenge of…

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Cornell researchers map wind to better harvest energy

Cornell scientists and engineers, working with international teams, are seeing wind in high resolution. They are creating the world’s largest, most-detailed wind maps ever in the picturesque hills of Perdigão, Portugal. This research aims to find how wind and turbulence behave in intricate terrain. “It’s our moonshot,” said Sara C.…

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David Lodge’s contributions part of Arctic species plan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed a comprehensive environmental agreement May 11 among eight nations that adopted the first Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) strategy and action plan, developed by representatives of those nations including the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s David Lodge. Meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska, the…

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Cornell climate center at front line of drought response

For more than a year, as drought spread across the Northeast, agricultural fields went parched, crops withered, wells ran dry. During the worst drought since the 1960s, irrigated farms in the Northeast suffered crop losses of up to 35 percent; for unirrigated farms, field crops and pasturage losses hit as…

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