Climate scientists study the odds of a U.S. megadrought

ITHACA, N.Y. – To help untangle fact from speculation, Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwestern United States. The research was published online in the Journal of Climate. […]

Silicon Valley fuels renewable energy demand as Washington steps back on climate change

Tech giant Google has announced it has purchased three gigawatts of clean energy capacity — matching the energy it takes to maintain operations for one year. The move is part of a larger trend of tech companies taking steps to influence renewable energy demand, according to a corporate sustainability researcher at Cornell University. Glen Dowell […]

Chicago Climate Charter shows ‘bold leadership’ for American workers

Dozens of mayors from across North America, including at least 36 U.S. cities are expected to sign an agreement on Tuesday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the commitments laid out on a global scale in the Paris Climate Accord. The Chicago Climate Charter, to be signed at the North American Climate Summit in […]

Researchers turn to trees to trim highway toxins

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University engineering students are creating a state-of-the-art computer model to strategically place trees on highways near residential areas to mitigate pollution particles and improve human health. Doctoral candidates Khaled Hashad and Bo Yang, along with undergraduate researcher Dan Shaw ’18 – all working in the Energy and the Environment Research Laboratory of Max […]

Agung’s silver lining: Climate scientists eye Bali volcano for clues to cool the planet

As Indonesia’s Mount Agung continues to spew ash and clouds, climate scientists are preparing to study just how much the eruption will cool the earth — and what we can learn from the phenomenon about cooling the earth ourselves. Douglas MacMartin, a senior research associate and senior lecturer in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell […]

Why the future of clean energy storage lies in hydrogen

As renewable sources of energy like wind and solar gain traction, scientists and engineers are eyeing new ways to store that energy in a cost-efficient manner — laying the groundwork for a future in which renewables rival fossil fuels in powering our homes and vehicles. Paul Mutolo, a chemist and director of External Partnerships for […]

Forget RFS, pollution tax or cap-and-trade key to tackling air pollution

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), developed by Congress to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions and bolster the renewable fuel sector, is under review by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to reveal any changes to the program by Nov. 30. As ethanol producers and oil refiners vie for the Administration’s […]

This Thanksgiving, forget about the food

Historian Adrienne Rose Johnson specializes in the history and culture of American food, but this Thanksgiving, she says, forget about the feast and remember our history of giving thanks. Bio:  http://history.cornell.edu/adrienne-rose-johnson Johnson says: “In the bleakest, ugliest depths of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday to commemorate the ‘blessings of fruitful fields and […]

As pollution skyrockets in India, health care costs poised to mount

Levels of pollution in India’s capital New Delhi soared on Tuesday, leading the Indian Medical Association to declare a public health emergency and prompting officials to close schools. The smog descending over the city can cause sickness and pre-mature death, and can lead to billions of dollars of additional health care costs according to a Cornell […]

Climate change, sparse policies endanger right whale population

ITHACA, N.Y. – North Atlantic right whales – a highly endangered species making modest population gains in the past decade – may be imperiled by warming waters and insufficient international protection, according to a new Cornell University analysis published in Global Change Biology. North Atlantic right whales’ preferred cuisine is copepods that thrive in cool waters, […]