Paris and Oxford plan to ban polluting cars — and mayors worldwide are paying attention

Paris policymakers want to ban all gasoline and diesel-powered cars from the City of Light by 2030. City council members in Oxford, England are pursuing a similar measure, with a plan to make their city the first zero-emission city in Britain by 2035. The proposals represent a bold policy approach to reducing carbon emissions and […]

China and Germany are winners in proposed repeal of Clean Power Plan

Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has announced that today he will formally sign a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan — President Barack Obama’s policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. The move deals a blow to U.S. competitiveness in future energy markets according to a Cornell […]

In push towards electric cars, batteries and fuel cells both in the mix

As electric vehicles come into the mainstream, tech enthusiasts are watching closely to see whether batteries or hydrogen fuel cells become the dominant power source for the cars of the future. But both technologies have asserted their value to automakers and can even work in concert, according to a Cornell University expert. Paul Mutolo, director […]

Catholic church’s move away from fossil fuels sets it up as sustainability leader

More than 40 Catholic institutions announced plans to divest from fossil fuels on Tuesday, the eve of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The move aligns with Pope Francis’ rhetoric on climate change and better positions the church as an influential leader on sustainability, according to a Cornell University expert. Jonathon Schuldt, an assistant […]

Electric cars may up demand for power, but renewables are poised to benefit

Auto giant General Motors announced Monday it is taking a deep dive into the electric vehicle market — unveiling two new electric models in 2018 and 18 more by 2023. This boost in the number of electric cars will increase demand for power, but signals a bright future for renewable forms of energy like wind and solar, […]

Protests in sports world harken back to 1960s

Players across the National Football League are taking a knee for pre-game national anthems — a widespread protest sparked by President Donald Trump’s combative comments that NFL owners should “fire” players who kneel during the national anthem. The athlete’s foray into politics is a reminder of the 1960s — a tumultuous time in American race […]

Power in Puerto Rico – how ‘nanogrids’ could help in the future

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, millions find themselves without power in Puerto Rico and facing a long haul of repairs to restore electricity to the island. Engineers at Cornell University are working on ways to keep the lights on in homes after storms large and small. Civil and environmental engineering professor Edwin Cowen is Faculty Director for Energy […]

GM wind investment signals renewable’s strong future in auto industry

Auto giant General Motors recently announced it is purchasing 200 megawatts of wind power to service factories in Indiana and Ohio. Although the new wind power will help produce gas guzzling vehicles, the shift is a welcome development for the renewable energy industry and makes good business sense, according to two Cornell University experts. Glen Dowell is a leading […]

To understand Rohingya crisis, look to Darfur

The alleged atrocities in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims in the country’s Rakhine State follow a pattern similar to events in 2003 known as the Darfur genocide in western Sudan according to a Cornell University historian. John Hubbel Weiss, a history professor at Cornell University whose research and teaching focuses on genocidal regimes, says the Rohingya crisis is similar […]

Business leaders won’t wait for White House to tackle climate change

As U.S. President Donald Trump makes his debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, business leaders from around the globe are gathering in New York City for Climate Week NYC to discuss ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. Glen Dowell, leading corporate sustainability researcher and associate professor of Management and Organizations at Cornell University, says […]