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, […]

Students to design an app showing region’s Underground Railroad

ITHACA, N.Y. – Hiking the Cascadilla Gorge trail, the 25 students in this semester’s Underground Railroad seminar stopped at a bridge halfway down to talk about why water routes were important to escaping slaves. “Water would help them to know what direction they were heading, it would hide their scent if they were being followed […]

Dairy farmers harness tech and management smarts to curb methane emissions

Global levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane are on the rise — experiencing a larger than average increase over the last ten years in 2016 according to new findings from the World Meteorological Organization. While scientists grapple to explain the source of the surge, the U.S. dairy industry continues to take steps to reduce […]

More daylight in New England may take a bite out of crime

A commission in Massachusetts is considering a permanent switch from the Eastern Time Zone to the Atlantic Time Zone — a move that would preserve more evening daylight in the winter months, could lead to economic and health benefits, and may cut back on crime according to a Cornell University economist. Nicholas Sanders, an assistant […]

Climate change costs climbing, yet difficult to predict

Climate change has cost the United States over $350 billion over the last decade, and costs are expected to rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Putting a price tag on climate change is important for informing smart policies in Washington, but estimating the future costs of a warming planet remains […]

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 […]