Food, family, forecast: Countdown to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Cornell University experts offer advice for a safe and stress-free holiday, including directions on how to safely cook your turkey, get along with (and perhaps even learn from) your family and what to expect weather-wise. — Proper planning and attention to detail are important for the preparation of a safe […]

Emerald ash borer discovered in NYC – here’s what you need to do to save the trees

The New York state departments of Agriculture and Markets, and Environmental Conservation have confirmed the first-ever discovery of emerald ash borer in New York City. Forestry expert and Cornell Cooperative Extension associate Mark C. Whitmore works with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for […]

Don’t blame cattle – it’s humans who caused methane levels to skyrocket

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent, according to the agency. Robert Howarth is a professor of ecology […]

Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Cornell research helping hemlocks survive in New York state

ITHACA, N.Y. – Efforts to battle an invasive forest pest just got a boost from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation grant that enables Cornell Botanic Gardens to continue – and expand – its work to conserve hemlock trees that are foundational to the university’s campus and natural areas. Ecologists refer to hemlocks […]

Insectapalooza swarms campus Oct. 28

WHAT:          Insectapalooza 2017 to feature ‘Sounds of Insects’ showcase, live Anthropod Zoo, butterfly room, pollinator exhibit, cockroach races and hands-on learning activities WHEN:          Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE:        Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca VISUALS:     To view and download images from previous Insectapalooza events, visit https://cornell.box.com/v/insectphotos. MEDIA:         The event is free and open […]

Despite devastation from forest fires, ecosystems rise from the ashes

The California wildfires have left a trail of devastation in their wake, killing dozens of people and burning hundreds of acres across the state. Amanda Rodewald, an expert in wildlife ecology and conservation biology at Cornell University, says that ­­– as efforts continue to extinguish new fires and clean-up the environment – we must remember […]

NAFTA negotiations may hinge on dairy dispute

Dairy supply management has emerged as a singular turning point in negotiations over NAFTA. The issue is a complicated one, fueled by strong feelings on both sides of the border, and may ultimately end up sundering NAFTA altogether says Andrew Novakovic, an expert in dairy markets and professor of agricultural economics at the Charles H. […]

Protectionist food aid shipping rules waste money, cost lives

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is scheduled to discuss ways to reform the Food for Peace Program, an international aid program introduced by President Eisenhower in 1954 which has developed to reach tens of millions of people in food-insecure regions every year. Economist Christopher Barrett, who is author of the award-winning Food Aid After Fifty […]

Halloween enthusiasts are in for optimal pumpkin season

Steve Reiners, professor of horticulture at Cornell University and a New York State vegetable industry expert, says the pumpkin crop this season is optimal due to the dry, warm weather throughout September. He also shares advice on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/stephen-reiners Reiners says: “When it comes to growing […]