Willing weather brings beautiful blueberries, superb strawberries this year

Marvin Pritts, a horticulture professor at Cornell University, explains how recent weather conditions have made this year promising for fruit growers. Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/marvin-pritts Pritts says: “We are experiencing a good strawberry crop and anticipate an outstanding blueberry crop. Blueberry fruits have a waxy skin that sheds water so they are much less susceptible to fruit […]

West Nile mosquitos are in NYC, start spraying and drain your backyards

The New York City Health Department has detected the first of the season’s mosquitoes with West Nile virus. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann is a Cornell University entomologist based on Long Island whose work focuses on integrated pest management. Although it’s still early in the season to know the full extent of mosquito trends this year, she advises […]

Climate change label leads to climate science acceptance

ITHACA, N.Y. – On the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, a new Cornell University study finds that labels matter when it comes to acceptance of climate science. The U.S. public doubts the existence of “global warming” more than it doubts “climate change” – […]

Plants to beat the first summer heat

The National Weather Service warns of above-normal temperatures for the northeastern region of the United States through Thursday. Cornell University experts comment on the year’s first summer heat and explain how it may affect plants. Jessica Spaccio is a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University and recently helped create a tool […]

NY grows greater greenhouse crops with less energy

ITHACA, N.Y. – A public-private consortium led by researchers at Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is poised to match consumer appetite for increased, local vegetable production with reduced greenhouse energy consumption. The Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering consortium is being launched to transform the way greenhouses operate in order to reduce electricity use up […]

By quitting Paris accord, Trump would open Pandora’s box

President Trump is expected to announce that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, a global pact designed to fight climate change. The following Cornell University experts, including COP21 delegates, discuss the ecological, economic, health and political impacts of this move. David W. Wolfe: Climate change is an economic and national security issue […]

Drought doubt lingers with warm summer predictions

Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, says that while the drought in the Northeast is over, predictions of above-normal temperatures this summer could be a concern for agriculture in the region. The Northeast Regional Climate Center monitors and assesses climatic conditions in the twelve-state, northeastern region of the […]

Trump dump of Paris climate deal bad for business

President Trump is delaying decision on the U.S. participation in the Paris climate accord, a deal brokered by Obama which Trump has repeatedly criticized. Natalie Mahowald a professor in Cornell University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Faculty Director of Environment at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University and an expert […]

Despite efforts, Facebook is not ready to take on fake news

This week, Facebook launched an advertising campaign in the U.K. seeking to help the public discern fake news online. The move, which precedes parliamentary elections in Britain, is seen as an attempt to curb the spread of false stories over Facebook ahead of critical political events. Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University […]

Cornell researches black bear boom in New York

ITHACA, N.Y. – The black bear population in southern New York has grown and expanded its range since the early 1990s, which has led to increased encounters with humans. But details about bear populations in the state have remained understudied. New Cornell University research, published in the March issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management, […]