With French grant to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again,’ this scientist to study Earth’s outer skin

ITHACA, N.Y. – The race to see who will lead the fight against climate change is heating up. After President Donald Trump announced in June his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed a “Make Our Planet Great Again” program that would bring climate scientists to […]

Northeast farmers weigh warming climate, drenched fields

ITHACA, N.Y. – Farmers in the Northeast are adapting to longer growing seasons and warming climate conditions – but they may face spring-planting whiplash as they confront fields increasingly saturated with rain, according to a research paper published in the journal Climatic Change. “Climate change can easily intensify agricultural susceptibility, but also presents fresh, surprising […]

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 […]

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 […]

Proposed New York climate change mitigation bill doesn’t hit the mark, says Cornell expert

ITHACA, N.Y. – Toby Ault, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, suggested strong carbon-tracking improvements be included in a proposed New York State Senate bill intended to mitigate the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed Senate Bill S6617-A – the Climate and Community Protection Act –  is sponsored by Sen. Tony […]

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 […]

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, […]