Drone tech offers new ways to manage climate change

An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological advance that could offer a new way to manage climate change. “When making predictions about climate change, it’s […]

See a bear? New iSeeMammals app lets citizen scientists track expanding populations

Media Note: Images and a GIF can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.app.box.com/v/iseemammals. ITHACA, N.Y. – Black bear populations are on the rise in New York state, and Cornell University researchers are combining digital technology with on-the-ground conservation efforts to better manage the growing numbers of the animals in the state. Catherine Sun, a doctoral […]

Northeastern farmers smarter with new drought atlas

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University’s Climate Smart Farming program has added a new online tool – the New York State/Northeast Drought Atlas – to help farmers adapt to a warming world. The atlas presents drought severity state-by-state, county-by-county, for the entire region from 1950 to the present. The drought maps will be updated monthly, with […]

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures – a hint that climate change is to blame. Because of its topographic complexity, the new atlas delivers critical […]

Dulled taste may prompt more calories on path to obesity

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University food scientists have found that people with a diminished ability to taste food choose sweeter – and likely higher-calorie – fare. This could put people on the path to gaining weight. “We found that the more people lost sensitivity to sweetness, the more sugar they wanted in their foods,” said […]

Get a whiff of this – Cornell corpse flower set for first outdoor bloom

Media note: New images and time-lapse videos of Cornell’s Titan arum bloom in 2015 can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCALSTitanArum. ITHACA, N.Y. – How does a giant, foul-smelling plant from the tropics fare in an outdoor garden in New York? We will soon find out. One of Cornell University’s Titan arums (Amorphophallus titanum) – a rare […]

New food policies could take the bite out of India’s malnutrition

ITHACA, N.Y. – India has spent the last 50 years combating hunger by boosting its production of staple crops like wheat, rice and maize. The strategy has worked – up to a point. Now India struggles with chronic malnutrition and child stunting, even though it produces enough calories to keep hunger at bay. But new […]

DNA tracking tool tips the scales for distinguishing invasive fish

ITHACA, N.Y. – Rather than conduct an aquatic roll call with nets to know which fish reside in a particular body of water, scientists can now use DNA fragments suspended in water to catalog invasive or native species. “We’ve sharpened the environmental DNA (eDNA) tool, so that if a river or a lake has threatened, […]

Tiny wasps add a sting to lily beetle battle

Media note: Images of the lily leaf beetle and parasitoid wasp can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/LilyLeafBeetle. ITHACA, N.Y. – Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle, which has devastated the plants in many areas statewide, across the Northeast and in Canada. Researchers at Cornell […]

Ice sheet break just the tip of catastrophic climate conditions to come

The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is soon set to lose an enormous iceberg, more than 2,000 square miles in area and more than 600 feet thick. Charles H. Greene is a professor of Earth and Atmospheric sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a fellow at the Atkinson […]