Pipeline denial important step away from shale gas

New York state regulators have denied permits for a natural gas pipeline that would supply a $900 million power plant in the Hudson Valley. It represents a shift in policy detrimental to the fossil fuel industry and critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to two Cornell University experts. Anthony Ingraffea, a leading researcher on […]

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 […]

Pro-fracking Pruitt ‘shocking’ choice for EPA head

Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and faculty fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, has studied global warming for 40 years, particularly the impact of methane gas emissions on the environment. He says as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt must discontinue his promotion of fossil fuel […]

EU should skip LNG’s ‘bridge to nowhere’ and leap to sustainable energy

As pipeline-delivered natural gas continues to be a politically unstable energy source for Europe, officials in Brussels are exploring large-scale importation of liquefied natural gas from alternative sources – including the shale gas industry in the United States. Cornell Professor Robert Howarth, an expert on the atmospheric implications of methane, COP21 delegate and author of […]

Pollution alert in Beijing reminder of high cost of climate change

Chinese officials have issued the first ever “red alert” in the capital city of Beijing with pollution levels described as “very unhealthy”. Robert Howarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor in Cornell’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has studied global warming for 40 years, particularly the impact of methane gas emissions on the environment. Howarth, […]

Cornell experts on soil, literature, environmental politics and greenhouse gases headed to Paris climate conference

Cornell University is sending four delegates to the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, which runs November 30 through December 11. Each delegate attending has a different research focus – soil science and climate smart farming, geo-engineering, climate change policy, greenhouse gases and methane emissions. The delegates are available before, during and after the climate conference for […]

Experts preview Paris global climate change summit

WHAT: Experts discuss climate change and sustainability in preparation for the United Nations’ Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, 11:15 a.m. WHERE: Bailey Auditorium, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office […]

Fracking ban the right economic, environmental and health decision

Three Cornell University experts comment on the announcement today by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state.   Susan Christopherson is a professor and chair of the City and Regional Planning at Cornell University and an economic geographer. Her research and teaching focuses on economic development and she has produced […]

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns

ITHACA, N.Y. – As the shale gas boom continues, the atmosphere receives more methane, adding to Earth’s greenhouse gas problem. Robert Howarth, greenhouse gas expert and ecology and environmental biology professor, fears that we may not be many years away from an environmental tipping point – and disaster. “We have to control methane immediately, and […]