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 […]

Parasites, snails may factor in Adirondack moose decline

The apparent declining moose population in New York ’s Adirondack Mountains may be caused partly by tiny parasite-transmitting snails eaten by moose as they forage vegetation, according to new research presented by two Cornell undergraduate students at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting, in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 8. “Our results show that moose foraging […]

Invasive gobies may change Oneida Lake’s complexion – again

Ithaca, NY – Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters. Invasive round gobies, bottom-feeder fish from Eurasia, appear to diminish zebra and quagga mussel populations and […]

Moral values influence level of climate change action

ITHACA, N.Y. – Two moral values highly rated by liberals — compassion and fairness — influence willingness to make personal choices to mitigate climate change’s impact in the future, according to a new multidisciplinary study by Cornell University researchers. The findings also suggest that a moral value rated more highly by conservatives – purity – […]

New initiative aims to protect birds on private lands

Media: To view and download images and graphics, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/landtrust. ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance are partnering to help protect birds on private lands. The goal of the new Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative and associated website (birdtrust.org) is to improve conservation for declining species by […]