Researchers unlock genetic clues to help grapes survive winter

Months before northern vineyards burst into their lush summer peak, the delicate grape buds holding the nascent fruit in its tiny core must first withstand the freezing onslaught of winter. Understanding how grape buds respond to subzero temperatures is of paramount concern to vineyard managers in New York and other northerly grape-producing states. Horticulturists have […]

Cornell to host carbon neutrality forum March 28

WHAT: Public forum on “Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035” WHEN: Tuesday, March 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. WHERE: Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Lindsey Hadlock in Cornell’s Media Relations Office […]

Cornell conference tackles sustainable energy, food and urbanization

WHAT: Sustainability in Asia: collaboration for research and implementation WHEN: Friday, April 7, 8 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. WHERE: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong MEDIA: Media members are asked to RSVP to Rebecca Valli in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-7701 or rv234@cornell.edu.   HONG KONG – As the world grapples […]

New polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

When Geoffrey Coates, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University, gives a talk about plastics and recycling, he usually opens with this question: What percentage of the 78 million tons of plastic used for packaging – for example, a 2-liter bottle or a take-out food container – actually gets recycled and re-used […]

Networking@Rev: Connect with clean energy startups

WHAT: Networking@Rev: Clean energy networking event WHEN: Thursday, February 2 from 6-8:30 p.m. WHERE: Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, 314 E. State Street (Second Floor), Ithaca, NY 14850 MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Local media is invited to attend and interview clean tech startups, including NSYERDA 76West Clean Energy Competition winners. […]

Cancelled climate conference casts dark clouds

Michael Hoffmann, professor of entomology and a fellow at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, says cancelling conferences such as the CDC’s Climate and Health Summit negates a democratic and transparent process essential to science. Bio: https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/people/michael-hoffmann   Hoffman says: “President Trump and his ‘climate change denier cabinet’ seem to be casting a dark […]

Green energy on the rise with three new Cornell solar farms

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University formally opened three additional solar farms in December that will generate large amounts of electricity and help the campus achieve its carbon neutrality goals. “We’re making substantial, meaningful progress on Cornell’s Climate Action Plan – and one way is to obtain more electricity from solar power,” said Sarah Zemanick, director […]

Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source

ITHACA, N.Y. – Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity according to a study published in the journal Oceanography (December 2016). “We may have stumbled onto the next green revolution,” said Charles H. Greene, professor of earth […]

Report offers Cornell University options to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035

ITHACA, N.Y. – Last spring, Provost Michael Kotlikoff called on the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group to explore options for the Ithaca campus to achieve climate neutrality by 2035, including a detailed financial analysis and feasibility study that would allow the university to make decisions based on costs and benefits in the context of its […]

Cornell scientists convert carbon dioxide, create electricity

ITHACA, N.Y. – While the human race will always leave its carbon footprint on the Earth, it must continue to find ways to lessen the impact of its fossil fuel consumption. “Carbon capture” technologies – chemically trapping carbon dioxide before it is released into the atmosphere – is one approach. In a recent study, Cornell […]