GM wind investment signals renewable’s strong future in auto industry

Auto giant General Motors recently announced it is purchasing 200 megawatts of wind power to service factories in Indiana and Ohio. Although the new wind power will help produce gas guzzling vehicles, the shift is a welcome development for the renewable energy industry and makes good business sense, according to two Cornell University experts. Glen Dowell is a leading […]

Business leaders won’t wait for White House to tackle climate change

As U.S. President Donald Trump makes his debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, business leaders from around the globe are gathering in New York City for Climate Week NYC to discuss ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. Glen Dowell, leading corporate sustainability researcher and associate professor of Management and Organizations at Cornell University, says […]

China’s electric car switch to rattle industry, drive up price of lithium

Chinese regulators recently announced that the government is setting up a timetable to end production and sales of petrol and diesel cars. China is following the example of other countries, such as Britain and France, that announced similar moves towards cleaner vehicles in the coming years. Arthur Wheaton, an automotive expert with Cornell University’s School […]

Chemists use electrochemistry to amp up drug manufacturing

ITHACA, N.Y. – Give your medicine a jolt. By using electrochemistry, future pharmaceuticals – including many of the top prescribed medications in the United States – soon may be easily scaled up to be manufactured in a more sustainable way. Currently, making pharmaceuticals involves creating complex organic molecules that require several chemical steps and intense […]

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 […]

Heritage and ancient grain project feeds a growing demand

Media Note: Images can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ancientgrains.  ITHACA, N.Y. – After a century of markets dominated by a few types of wheat and white flour, ancient and heritage wheat varieties are making a comeback. Restaurants and bakeries that promote organic and local agriculture have sprouted up across the country in the last […]

Ancient grains making a gourmet comeback in NYC, journalists can get private taste

Untitled at the Whitney Museum to offer sample menu with Cornell researchers and NYC organizers leading the organic grains movement on hand WHAT:          Media-only lunch to feature ancient wheat varieties growing in popularity at New York City artisanal bakeries, restaurants and farmers markets. These grains promote sustainable agriculture, feature robust flavors, and benefit farmers economically. […]

Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The researchers created electro-spun carbon nanofiber electrodes and coated them with a conductive polymer, called PEDOT, to compete with carbon cloth electrodes available on the market. When the PEDOT coating is applied, […]

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the year 2100, 2 billion people – about one-fifth of the world’s population – could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to Cornell University research. “We’re going to have […]

Transforming last night’s leftovers into green energy

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a classic tale of turning trash into treasure, two different processes soon may be the favored dynamic duo to turn food waste into green energy, according to a new Cornell University-led study. “Food waste should have a high value. We’re treating it as a resource, and we’re making marketable products out […]