Floods in Texas chemical plant unlikely to cause toxic water, air

Emergency officials continue to fight fires at an Arkema plant near Houston, that was flooded by Tropical Storm Harvey. Containers of chemicals stored at the plant caught fire today, and company officials expect other containers to do the same. Brett Fors, assistant professor in Cornell University’s Department of Chemical and Chemical Biology, works extensively with […]

Like Sandy, arctic warming made Harvey a killer storm

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to wreak havoc on southeastern Texas, and made a second landfall in Louisiana early Wednesday morning.  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 Center for a Sustainable Future and a leading expert […]

Economic indicators can’t capture Hurricane Harvey damage

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Aug. 28, 2017   Economic indicators can’t capture Hurricane Harvey damage Cornell University economist Steven C. Kyle, an expert in macroeconomics and government policy, says economic indicators are ill-equipped to calculate the economic damage caused by natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey – which is expected to drift back into […]

Texas sanctuary city ban negative to agriculture, key industries

Texas Senate Bill 4 – which bans sanctuary cities – is now the law in the Lone Star state, but it’s impact on public safety and the economy is a matter of brisk debate. Maria Figueroa, director of Labor and Policy Research at the Cornell University ILR School’s Worker Institute, says that SB4 will negatively […]

Chemical storage appears ‘highly risky’ at Texas explosion site

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE April 19, 2013 Chemical storage appears ‘highly risky’ at Texas explosion site Harold van Es is a professor of Soil and Water Management and the former chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University. He is an expert on fertilizer production and use. Van Es says: […]