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Endangered right whales face deadly ships, fishing gear in northward migration

Mar 7, 2018
As waters warm and food supplies dwindle, North Atlantic right whales face a serious danger of extinction – a danger made all the more apparent this breeding season as scientists see no sign of newborns. But in their hunt for food, right whales are migrating further north into places like the Gulf of Saint Lawrence where they encounter new threats from boats and fishing gear. [...] Read more

NYS maple producers can look forward to a sweet season

Feb 26, 2018
In 2017, New York state maple producers made over 750,000 gallons of maple syrup, making New York the second largest maple producing state. With this year’s maple season underway, Stephen Childs, the Cornell Sugar Maple Program Director and a New York state maple specialist, says producers can look forward to a great 2018 season. [...] Read more

Forget glyphosate, to battle weeds understand root problem

Feb 13, 2018
Controversy hit last week when lawmakers threatened to cut U.S. funding for the World Health Organization’s cancer research program over its findings that glyphosate, the herbicide found in Roundup and other weed killers, could be carcinogenic. Cornell University professor of soil and crop sciences, Antonio DiTommaso, says that while the political debate is noteworthy, the larger issue is finding ways to reduce our overreliance on herbicides to avert future weed problems. [...] Read more

Parents, do you have a Family Media Use Plan? Here’s why it’s important

Dec 7, 2017
Facebook launched Messenger Kids earlier this week – a messaging, video and chat app for children aged 6 to 12. Facebook sells it as a way for preteens to communicate safely. Natalie Bazarova, professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University and director of the Cornell Social Media Lab, recommends that parents create a “Family Media Use Plan” to ensure safety and healthy development as it relates to digital media. [...] Read more

Oil development at Arctic Refuge would forever alter sensitive ecosystems

Nov 21, 2017
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted 13-10 this month to approve a bill that would allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The measure will be added to the Senate’s tax-reform package that is expected to be put to a vote before the end of 2017 [...] Read more

Forget RFS, pollution tax or cap-and-trade key to tackling air pollution

Nov 17, 2017
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), developed by Congress to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions and bolster the renewable fuel sector, is under review by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is expected to reveal any changes to the program by Nov. 30. As ethanol producers and oil refiners vie for the Administration’s attention on RFS, environmental economists say there’s a better way to cut down on air pollution [...] Read more

Food, family, forecast: Countdown to Thanksgiving

Nov 16, 2017
Proper planning and attention to detail are important for the preparation of a safe and delicious Thanksgiving meal. Robert Gravani, professor of food science, recommends following the four steps to food safety – clean, separate, cook and chill – to prevent the spread of bacteria to food and family so that all can have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving feast [...] Read more

In discussing 5G technology, regulators eye privacy concerns

Nov 15, 2017
This week, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on 5G wireless technology and its potential for the U.S. economy. Aija Leiponen, professor at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management studies the telecommunication industry and has written extensively about the management and governance of big data. Leiponen says regulators discussing 5G systems need to set standards not only on spectrum allocation, but also on privacy protection – given the big data nature of these networks [...] Read more

As pollution skyrockets in India, health care costs poised to mount

Nov 7, 2017
Levels of pollution in India’s capital New Delhi soared on Tuesday, leading the Indian Medical Association to declare a public health emergency and prompting officials to close schools. The smog descending over the city can cause sickness and pre-mature death, and can lead to billions of dollars of additional health care costs according to a Cornell University environmental economist [...] Read more

Dairy farmers harness tech and management smarts to curb methane emissions

Nov 2, 2017
Global levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane are on the rise — experiencing a larger than average increase over the last ten years in 2016 according to new findings from the World Meteorological Organization. While scientists grapple to explain the source of the surge, the U.S. dairy industry continues to take steps to reduce methane emissions, according to a dairy sustainability researcher at Cornell University [...] Read more

Regional sourcing key to success of Empire Rye, craft beverages

Oct 31, 2017
A handful of New York state craft distilleries is launching a new, regional whiskey, “Empire Rye.” Christopher Gerling, an enologist and craft-beverage expert, says that local sourcing and geographical identification are key ingredients to Empire Rye and other regional food and drink [...] Read more

Emerald ash borer discovered in NYC – here’s what you need to do to save the trees

Oct 31, 2017
The New York state departments of Agriculture and Markets, and Environmental Conservation have confirmed the first-ever discovery of emerald ash borer in New York City. Forestry expert and Cornell Cooperative Extension associate Mark C. Whitmore works with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, government officials and concerned citizens to understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of forest inspect pests like the emerald ash borer. He says the pest is especially dangerous in New York City and other urban environments because the insects compromise the strength of ash trees, which threatens public safety [...] Read more

NY regional pedigree distilled into Empire Rye

Oct 30, 2017
A handful of New York state craft distilleries is launching a new, regional whiskey, “Empire Rye.” Bradley J. Rickard, an expert on economic and policy issues in food and beverage markets – and associate professor in Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, notes that such industry-led initiatives are driven by the value that consumers increasingly place on knowing where a product is produced, how it is produced and where its ingredients come from [...] Read more

Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Oct 26, 2017
Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference [...] Read more

Despite devastation from forest fires, ecosystems rise from the ashes

Oct 24, 2017
The California wildfires have left a trail of devastation in their wake, killing dozens of people and burning hundreds of acres across the state. Amanda Rodewald, an expert in wildlife ecology and conservation biology at Cornell University, says that ­­– as efforts continue to extinguish new fires and clean-up the environment – we must remember that fire also is a natural process and essential to maintaining fire-dependent ecosystems. Unfortunately, human activities have changed the role that fire plays in many regions [...] Read more

Climate change costs climbing, yet difficult to predict

Oct 24, 2017
Climate change has cost the United States over $350 billion over the last decade, and costs are expected to rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Putting a price tag on climate change is important for informing smart policies in Washington, but estimating the future costs of a warming planet remains a complicated endeavor, according to Cornell University researchers [...] Read more

NAFTA negotiations may hinge on dairy dispute

Oct 19, 2017
Dairy supply management has emerged as a singular turning point in negotiations over NAFTA. The issue is a complicated one, fueled by strong feelings on both sides of the border, and may ultimately end up sundering NAFTA altogether says Andrew Novakovic, an expert in dairy markets and professor of agricultural economics at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. [...] Read more

Paris and Oxford plan to ban polluting cars — and mayors worldwide are paying attention

Oct 18, 2017
Paris policymakers want to ban all gasoline and diesel-powered cars from the City of Light by 2030. City council members in Oxford, England are pursuing a similar measure, with a plan to make their city the first zero-emission city in Britain by 2035. The proposals represent a bold policy approach to reducing carbon emissions and come at a time when city leaders are increasingly averse to pollution, according to Cornell University researchers. David Kay is a senior extension associate with the Community and Regional Development Institute at Cornell University and a fellow at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He says cities around the world can learn from “policy innovation” in Oxford and Paris [...] Read more