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See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.


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Upstate residents skittish on building utility-scale solar
As New York prepares for a carbon-free energy future, public support for utility-scale solar farms is much lower than support for smaller solar projects, says new Cornell research.
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Behavior
  • Energy
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Cornell experts from a variety of fields share their recommendations for individual actions – large and small – that can make an impact locally and globally.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
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Three Cornell undergrads collaborated on an interdisciplinary class project in Spring 2020. The experience changed their academic trajectories.
  • Department of Communication
  • Behavior
  • Communication
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Cornell researchers are engineering bacteria to solve challenges of extracting rare earth elements from ore; the substances are vital for modern life but refining them after mining is costly, harms the environment and mostly occurs abroad.
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Energy
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Four Cornell faculty testified to the NYS Assembly Oct. 27 on how firing up once-shuttered carbon-based power plants – to process cryptocurrency – could pause environmental progress.
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Energy

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Perspectives in International Development Seminar Series: Spring 2021 The agri-food system of today will have to evolve to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, and more beyond. What are the lessons from the past in exercising leadership...
  • global development
  • Department of Global Development
  • agriculture
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Co-sponsored by Cornell CALS and the New York Farm Bureau The pandemic has had a devastating impact on many New York farmers. While the full economic impact of COVID-19 and USDA assistance is yet to be fully understood, this online forum...
  • food
  • Agriculture
  • Applied Economics