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Cars submerged in flood waters.

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Packed with an historically massive amount of tropical water, the remnants from Category 4 Hurricane Ida deluged eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City with unmatched rainfall on Sept. 1.
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Northeast Regional Climate Center
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
A right whale breaches the surface

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Without improving its management, the right whale populations will decline and potentially become extinct in the coming decades, according to a Cornell- and University of South Carolina-led report in the Sept. 1 journal Oceanography. “Most of...
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Animals
  • Environment
Ripple in water

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Eleven development scholars and practitioners will address some of the world’s most urgent challenges — from racial and gender inequalities to climate change and resilient food security — in a new seminar series confronting perceptions about...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
 Margaret Ball tending to plants growing in a tray in a grow room.

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Judiciously decomposing organic matter from 700 degrees Fahrenheit to 1,200 degrees F, without oxygen – a process known as pyrolysis, very different from incineration – and retaining nutrients from dairy lagoons can transform manure into a...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Agriculture
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A man deploying a sound recorder in the rainforest

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Elephant project recordings evoke the rainforest
ELP researchers, in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society, use remote recording units to capture the entire soundscape of a Congolese rainforest. Their targets are vocalizations from endangered African forest elephants, but they...
  • Lab of Ornithology
  • Animals
  • Environment
 Olivia Graham examines a seagrass meadow at low tide on the San Juan Islands

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To seek solutions, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences and Environmental Biology awarded a four-year, $2.5 million grant to Drew Harvell, professor emeritus in ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of...
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Biology

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Communities of all kinds are rocked by environmental issues that test their fortitude and adaptability. Shorna B. Allred, Natural Resources and the Environment, wants to help them build resilience to these shocks. Her own experience growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas in a county with 30 petrochemical and oil refineries has a lot to do with that.

  • Department of Global Development
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Environment