Tackling the complex environmental issues facing communities worldwide
Rising to meet the social and environmental challenges of our world requires that we work across geopolitical boundaries. As such, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment collaborates with international scientists, scholars, practitioners, and local communities to understand and innovate solutions that sustain the planet and people alike. We cultivate partnerships with governments, universities, NGOs and the private sector to, not only generate actionable science, but also build capacity in others and engage communities and decision-makers so that our science can help solve real-world problems. Examples of recent partners include foreign government agencies, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, Rainforest Alliance, EcoAgriculture Partners, ECOM, and Nespresso.
Drawing upon the broad expertise of faculty, staff, and students within our department and across campus, we embed interdisciplinary and international perspectives throughout our research, teaching, and outreach programs. In this way, we offer a diverse and rich learning environment for those concerned about international challenges related to biodiversity conservation, climate change, ecosystem services, environmental justice, sustainable development, food and water security, governance and policy, indigenous knowledge, environmental education, science communication, and the sustainable management of fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.
Featured image: A Blackburnian warbler on a coffee branch. Photo by G. Santos.
Meat alternatives could feed humans more sustainably
Lab-grown meat, food created by microorganisms and plant-based foods that mimic the taste of meat could help reduce environmental impacts of food systems, a new UN report co-authored by Cornell researchers finds.
Heat-retaining buildings and paved surfaces are directly related to a loss in bird diversity, according to a study by scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Zhejiang University in China.
Cornell doctoral candidate Bethany Jorgensen co-authored the 2022 Lanzarote Declaration – a synthesized wish list of action in anticipation of a U.N. treaty on global plastic pollution in 2024.