Atkinson Center Blog (Archive)

  1. CARE and TNC: Early-Career Researchers Getting Results

    March 7, 2017

    Mary Kate Wheeler presents in Lima, Peru

    Mary Kate Wheeler, a recent Dyson master’s graduate, and TNC NatureNet postdoc Shannan Sweet are getting the word out about their Atkinson-funded surveys of farmers. more...

  2. EDF Summer Interns Bridge Science and Policy

    March 6, 2017

    2016 EDF Interns

    The David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have partnered to bring together pioneering scientific research and results-focused environmental policy more...

  3. Atkinson Postdocs Tackle Global Problems

    February 28, 2017

    Push-pull farming technique

    Three new Atkinson postdoctoral fellows are launching international research on regulating the world’s food supply chain, fighting crop pests naturally, and managing road emissions for cleaner transportation more...

  4. Why Trump’s Actions Are Making Scientists Nervous

    February 10, 2017

    Protester holds sign: Climate Change Is Real

    David Lodge, Atkinson Center director and conservation biologist, and Jane Mendle, Human Development faculty share their views in Teen Vogue on Trump's actions regarding the EPA and USDA more...

  5. Monarch Research Takes Flight

    February 6, 2017

    Anurag Agrawal with butterfly

    New Yorkers witness the monarch butterfly’s epic migration to Mexico every September—but these days, fewer of the colorful travelers pass through. Nobody is sure why. Many have blamed a decline in milkweed more...

  6. Mobility and Climate Change

    January 23, 2017

    Children in refugee camp

    Mobility is the story of human and we observe it on a seasonal scale (e.g. Ababneh et al., 2001) and at the long-term scale such as in the establishment of the Americas more...

  7. Dismantling EPA Regulations Hurts Health and Economy

    December 19, 2016


    In a December op-ed in The Hill, conservation scientist Amanda Rodewald weighs in on potential policy changes at the Environmental Protection Agency and the practical costs of dismantling federal environmental regulations more...

  8. Mahowald Appointed as Faculty Director

    December 15, 2016

    Natalie Mahowald

    Natalie Mahowald, a professor in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science, will join the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future as faculty director of environment on January 1 more...

  9. Energy Smart Community

    December 12, 2016

    Electric Grid Control Room

    With an eye on a future with smaller electric bills and fewer power plants, Cornell researchers will use a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to engage energy consumers more...

  10. What Can Dead Clams Tell Us about Carbon Emissions?

    December 9, 2016

    Clamshells on the beach

    Trillions of empty clam shells in the Colorado River delta are the only evidence of a once prosperous community. Freshwater no longer reaches the delta in most years, thanks to extensive damming more...

  11. Trump's EPA Pick a Disaster for Air and Water

    December 8, 2016

    Scott Pruitt

    Fred Krupp, president of the the Environmental Defense Fund, wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News about President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency more...

  12. Build Infrastructure for the Future, Not Just Today

    December 2, 2016

    Construction workers examine sinkhole in street

    What if we considered how infrastructure investments could create greater financial and social value now and lower costs tomorrow?

    Atkinson Center Director David Lodge takes on this question in The Hill in an op-ed on how infrastructure can incorporate climate resilience and flexibility for the future more...

  13. China’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Global Value Chains

    November 21, 2016

    COP22 Panel on China's GHGs

    A side event hosted at the Japan Pavilion featured a panel discussion on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with global value chains more...

  14. Cornell Alumni Sightings at COP22

    November 19, 2016

    Dwight L. Bush

    At COP22, we were impressed and excited by the number of Big Red alums taking action against climate change in a variety of different ways more...

  15. Students at COP22: The Way Forward

    November 19, 2016

    Young Brazilian Speaker at COP22 Negotiations

    A group of students from the University of Michigan approached me at the Cornell exhibit with a simple question: what was our role at COP22 as students?  more...

  16. Increasing Capacity Building in Developing Countries

    November 18, 2016

    COP22 Panel on University Capacity Building in Developing Countries

    This morning I attended a panel on the role of university research in increasing capacity building in developing countries more...

  17. Assessing the Progress of the Bonn Challenge

    November 17, 2016

    2011 Bonn Challenge chart

    Today at COP 22, I attended the Global Launch of the Bonn Challenge Barometer. The Bonn Challenge, launched in 2011 at a high-level environmental policy conference in Bonn, Germany, is a global initiative to reforest 150 million hectares of land by 2020 more...

  18. Climate Smart Options for Urban Planning

    November 17, 2016

    UN Habitat presentation at COP22

    I report first on the session concerning urban planning and its role in addressing factors associated with climate instability more...

  19. John Kerry: Paris Agreement, Built to Last

    November 16, 2016

    John Kerry at COP22

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave an excellent and truly inspiring speech on Wednesday at COP22. His message included both optimism for global cooperation and progress on emission reduction more...

  20. The GrowSmarter Project

    November 16, 2016

    GrowSmarter plan for Barcelona

    The GrowSmarter project is an excellent example case study of a successful project aiming to transform cities for a smart and sustainable Europe. The project aims to stimulate city uptake of twelve smart solutions  more...

  21. The Other Elephant in the Room

    November 15, 2016

    COP22 - Global Carbon Budget

    A few words about the elephant in the room--and no, not that one. The Paris Agreement is an enormous step forward, but it partially decoupled the planned emissions cuts from the choice of target more...

  22. Quantitative Scientific Evidence for Loss and Damage

    November 15, 2016

    COP22 Loss & Damage Panel

    I attended a panel presentation and discussion on the role of loss and damage at the same time as negotiators were discussing whether and how this topic should be addressed by COP agreements more...

  23. Cornell Delegation Remains Strong in Week 2 of COP22

    November 15, 2016

    COP222 - Week 2 Delegates

    On Friday, November 11, Cornell representatives for the second week of COP 22 joined the first week's delegation for a day of transition more...

  24. Why Do We Need Mustaches to Be Heard?

    November 11, 2016

    Women in Mustaches at COP22

    The interaction between nongovernmental organizations and state actors at COP was fascinating to be a part of. As our booth was in the Blue Zone, government officials from across the world would come up to us and inquire into who we were and what we researched more...

  25. Climate Shock at the UN Convention in Marrakech

    November 10, 2016

    Johannes Lehmann

    We spent the evening of November 8 in a bar in the lively Menara area, in search of some food and CNN election coverage in English more...

  26. Climate Smart Agriculture, Agroecology, and Food Security

    November 10, 2016

    Allison Chatrchyan

    For the second year in a row, Cornell University held a side Event in the African Pavilion at the COP more...

  27. COP22 Beginnings

    November 9, 2016

    Allison Considine

    It first hits me 39,017 feet above Spain. I am shifting in my airplane seat, as the flight attendants deliver breakfast trays at what my body thinks is the middle of the night. I reach for my coat and glimpse the tag: “Made in Morocco.” more...

  28. Hope for Soils and Agriculture at COP22

    November 9, 2016


    The interest in soil carbon research and agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation strategies seems to have increased at the UN climate convention in Marrakech more...

  29. Are We Really Ready to Go Paperless?

    November 8, 2016


    In the Blue Zone exhibition area at COP22, there are many exhibitions by agencies, organizations, and three universities. One of them is ours more...

  30. ACSF Blog - TCAM 2016 Poster Pitch Competition

    November 4, 2016

    Crowded 2016 TCAM Poster Pitch Contest

    Faculty fellow Howard Chong's presentation on home energy conservation retrofits was awarded first place in in the Atkinson Center's 2016 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest more...

  31. Cornell-Trained Media Team Expands IUCN’s Reach

    October 6, 2016


    A Cornell-trained team of early-career researchers and professionals from 15 countries joined 10,000 delegates at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii in early September more...

  32. Lodge Named Ecological Society President

    September 26, 2016


    ACSF director David Lodge recently took office as president of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest professional society of ecologists more...

  33. Farming for Change in Malawi

    September 21, 2016


    Over 500 farmers in Malawi and Tanzania spent two weeks this summer learning strategies for adapting to climate change and improving their communities’ health and social equity. Local farmers and other partners worked with a team of researchers from Cornell more...

  34. Faculty Fellows Climb to 487

    September 19, 2016

    2016 Fellows Celebration

    The Atkinson Center introduced 42 new faculty fellows at our annual networking celebration on August 25, bringing the total count of faculty fellows to 487 more...

  35. Invasive Pythons and More in the Everglades

    September 16, 2016

    American alligator and Burmese python struggling in Everglades National Park

    A coalition of scientists, volunteers, and wildlife officials is trying to slow the spread and impact of pythons and other invasive species in the Everglades more...

  36. Shannan Sweet: Protecting NY Water Resources

    September 15, 2016

    Shannan Sweet inside melting glacier

    Upstate New York native Shannan Sweet joined the Cornell–Nature Conservancy team as a NatureNet postdoc in 2016. Working with soil ecologist David Wolfe, she is identifying climate-driven weak points in the state’s agricultural water resources more...

  37. Sustainable Seaweed?

    September 13, 2016

    Shorebird - photo: J. Morrell

    Seaweed: it’s trending with foodies as the “new kale” and showing up in soups, salads, and wraps. Eager home gardeners select organic seaweed mulches and potting soils, while farms and livestock producers use seaweed extracts to increase yield. Global seaweed aquaculture has grown 930 percent since 1980 more...

  38. Feeding More Students in Haiti

    September 6, 2016

    Girls at drinking fountain in Haiti

    The CARE-Cornell collaboration piloted a new summer internship program in 2016 that engaged four Cornell graduate students to do research with CARE country offices abroad and then return to CARE USA headquarters to share the lessons they learned. Twelve additional Atkinson Center interns worked at EDF, Oceana, and Oxfam this summer. more...

  39. Study Identifies Target for Natural Whitefly Control

    August 1, 2016

    Whitefly adults on a leaf

    Whiteflies threaten food security around the world. The tiny insects attack staple crops like beans, tomatoes, and cassava by transmitting destructive plant viruses as they feed on the plants' sugar-rich sap.

    Special bacteria passed from whitefly mothers to offspring may be key to fighting these insect pests. more...

  40. National Forests: Not Just for Timber

    July 28, 2016

    Ozark Mountains

    Our National Forests were designed for more than just resource extraction, says conservation scientist Amanda Rodewaldmore...

  41. Farm-to-Table on a City Roof

    July 21, 2016

    Tour of rooftop garden on the Brooklyn Grange

    The skyline view from Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop is delectable, but fresh organic produce from the organization’s one-acre rooftop Flagship Farm is even more delicious.

    Director David Lodge and Atkinson Center faculty fellows more...

  42. Tipping Back the Balance Toward Healthy Oceans

    July 9, 2016

    Ocean Tipping Point Creature

    Marine researchers and ACSF Faculty Fellows Drew Harvell and Maya Groner call for action toward the management of marine diseases and ocean ecosystems in their article in The Hill  more...

  43. Cornell Joins Call to Boost Ag Research Funding

    June 30, 2016


    U.S. farmers are falling behind, Cornell and 12 other leading American universities warn. A June report, “Retaking the Field,” makes a solid case for boosting federal funding more...

  44. Don’t Blame Milkweed

    June 14, 2016

    Monarch caterpillar in the field

    The monarch butterfly population has been shrinking for the past decade—and nobody is sure why. Many scientists have suspected a decline in milkweed plants, the monarch’s main source of nutrients, as the cause of the iconic butterfly’s dwindling numbers more...

  45. Cornell Researchers Educate through Books

    June 14, 2016

    Blaschka images

    Kudos to ecologists Drew Harvell and Anurag Agrawal, whose popular science books about iconic species—marine invertebrates and monarch butterflies, respectively—are bringing science to the masses with artful, image-rich stories more...

  46. Students Shape Programming at CARE and Oxfam

    June 10, 2016

    ACSF-CARE-Oxfam logos

    Cornell's Atkinson Center has again expanded its summer internship offerings. For the first time, ACSF is offering summer research fellowships with the nonprofit organizations CARE and Oxfam more...

  47. Donaghy Appointed as Faculty Director

    June 9, 2016

    Kieran Donaghy

    Kieran Donaghy, a professor in Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning, will join the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future as faculty director of economic development on July 1 more...

  48. Playing Safe: Better Nutrition for Babies in Zambia

    May 17, 2016

    Zambian children playing in playpen

    Almost one-third of babies born in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from malnutrition with lasting cognitive and developmental impacts. One definite reason is not enough nutrient-rich food. Another likely reason is the proximity of families to their livestock. more...

  49. Gifts Doubled on 2016 Giving Day

    May 9, 2016

    Cornell alumni and friends raised the bar on April 19, Cornell’s second annual Giving Day! New gifts to the Atkinson Center doubled this year. By the end of the day, we collected a total of more than $24,000 more...

  50. Faculty in Residence Expand Sustainability Conversation

    May 3, 2016

    Jack Elliot's 2016 'Animus' on the Arts Quad

    Ten Cornell faculty will be next year’s Atkinson Center faculty-in-residence fellows in the social sciences, humanities, and arts. Their sustainability projects range from an original theatrical performance that will travel to schools, to a legal study of Japanese nuclear policy more...

  51. Protecting the Environment is Critical for a Stronger America

    May 2, 2016

    EPA Water Getty

    "Gutting environmental protections is risky for our economic and physical well-being," says ACSF faculty fellow & Cornell Lab of Ornithology director of conservation science Amanda Rodewald in her article in The Hill  more...

  52. Largest Biochar Facility in U.S. Opens at Cornell

    April 12, 2016


    Turning waste into energy is not a new idea. Denmark regularly transforms tons of household garbage into heat and power, while two dozen New York farms cook cow manure in anaerobic digesters, reducing farm waste and producing biogas.

    Now, thanks to a newly installed pyrolysis unit more...

  53. Reclaiming Forest Livelihoods, Preserving Biodiversity

    April 12, 2016


    Cornell researchers are teaming up with Maya leaders to tap traditional ecological knowledge for a contemporary challenge: managing community forests in México for conservation now and livelihoods, including bee-keeping and ecotourism, far into the future. Their new approach to conservation will help traditional forest communities more...

  54. Carbon Farming Is a Zero-Risk Strategy for Curbing Climate Change

    April 4, 2016

    Cornell Soil Tillage 

    Carbon farming is "Mother Nature’s own geoengineering,” says David Wolfe, chair of ACSF's Climate Change Consortium, in The Hill  more...

  55. Grad Students Receive ACSF Biodiversity Grants

    March 8, 2016


    Nine PhD students from Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are this year’s Sustainable Biodiversity Fund grant recipients.

    These early-career scholars are carrying out cutting-edge research to preserve biodiversity more...

  56. As We Respond to Zika, Don't Forget About Unintended Consequences

    February 12, 2016


    ACSF faculty fellow and Cornell Lab of Ornithology director of conservation science Amanda Rodewald calls for a science-based approach to Zika and other global threats in her article in The Hill  more...

  57. ACSF Researchers Rethinking Wildlife Governance

    February 10, 2016


    United States wildlife governance unites diverse organizations, professionals across several sectors, and the public around the shared goal of conserving wildlife for current and future generations. Unfortunately, conservation systems and rules lack consistent objectives and often reflect outdated values more...

  58. ACSF Welcomes Three New Atkinson Postdocs

    February 9, 2016


    A soil scientist, an air pollution expert, and a sociolegal studies scholar are the newest Atkinson postdoctoral fellows. These early-career scholars will begin two-year appointments in 2016, joining four Atkinson postdocs already at work on campus. more...

  59. Native American Perspectives on Climate Change

    February 5, 2016


    Ecologist David Wolfe reports in The Hill, on his conversations with Lakota and Dakota community members about how climate change is affecting their environment. more...

  60. 2015: Year of Giving

    January 7, 2016


    In 2015, the Atkinson Center raised over $3 million from more than 100 donors. Fifty of these gifts came in on Cornell Giving Day alone! more...

  61. ACSF: Creating Opportunities

    January 6, 2016


    Cornell alum Jim Ware ’65 visited Ithaca last summer for his 50th class reunion. A former Harvard Business School professor and expert on the changing nature of work, Ware was struck by how effectively Cornell helps students and faculty think across disciplinary boundaries. more...

  62. New Era for Canine Conservation

    January 4, 2016

    Jennifer Nagashima and Nucharin Songasen with IVF puppies - Photo by Jeffrey Macmillan

    When seven puppies born at Cornell enjoyed their first romp on a grassy lawn, the cute pups were accompanied by more than the usual oohs and aahs. The first litter ever produced by in vitro fertilization, these test-tube puppies made headlines around the world in 2015. more...

  63. A Changing Climate Means a Changing Menu

    December 22, 2015

    Food service

    Coming to a menu near you...big changes, courtesy of climate change. ACSF faculty fellow Michael Hoffmann reports in The Hill  more...

  64. A Scientist's View on COP21

    December 13, 2015


    I arrived home in the Finger Lakes of New York from Paris last night, and this is my final report on my participation at COP21.  more...

  65. Serious about 1.5 Degrees? Stop Fracking!

    December 12, 2015


    Mark Hertsgaard, environmental correspondent and author, quotes Bob Howarth in his article in The Nation on the absence of fossil fuels in the latest text of the COP21 agreement.  more...

  66. The Hottest Ticket in Town

    December 11, 2015


    Last night I managed to get the hottest ticket in town: a seat at the plenary of the Comité de Paris, with Laurent Fabius presiding.  more...

  67. Carbonizing Soil and Dark Circles

    December 10, 2015


    This is not exactly my field of expertise, but as I mentioned in my previous post, I believe we aren't going to reach any minimally acceptable targets without sucking C02 out of the atmosphere.  more...

  68. COP21 with Two Days to Go

    December 9, 2015

    1.5 vs 2.0 degree warming chart

    I write this second report from my time at COP21 with a great deal of optimism. The energy here in Paris is amazing, with thousands of individuals from very diverse backgrounds working together to seriously address climate change. more...

  69. Carbon Capture and Clean Development

    December 8, 2015


    The very term "geoengineering" is controversial. I won't go into much detail here except to say that climate change is arguably the largest geoengineering project ever undertaken by humans, so it's probably better to specify "geoengineering for carbon mitigation."  more...

  70. A Humanist Reports from COP21

    December 7, 2015

    COP21 security measures


    I arrived to find Paris—contrary to all my expectations, no doubt shaped by U.S. cable news—utterly calm. No questions at customs. No police. No signs of emergency.  more...

  71. Report from Paris: COP21 at the Halfway Point

    December 6, 2015

    Large snowballs melting near COP21

    I arrived in Paris just 3 days ago, but my time here at COP21 has been filled, and it seems like a much longer period of time more...

  72. Perspectives from a Veteran COP Delegate

    December 4, 2015


    I met Aram Gabrielyan in 1996 at a UNEP conference in Riga, Latvia, when he represented Armenia at a meeting on the Montreal Protocol.  more...

  73. Getting to Work at COP21

    December 2, 2015


    President Obama ended his opening address to COP21 with a gentle prodding to delegates: “Let’s get to work!” more...

  74. World’s Leaders Came to Open COP21

    December 1, 2015


    November 30 marked a momentous occasion in France, as the French government and United Nations successfully and safely hosted the opening day of one of the largest diplomatic conferences ever organized, aside from the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York more...

  75. Supporting Birdlife and People—Together

    December 1, 2015


    Tropical rainforests are home to abundant biodiversity, but the people who live there are often malnourished and poor. Graduate student Gemara Gifford led an expedition last summer  more...

  76. A Little Bit of Upstate New York at COP21 in Paris

    November 30, 2015


    The November skies were overcast and the mood in Paris subdued as organizers scurried to make final preparations on November 29 for the start of COP21  more...

  77. NutriPhone Dials in Fast, Affordable Health Care

    November 30, 2015


    The modern medical lab is an amazing place. With just a few drops of blood, technicians can use state-of-the-art equipment to gather complex information about a person’s nutrition, monitor cholesterol levels, and screen for diseases. more...

  78. Bling for Dogs Helps Solve Global Problem

    November 23, 2015


    In many parts of the world, transmission of rabies and other diseases in free-roaming dogs is a serious health problem—and not only for the animals. more...

  79. UN Conference is Opportunity to Renew Climate Change partnership with Canada

    November 23, 2015

    Climate Change Ice

    Writing in The Hill, Amanda Rodewald says COP21 is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss to ensure a more secure and sustainable future for all  more...

  80. Business Leaders Will Bring Politicians to the Table on Climate Change

    November 2, 2015


    Writing in The Hill, David Walter Wolfe says politicians should catch up on climate change and follow the example of many business leaders -- particularly farmers -- who are already taking action  more...

  81. TCAM 2015 Sustainability Poster Competition

    October 28, 2015


    Faculty fellow Anurag Agrawal's presentation on monarch butterfly decline took first place in the Atkinson Center's 2015 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest, held on October 22 more...

  82. Agroecological Methods Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

    October 19, 2015


    Climate change is not a source of scientific contention, but how to farm in the future is a hot topic more...

  83. Aaron Iverson: Preserving Farm Biodiversity

    October 12, 2015


    Agroecologist Aaron Iverson became a NatureNet fellow at Cornell in 2015. Working with plant ecologist Alison Power, Iverson plans to develop novel forms of sustainable agriculture to help local farmers limit toxic agrochemicals and produce abundant harvests. more...

  84. Policy Summer at Oceana

    October 8, 2015


    Atkinson Center summer research fellow Azi Akpan ’16 spent July and August on Cannery Row, Monterey Bay’s historic waterfront district. As bycatch policy intern in the California offices of Oceana, the world’s largest ocean conservation organization, she contributed to a policy report on marine life more...

  85. Cresting Wave of Migrants Demands Global Response

    September 21, 2015

    >Iraq Refugees

    Reflecting on the sobering refugee crisis in the Middle East, faculty fellow and Cornell Lab of Ornithology director of conservation science Amanda Rodewald calls for action and asks: Are we ready to meet the needs of environmental migrants?  more...

  86. ACSF Tops 450 Fellows

    September 3, 2015


    Climate change. Biopolitics. World nutrition. Renewable energy. One Health. The Atkinson Center’s 2015 class of faculty fellows includes leading experts in these and many other urgent areas of sustainability research.

    Forty-nine Cornell faculty have joined us so far this year, bringing the total number of ACSF faculty fellows to 451more...

  87. Brown Tide Breakthroughs

    September 3, 2015


    From shellfish industries on the West Coast to popular beaches in New York, human health, fishing, and tourist economies are at stake wherever harmful algae thrive. In the past year alone, harmful algal blooms—also known as brown tides—forced the closure of mussel and clam fisheries from California to Washington more...

  88. Diversified Greens for Better World Nutrition

    August 31, 2015


    When Cornell horticulture professor Phillip Griffiths launched a multidisciplinary project in sub-Saharan Africa in 2012, he was not surprised to find that Kenyan communities are just as picky about their food as most Americans.

    What sets the region apart is that children and adults are frequently undernourished more...

  89. ACSF Annual Report Wins Stevie Award

    August 13, 2015


    The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future has won a prominent international business award for its 2014 annual report. The annual report received a 2015 bronze Stevie Award in the best U.S. annual report–print category. more...

  90. Focus on Foods, Not Nutrients

    August 7, 2015


    Sometimes a banana is just a banana—a good, healthy whole food, according to nutritionists. Unfortunately, most Americans have been trained to value the banana for specific nutrients, including potassium, rather than the entire package of fiber more...

  91. Words Poured: Art, Science, and the Thirsty World

    August 4, 2015


    Water—and the human impacts of abundance and scarcity—flowed in song, poetry, and a new interdisciplinary approach to the global water crisis more...

  92. Genetics Reveal Effects of Deadly Frog Fungus

    July 21, 2015


    A devastating fungal disease called chytridiomycosis is wiping out amphibian species around the world—including the charismatic Panamanian golden frog, now nearly extinct in the wild.

    Some species, like the golden frog, are especially susceptible to the deadly fungus that causes chytridiomycosis, but others can resist more...

  93. The Science and Morality of Climate Change

    July 21, 2015

    Pope Francis

    Can a shift in the climate conversation from scientific and technical grounds to morality and ethics propel us to action? Amanda Rodewald, ACSF faculty fellow and Cornell Lab of Ornithology director of conservation science, explores in The Hill  more...

  94. What Tragedy is Needed for Action on the Environment?

    July 13, 2015


    Faculty director for the environment, Alex Travis, at The Baker Institute for Animal Health, compares public awareness about environmental issues to gay marriage and the confederate flag. Is there a tipping point that will motivate collective concern and political action?  more...

  95. When the River Runs Dry

    July 6, 2015


    “What do you call a stream with no water? A wash? A gulch? An arroyo? Whatever name you prefer, get ready to use it more often,” warns NatureNet fellow Dan Auerbachmore...

  96. AVF Bee Funding Creates Buzz

    June 30, 2015


    Non-native mason bees—originally from Japan—are carrying disease-causing fungi that may be affecting closely-related native bees, according to findings by Cornell bee expert Bryan Danforth more...

  97. All Sciences Fundamental to Competitive Future

    June 25, 2015


    A bill currently on Capitol Hill proposes to promote scientific innovation by gutting funding of social sciences and geosciences—including research on human behavior, economics, and climate change. more...

  98. Ugly Foods: Only the First Step

    June 24, 2015


    “Ugly,” misshapen carrot or banana? No, thanks.

    Americans like their food to be aesthetically pleasing or “pretty,” but where most people avoid deformed fruits and vegetables, Jordan Figueiredo sees an opportunity to reduce solid waste.  more...

  99. New Gifts Spur Collaborations

    June 16, 2015


    The California-based Morgans (James and Rebecca ’60) started the ball rolling with a $1 million gift  more...