A team of Cornell researchers led by Dr. Ariel Ortiz-Bobea was one of eight Honorable Mention Winners in the World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge, for their proposal “A data-driven tracking tool dedicated to increasing climate change resilience.” The proposal included researchers from the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions, and aimed to build a global scale statistical model that would estimate predictive system of agricultural production and climate resilience by harnessing and synthesizing a wealth of global datasets from multiple sources and scales. The team is proud to have been named as an Honorable Mention Winner from the World Bank, and will be seeking out other organizations for resubmission of our project for funding.
January 8, 2015 – CICCA Director, Allison Chatrchyan, announced that the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will participate in the New York State Agricultural Society’s 183rd Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum, co-sponsored with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum is one of the largest agricultural meetings in the state, with nearly 500 attendees expected to attend. The event will take place on January 8, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY.
According to the organization’s website, “the Department of Agriculture and Markets is honored to once again partner with the New York State Agricultural Society for the 183rd Annual Meeting and Agricultural Forum,” said Commissioner Ball. “This event does an extraordinary job of bringing the right people together to listen and learn about the future of our state’s prosperous agricultural sector.” The renowned keynote speaker, Dr. David Kohl, will engage attendees in a discussion about diversification, as well as several New York farmers who will share their own stories.
CICCA will be providing a display table and materials from Cornell University on “Climate Smart Farming,” including Cornell climate change fact sheets, climate smart farming videos, and links to Best Management Practices and Resources. For more details, see: http://www.nysagsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2015-Forum.pdf.
Belief in climate change doesn’t always lead to action
Cornell researchers have set out to identify factors that may motivate Americans to mobilize for grassroots action on climate change. Local climate change consequences, such as beach erosion, motivate people more than distant one.
Americans are undergoing a significant shift in thinking about climate change, but rising public awareness of a warming climate has not translated into action, according to new survey research.
In the recent 2014 Empire State Poll, 82 percent of New Yorkers say they believe climate change is happening. Downstate New Yorkers are even more convinced – 86 percent say climate change is real. However, less than 1 percent of the 800 New York state residents polled think climate change is the most important issue facing the state, and less than 20 percent would be willing to take political action.
With support from the Atkinson Center’s Rapid Response Fund, a multidisciplinary team of Cornell researchers set out to identify factors that may motivate Americans to mobilize for grassroots action on climate change. Mobilizing could include voting, serving on boards, contributing money, attending marches or demonstrations, and other forms of political participation and activism.
The researchers led by Shorna Allred, associate professor of natural resources, supplied the Empire State Poll with 19 survey questions. The questions explored relationships among belief in climate change, the respondent’s location and personal experience of climate change effects and willingness to take action against future climate change threats. The annual poll is administered by the Survey Research Institute at Cornell.
“We conducted this research because we think it is vital to understand thresholds for taking action on climate change – essentially, what it would take for people to act politically for climate change,” said Allred. “Climate change is a defining issue of this century, and sustained civil society mobilization is needed to create meaningful political change that results in large-scale climate mitigation and adaptation.”
Investigators include Allison Chatrchyan, Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture (CICCA); Mike Hoffmann, CUAES and CICCA; Drew Margolin, communication; Katherine McComas; and Wolford, development sociology.