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Recent articles from the Cornell Chronicle:

COP students

From left, Douglas MacMartin, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Christina Yin ’18; Nathaniel Fisher ’19; U.S. Ambassador Dwight Bush ’79; Maroua Jabouri ’17; Jonathan Lambert, program assistant, Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions; and Jennifer Fownes M.S. ’17, at the COP22 meetings in Marrakech.

Ambassador to Morocco briefs COP22 students [2016-11-17] - Dwight Bush ’79, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco, spoke to Cornell students attending the 22nd Conference of the Parties – known as COP22 – an international meeting (Nov. 7-18) in Marrakech addressing the problems of climate change. Bush, appointed as ambassador by President Barack Obama in 2014, discussed Morocco as a regional leader in sustainability, with ambitious renewable energy goals and possessing some of the world’s largest solar energy installations. Read more.

Microalgae create green fuel, reduce food insecurity [2016-11-21]  - Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity, according to a study by researchers associated with the Cornell Algal Biofuel Consortium, published in the journal Oceanography (December 2016). “We may have stumbled onto the next green revolution,” said Charles H. Greene, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, and lead author of the new paper, “Marine Microalgae: Climate, Energy and Food Security From the Sea.” The study presents an overview to the concept of large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae, or ICMM for short.  Read more.

Bacterial mechanism converts nitrogen to greenhouse gas [2016-11-18]  -  Cornell researchers have discovered a biological mechanism that helps convert nitrogen-based fertilizer into nitrous oxide, an ozone-depleting greenhouse gas. The paper was published online Nov. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The first key to plugging a leak is finding the leak,” said Kyle Lancaster, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, and senior author on the research. “We now know the key to the leak and what’s leading to it. Nitrous oxide is becoming quite significant in the atmosphere, as there has been a 120 percent increase of nitrous oxide in our atmosphere since pre-industrial times.” Read more.

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