In the news: Students take to Capitol Hill and more
Students share tales of global climate change on Capitol Hill [Cornell Chronicle 2017-04-04] - After traveling through Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in January, examining climate change through the lens of another country, four Cornell students toured the halls of Congress in late March to tell legislators all about it. “Society is facing huge problems with a changing climate, and it’s important to remind representatives that their actions not only affect Americans and the world today, but these actions can have long-lasting implications for future generations,” said Kerry Mullins ’18, one of the students on the trip.
Survey details impact of 2016 drought on New York farming [Cornell Chronicle 2017-04-06] - A survey of more than 200 New York farmers late last summer – during the worst drought in two generations – found that more than 70 percent of unirrigated, rain-fed field crops and pasture acreage had losses between 30 and 90 percent, according to a new report published by the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions. “New York’s farmers have asked if they should expect more dry summers like the one we had in 2016. The answer is: We don’t know,” said Shannan Sweet, a postdoctoral associate in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, working with David Wolfe, professor of horticulture. “Climate scientists forecast that the number of frost-free days will continue to increase and summers will be getting warmer, increasing water demand for crops.”
Engineer Max Zhang awarded Engaged Scholar Prize [Cornell Chronicle 2017-04-06] - Max Zhang, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who has devoted his career to the development of sustainable communities, is the recipient of Cornell’s second annual Engaged Scholar Prize, Vice Provost Judith Appleton announced April 6. Zhang directs the Energy and the Environment Research Laboratory (EERL) and is a fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. His current research is supported by agencies such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the National Science Foundation.
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