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Tapping Traditional Wisdom to Cope with Climate Change [Inside Science 2017-03-28] - From the mountains of Tajikistan to Standing Rock in the Dakotas, scientists are collaborating with indigenous people to study climate change and predict the future. ”The irony of climate change is that the people that are at the vanguard of climate change are the people who did not contribute to it,” says Karim-Aly Kassam, a human ecologist at Cornell University. Kassam is part of a Cornell team helping communities in Asia’s Pamir Mountains recalibrate their seasonal-indicator ecological calendars to reckon the future effects of climate change. Read more.
In other recent news:Microalgae could play key role in relieving climate warming [Cornell Chronicle 2017-03-28] - Think better living through marine microalgae, as it may become crucial to mitigate atmospheric greenhouse gases, reduce carbon dioxide emissions from commercial agriculture and steady the global climate, Although more solar farms, wind turbines and hydro systems are creating fossil-free electricity, Charles H. Greene, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, reminds us that aircraft and ships still require liquid fuels. In a green way, biofuels made from marine microalgae could wean industrialized society from carbon-based fossil fuels, according to this new report, “Geoengineering, Marine Microalgae and Climate Stabilization in the 21st Century.” Read more.
Cornell leaders discuss Earth Source Heat at Ithaca forum [Cornell Chronicle 2017-03-30] - Members of Cornell’s Senior Leaders Climate Action Group (SLCAG) presented highlights of their report, “Options for Achieving a Carbon Neutral Campus by 2035,” at a public meeting March 28 in downtown Ithaca. Cornell’s large campus and northeastern location present challenges to achieving carbon neutrality. In its report, the group considered sustainable energy technologies and a multipronged approach to reducing demand and increasing supply. SCLAG ultimately recommended moving ahead with enhanced geothermal, wind, water, solar and biomass. Read more.
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