Rawlings credits students for driving climate action
Interim President Hunter Rawlings gave students credit for propelling the university into action at the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee annual summit Nov. 10.
“During my years as president – the first time – the students of Kyoto Now, now known as Climate Justice Cornell, pushed us – so you see this started with students really – pushed us to try harder to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rawlings in his keynote address.
Rawlings said Cornell students “show a tremendous awareness of sustainability issues … and they show a steadily increasing passion toward sustainability as part of their studies and, more importantly, as part of their lives.”
More recent climate change news from the Cornell Chronicle:
Soil scientist speaks on land degradation at COP22 [2016-11-10] - In a presentation to global leaders battling issues of climate change and feeding a burgeoning world population, Dawit Solomon, Cornell senior research associate in crop and soil science, explained food security solutions – such as adding biochar to poor agricultural soil – to combat Earth’s atmospheric warming.
Grant to aid study of microbes’ role in soil carbon cycle [2016-11-10] - Microorganisms in the soil produce about seven times more carbon dioxide (CO2) every year than all human sources combined. Ideally, the release of CO2 from soils is balanced by CO2 consumed by plants. Very little is known about soil microbes or how they will respond to climate and environmental changes. A project led by Cornell researchers to better understand soil microbes and their role in the carbon cycle has received a three-year, $3.59 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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