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Do more for birds, not less, Rodewald tells Congress

Amanda Rodewald, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s senior director of conservation science, testified to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources on the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Cross-class collaboration combines cloud computing with ag

In a new collaboration, students from Dairy Herd Management teamed up with students in Topics in Cloud Computing to learn how to work together to develop the kinds of digital tools that could reshape farming.

Scientists unearth green treasure – albeit rusty – in the soil

Cornell engineers may have found an environmental treasure trove – rusty though it may be – buried in the soil beneath farmers’ feet.

Wolfe offers ag fixes to ‘complex, severe’ climate change

David Wolfe, professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, told a congressional committee in a hearing on agricultural resiliency that climate change impacts have been more complex and severe than scientists had forecast three decades ago.

Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture

Projects ranging from a soil-swimming robot that can sense conditions in the root zone in real time to computational models that can predict produce spoilage received seed funds from the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture’s new Research Innovation Fund.

Lab of Ornithology debuts its first feature film

“Bird of Prey,” the first feature documentary produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, was released to the public June 13. It tells the story of the great Philippine eagle, the largest and rarest bird of prey in the world.

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Hybrid energy system could slash campus greenhouse emissions

A hybrid system using geothermal energy for both heating and electricity could reduce campus greenhouse emissions around 25% more than using it just for heating, potentially bringing Cornell close to its goal of carbon neutrality, according to new research.

Electric vehicles would be a breath of fresh air for Houston

Cornell researchers express hope for the future of Houston’s breathable air: By replacing at least 35% of the city’s gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040, Houstonians could breathe easier.

Industrial methane emissions are underreported, study finds

A Cornell-Environmental Defense Fund research team has found there is more methane being emitted from the ammonia fertilizer industry than the EPA had estimated for all industrial processes in the U.S.