Biodegradable medical gowns may add to greenhouse gas

Due to faster decomposition, disposable and plasticized biodegradable medical gowns introduce greenhouse gas discharge problems in landfills, according to new Cornell engineering research.

Soil health summit connects farmers, researchers, policymakers

Cornell hosted the second New York Soil Health Summit Dec. 13, bringing together those who aim to assist growers in mitigating and adapting to climate change while protecting farmer livelihoods and rural economies.

Library-lending partnership gets a reboot

Borrow Direct takes a giant leap forward with open-source software.

Around Cornell

Doctoral student co-authors global plastics declaration

Cornell doctoral candidate Bethany Jorgensen co-authored the 2022 Lanzarote Declaration – a synthesized wish list of action in anticipation of a U.N. treaty on global plastic pollution in 2024.

Cornell leads $3M project to grow organic dry bean industry

Cornell AgriTech is leading a multidisciplinary research project to increase the sustainability of the organic dry bean industry in the Northeast and upper Midwest by overcoming production challenges while developing improved management practices that build soil health and resilience to climate change. 

Electric car sales drive toward cleaner air, less mortality

The continued sales growth of electric passenger vehicles will be having a greener, cleaner influence on air pollution in most metro U.S. regions, all the while reducing human death by mid-century.

Sustainability students bring dead solar panels back to life

Using polyurethane, resin, epoxy – and gallons of wit – the Solar Panel Reboot student team, part of the Cornell University Sustainability Design, provides an afterlife to old, broken photovoltaic boards.

Drew Harvell named US Science Envoy by State Department

Drew Harvell, professor emerita of ecology and evolutionary biology who studies sustainable marine biodiversity, is one of seven U.S. researchers named 2023 U.S. Science Envoys by the Department of State.

Staff News

Students design robot to collect microplastics from beaches

The robot’s layered filtration system will gather tiny bits of plastic the size of a sesame seed and smaller, which contaminate ecosystems and damage human and animal health.