Cornell, global partners discuss the next ‘grand challenge’

More than 300 faculty, staff and students from Cornell and the new Cornell Global Hubs gathered Nov. 16-17 to discuss ideas for the next universitywide Global Grand Challenge.

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Student prods COP27 to include youth in climate solutions

Kehkashan Basu, an MBA student at the Johnson School, hopes to kindle positive global change. She moderated the first roundtable meeting between government officials and youth at COP27.

To prevent the next pandemic, restore wildlife habitats

Preserving and restoring natural habitats could prevent pathogens that originate in wildlife from spilling over into domesticated animals and humans, according to two new companion studies.

Autonomous robots to help modernize grape, wine industry

The robots will roll through vineyards and gather data to allow breeders and growers to evaluate their crop leaf by leaf, in real time, down to the chemical level.

Innovative financing supports regenerative agriculture

A new project will directly pay farmers for the ecosystem services they provide, such as cleaner water, healthier soils and increased biodiversity.

Professor tells COP27 to move faster on energy transition

At COP27 meeting in Egypt, Engineering Professor Semida Silveira delivered a United Nations working group statement to accelerate global net-zero carbon emissions principles.

Local floodplain home buyouts can inform federal plans

Cornell researchers compared federal floodplain home buyout policies with regional programs, showing that local strategies may make these acquisitions more equitable and effective.

Food pantry access worth billions nationally, study finds

Research by Cornell and the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the first estimates of food pantries' economic value to families, highlighting their important role in addressing food insecurity.

Projects to support NYS economy, farms, communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $3.8 million in funding to the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station to support more than 50 projects across three colleges.