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Cornell faculty members can speak about coronavirus from a variety of perspectives: the science and health implications of the disease, its impact on the global economy, the science of vaccines and impact on healthcare systems, labor and specialized industries, effects on countries around the world and the broader impact the crisis is having on our daily lives.

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Despite important agricultural advancements to feed the world in the last 60 years, scientists and economists now show that global farming production has fallen behind real productivity by 21% – the equivalent of losing about seven years of farm production – all thanks to humanity hastening climate change. This according to research by Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, associate professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle

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Natalie Mahowald, professor of engineering in earth and atmospheric sciences, says, “I would not be surprised if this one bit of software changes many people’s minds about the scale of the impact of humans on the environment.”

“We’re very concerned that this announcement for very rare side effects could have a disproportionate impact in triggering and bringing fears to the surface,” says Douglas Kriner, professor of government. 

“It seems to me that this is a competition among new and old exchanges,” says Will Cong, associate professor at the SC Johnson College of Business.

Natalie Mahowald, professor in engineering, says, “What we’re seeing right now is the accumulation of mismanaged plastics just going up. Some people think it’s going to increase by tenfold [per decade]. But maybe we could solve this before it becomes a huge problem, if we manage our plastics better, before they accumulate in the environment and swirl around everywhere.” 

“I think the whole idea was to actually make a difference for these kids, that, you know, Blake Mycoskie observed this problem and he looked for a business model to try to actually help them solve it,” said Chris Marquis, professor in sustainable global enterprise, about Toms.

This article about campaigns for cities to turn out their lights to help ensure the safe migration of bird populations notes that the Lab of Ornithology has used radar data to identify abnormal bird densities. The Lab of Ornithology is also credited with estimating that 1.1 million birds’ migrations were affected by a 9/11 memorial installation in New York City over seven nights in September.