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Students swap skills to seek solutions at digital ag hackathon

Mar 9, 2020

Students in fields ranging from computer science and engineering to business, agriculture and animal science convened at the second Digital Agriculture Hackathon, Feb. 28-March 1, with a shared purpose: to combine their disparate skills to brainstorm ways to make the world a better place.

The Incredibly Simple Way To Get People To Care About The Environment Better access to nature, even just your local park, helps people and the planet.

Mar 3, 2020

Keith Tidball, a researcher at Cornell University studying the intersections of people and nature, pointed out that simple civic ecology and citizen science projects, like the backyard bird counts that the National Audubon Society runs, have been increasing people’s access to nature for decades with the end goal of environmental stewardship. “Getting people involved in taking action about something is a huge motivator in getting them to spend time outside, and in turn, increases pro-environmental behaviors,” he said

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Around the world, Cornell fellows guide climate action

Feb 10, 2020

“People all over the world want to do something about the climate crisis,” said Marianne Krasny, professor of natural resources in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of the Civic Ecology Lab. “All of us have social networks and maybe we can influence those networks to take positive action on climate change.”

Aphid-munching beetle could help save hemlock forests

Jan 16, 2020

Whitmore and others are working to establish two species of insects from western North America, called silverflies, which are known to eat adelgids in spring and summer. If successfully established in eastern forests, silverflies could become “one of the most important [adelgid] predators in the north,” Whitmore says. In combination with beetles, the flies could also help control the adelgid’s spring generation farther south, Salom adds.

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