When it comes to communicating climate risks, Jamie Herring Ph.D.’07, president of Habitat Seven, thinks that climate data can be used to make people feel closer to the impact of climate change and thus to urge them to act.
Last week, researchers at the Cornell University Biological Field Station may have set a new mark for the largest fish ever recorded from Oneida Lake. A netting survey for lake sturgeon resulted in the tagging and release of a 139 pound sturgeon, the largest sturgeon handled since the sturgeon netting survey began 17 years ago in 2002, and possibly the largest fish ever documented in Oneida Lake.
Natural resources doctoral student Anne Armstrong discussed her book, Communicating Climate Change: A Guide for Educators, in episode 28 of the Talaterra podcast. A few of the topics covered were field experiences that inspired the book, methods environmental educators can use to facilitate discussions about climate change, and resources that can be used to develop climate change-based programs.
"Starting with the basics of climate science and climate change public opinion, the authors synthesize research from environmental psychology and climate change communication, weaving in examples of environmental education applications throughout this practical book. Each chapter covers a separate topic, from how environmental psychology explains the complex ways in which people interact with climate change information to communication strategies with a focus on framing, metaphors, and messengers. This broad set of topics will aid educators in formulating program language for their classrooms at all levels. Environmental education, the book demonstrates, is an important player in fostering positive climate change dialogue and action." Michael Svoboda
Dr. Richard Stedman will receive the 2019 Excellence in Research Award from the Royal Sociological Society for his contributions to the understanding of place attachment, resilience, and social construction of nature spanning rural areas of the northern United States, Canada, Scandinavia, and beyond. Dr. Stedman's work exemplifies the tradition of interdisciplinary research within the field of natural resource sociology.
Natural Resources 2100 is an outdoor field course exclusively for Environmental and Sustainability Science majors in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. During the course, students take brief field trips around Ithaca twice a week to learn about different aspects of environmental science such as ornithology, forestry, dendrochronology and lessons on invasive plants.
Thirty-five Cornell Climate Online Fellows from 26 countries are trying an experiment where together, they decide to take climate action, identify a social network, and try to convince their social networks to take action alongside them using the nonprofit Drawdown's list of 100 actions to reduce greenhouse gases.
The Cornell China Center has announced eight China Innovation Awards to interdisciplinary teams of Cornell faculty. The winning projects were selected from among 34 proposals submitted by faculty leaders across 47 departments, centers and programs in Cornell’s colleges and schools. Our own Marianne Krasny and Yue Li were awarded the one such grant: "Environment and Education Sustainable Development Goals: Building Capacity for Local Environmental Practice Through Online Learning in China."
Despite recent societal efforts to ban straws and grocery bags, plastic continues to be one of the leading source of global pollution. To combat this long running problem, Bethany Jorgensen, ecology grad and DNR Graduate Student, decided that instead of traditional scientific practice, a combination of social media, art and technology is the solution.