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Climate study warns of vanishing safety window—here’s why

National Geographic By Stephen Leahy Published March 12, 2019 Millions of possible scenarios were analyzed, and only a few are acceptable, the scientists said. A NEW SCIENTIFIC analysis of millions of possible climate futures found only a narrow window to keeping global warming to levels the international community has deemed safe. Out of 5.2 million possible climate futures, carbon emissions must reach zero by 2030 in every country in the world if we are to stay at less than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) by 2100 of warming, the target set by the United Nations to avoid the worst... Read more

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Cornell Engineering among best in U.S. News grad school rankings

Cornell Engineering ranks #14 among engineering colleges in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released on March 12, 2019. Cornell also ranked highly in 11 specialty rankings: #12 Aerospace Engineering #03 Biological/Agricultural Engineering #14 Biomedical Engineering #18 Chemical Engineering #11 Civil Engineering #09 Computer Engineering #09 Electrical Engineering #10 Environmental Engineering #09 Industrial/Systems Engineering #08 Materials Engineering #08 Mechanical Engineering Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted... Read more

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Robust abatement pathways to tolerable climate futures require immediate global action

"Aggressive and immediate investments in reducing carbon dioxide emissions are key for securing a tolerable climate for future generations," said Lead Author Prof. Jonathan Lamontagne, (former CEE Postdoc and CEE Alumn). CEE Prof. Patrick Reed also contributed to this article "Robust abatement pathways to tolerable climate futures require immediate global action" published in Nature, March 11, 2019. A new comprehensive study of climate change has painted over 5 million pictures of humanity’s potential futures, and few foretell an Earth that has not severely warmed. But with immediate action... Read more

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Schumer, Gillibrand announce $1.4 million for Cornell for transportation research

From The Ithaca Journal, Thomas Giery Pudney, Published 12:59 p.m. ET Feb. 14, 2019 U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand on Thursday announced $1.4 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for Cornell University to continue leading the Transportation, Environment, and Community Health Center. “This grant will enable Cornell University and its new transportation center to continue producing game-changing research on the technology that could preserve our environment and protect our communities from harmful pollutants,” Schumer said. “Modernizing America’s infrastructure... Read more

Richard E. Schuler

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Richard E. Schuler, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering and economics at Cornell University. He passed away on Wednesday, February 13, at the age of 81. Dick grew up in Allentown PA, where he met and married Mary, his beloved wife of 56 years. Dick cherished his family and children, including his son Rick Schuler (Natalie), daughter Anne Schuler and daughter Judy Miller (Joel). Dick was the proud grandfather of Max (Tatyana), Nikhon and John Schuler and Jake, Cassie, Elizabeth and Zach Miller. He will be remembered by... Read more

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‘Deep tech’ innovations require industry partnerships

By: By Melanie Lefkowitz, Cornell Chronicle

Creating new opportunities for industry partnerships and increasing engagement with the world beyond the lab could help researchers make a broader impact and meet grand challenges, said speakers at the “Deep Tech Eats Social Media for Lunch” panel, held Jan. 28 in the Upson Hall lounge. “As we all know, venture capitalists are often investing in safe software technology [rather] than more ‘moonshot’ and more ambitious ventures,” said Andrea Ippolito ’06, M.Eng ’07, executive director of the Engineering Management Program, who moderated the panel. “But a piece of software alone won’t remove CO2... Read more

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Dean Collins, Prof. O'Rourke collaborate with Columbia Engineering on L Train Tunnel project

CEE Professor Tom O’Rourke along with Dean Lance Collins were among the engineering experts brought in to re-engineer the L Train Tunnel project. Last month O’Rourke and Collins toured the L Train's Canarsie Tunnel with Governor Cuomo and along with experts from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. On January 3, 2019, at a press conference O’Rourke, Collins and experts from Columbia recommended a series of “a series of innovative engineering methods to streamline the required repair work and limit the impact on L Train service.” Professor Tom O’Rourke... Read more

Researchers seek alternatives to Mekong River hydropower dam

By: David Nutt

The Mekong River, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is a hotbed of ecological diversity. The roughly 60 million people who live in the region, many in poverty, depend on the river and its tributaries for food and income. But a surge in hydropower projects is threatening to plunge the Mekong River basin into catastrophic ecological collapse, hampering the flow of fish, nutrients and sediment, unless a viable alternative is found. Enter Thomas Wild, Ph.D. ’14, who as an Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future... Read more

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CEE Professor Emeritus Wilfried Brutsaert wins the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water

CEE Professor Emeritus Wilfried Brutsaert was awarded the prestigious 8th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in the Surface Water category. The awards ceremony occurred this past Monday, October 29, 2018 in New York City. According to the PSIPW website,“Dr. Brutsaert’s work develops, demonstrates, and validates a new theory that can generate unprecedented estimates of evaporation from the natural landscape, with successful applications in numerous locations. Evaporation is one of the most complex of all hydrologic processes, and its accurate estimation is a continuous... Read more