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'The Bridge' tackles growing need for resilient infrastructure

The severity and far-ranging consequences of megadisasters are establishing a new normal for natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires—and a corresponding challenge to the engineering profession to help develop the resilient infrastructure needed to reduce their impact, writes Tom O'Rourke in the latest issue of The Bridge, a publication of the National Academy of Engineering. O'Rourke, the Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is guest editor for the July 1, 2019, issue, which tackles the rapidly growing need for... Read more

Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture

Projects ranging from a soil-swimming robot that can sense conditions in the root zone in real time to computational models that can predict produce spoilage received seed funds from the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture’s new Research Innovation Fund. Read more

Oliver Gao, front, and Shuai Pan pore over research that shows that by replacing at least 35% of Houston’s gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040, Houstonians could breathe easier.

Electric vehicles would be a breath of fresh air for Houston

By: Blaine Friedlander

The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report released in April ranked Houston ninth nationally for worst ozone pollution and 17th for particle pollution. But Cornell researchers express hope for the future of Houston’s breathable air: By replacing at least 35% of Houston’s gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040, Houstonians could breathe easier, live longer and enjoy a better economy. “The built environment plays a significant role in affecting our daily life and health,” said H. Oliver Gao, professor of civil and environmental engineering and senior... Read more

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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