Posted by: Dan | February 13, 2007

Cornell and Climate Neutrality

Cornell University President David Skorton, last week, signed a letter endorsing student efforts to achieve ‘Climate Neutrality’.

Cornell University endorses the efforts of the students of KyotoNow to gain support for climate neutrality at all Ivy League Institutions. In particular, we agree that universities such as Cornell have a responsibility to lead the way in reducing carbon emissions, encouraging renewable energy sources, undertaking the research to find effective solutions, educating the next generation of leaders and professionals to help society neutralize this threat and facilitating stakeholder involvement as stated in the resolution’s preamble.

KyotoNOW! is a student group working towards climate actions such as renewable energies, energy efficiency, and public education and awareness. The group was founded with the intention of getting Cornell’s administration to committ to Kyoto standards for carbon emissions through grassroots action.

I’m not sure what, if anything, can be done to halt (or even slow) global warming – I think that whatever we attempt, we’ll have to get used to a shifting climate. (that’s just my non-expert understanding of geophysics speaking) But one thing I do know is that advocating action on a near-hopeless goal (i.e. halting global warming) is far better than passive acceptance. These kids are trying to create some change, and good for them.



  1. Ithaca, N.Y., invites teachers to visit

    And just in time for the Chili cookoff

  2. On way to reduce climate change is to separate the organic fraction form waste materials and then frement it in an anaerobic digestor. This produces methane gas, and the methane used is great form power generation or bio-fuel/bio-ethanol production.

    Anaerobic digestion provides digestion of organic wastes which produces methane gas. The methane produced is then used to power a gas engine or turbine and generate electricity. The ” renewable” energy derived electricity produced is about 5 times more than is consumed by the plant during the process. The power can be used to replace power which would otherwise have to have been generated by fossil fuels.

    The process is not just carbon neutral, it is carbon positve reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere. What a great way to reduce climate change!?

    By products are produced which are solid and liquid. The solid materialis fibrous and a good soil improver, which also slowly releases soil nutirents. The liquid can be used as a fertiliser.


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