SUNY ESF

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One of America’s leading environmentalists says it’s just not fair to push climate change impacts – or finding solutions – off onto the younger generations. Bill McKibben was keynote speaker today to launch Earth Week activities at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. McKibben calls it an honor to be speaking at ESF …and says young people are rallying to the cause. 

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Dozens of government, non-profit and private sector companies and organizations will be on hand at SUNY ESF Wednesday to help connect students and others to careers in the environment. John Turbeville, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Career Services at ESF, said the 16th annual networking event is their only career fair.

“This is our Super Bowl, it’s something we look forward to every single year.”

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As many as 1,000 Syracuse University and SUNY ESF students and faculty gathered for a rally and march around campus Wednesday out of concern for what might happen under a President Donald Trump.  They wanted to stand in solidarity to preserve dignity and respect for all people.

The call to action was part of a nationwide walkout from college and university classes to speak out about the fears they have.  SU junior Breanna Cooper says many people don’t feel safe.

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  One look outside at a grassy area will tell you it’s been quite dry for the past month or so.  What does that mean for forests and some of the insects that live there?  First, Dr. Rene Germain wants to make an important distinction.  He's a professor at SUNY ESF's Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management.

" We're in what we call this temporary meteorological drought."

Theodore W. Pietsch, University of Washington

What do a giant tortoise, a carnivorous plant and the fossil remains of ancient apes have in common?  They're all on the Top Ten List of New Species put out by the SUNY E-S-F International Institute for Species Exploration.   

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  A group of students from New York City is spending the week enjoying Central New York’s slower pace and environment.  The students are part of a program that might just launch them into science careers.

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  A giant helium balloon was launched from the SUNY E-S-F campus at the end of April. It was unknown if the attached pay-loader, with a computer, camera and science experiments inside, would ever be found.  That's until a hiker came across the module in a swamp near Cortland.  

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A small group of SUNY ESF students marked Earth Day by using their ears.  WAER tagged along with a microphone to gather what they heard during their "soundwalk." The four students walked silently around campus, taking in natural and man-made sounds.  Junior Jordan C’Dealva-Lenik says it’s the final element of a semester-long project based on a sense of place…

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  For the next two weeks you can tell New York State wildlife officials just what birds, fish, turtles, insects and other creatures need help surviving.  One local scientist is reflecting on the importance of the “List of Species of Greatest Concern”.

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Advancements in using biomass technology for heat were front and center Wednesday at SUNY ESF for the second annual National Bioenergy Day. The event was held with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which seeks to find ways to incorporate renewable heating methods into everyday living. 

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