Cornell Launches Free Climate Change Course Online — September 11-October 1, 2017

FREE Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action Online Course
Course Dates: September 11-October 1, 2017
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You will learn about basic climate change science, impacts, communication strategies, and actions. You will participate in weekly online discussions and complete short quizzes and compete a final project in which you apply what you have learned to your work (e.g., develop a short plan for an educational program). Plan on an average of 3-4 hours a week of work during the course. We encourage you to form a team of colleagues or friends to take the course together. Course Delivery. Course material will be delivered via video lecture and readings. Course participants may complete assignments alone or with other students. You can access course lectures and readings at any time during the course, but we encourage you to keep up with the assignments for any one week. This course will use the learning management software Canvas for all videos, readings, assignments, and discussions. We will use a closed Facebook group as an optional discussion platform where course instructors and participants can post resources, pose questions, and “meet” others with similar interests.

Benefits to the Learner You will learn about climate change science, communication, and action from experts and apply this knowledge to local climate action projects. You will also have the opportunity to share your ideas and projects with other participants and learn from each other. You can use the materials for proposal writing, program development, and to enhance your career.

Cooperative Extension Educators, Master Volunteers, state and local government, land trusts and other non-profits, Cornell students and staff, and others interested in an introduction to climate change science and how to communicate effectively about this important topic.

Cost: Free

Achievement Certificate awarded to those who complete course weekly assignments. Expert certificate awarded to those who complete weekly assignments and final project.

Course Objectives.
Participants will:

  1. Increase their understanding of the basics of climate change science and communication and action strategies.
  2. Make new connections and share resources as part of an online network of Extension educators, master volunteers, university students and employees, and other professionals, volunteers, and interested individuals.
  3. Enhance climate-related education and actions with youth, students, private land-owners, gardeners, master volunteers, municipal officials, colleagues, and others.

NSF Funds Project to Create Commercial Fertilizer Out of Wastewater Nutrients

Read the full story from the University of Arkansas.

A $2.4 million award from the National Science Foundation will enable a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Arkansas and their colleagues at two other institutions to develop a chemical process that converts nitrogen and phosphorous from wastewater into commercial fertilizer.

The goal of the project is to make an energy-efficient fertilizer that competes with conventional, commercially available fertilizers.

Measurement, Motivations And Opportunities To Waste Less Food

Read the full story in Biocycle.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality releases findings on psychological, socio-economic and structural drivers that contribute to generation of preventable wasted food in households.

Report highlights farm manure pollution in four PA counties

Read the full story in Bay Journal.

With Pennsylvania lagging badly in helping to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, a new report by an environmental group highlights the role that intensive livestock farming plays in the state’s shortcoming.

Four south-central Pennsylvania counties where animal manure is heavily used to fertilize crops “contribute disproportionately” to the nitrogen and phosphorus pollution fouling local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, according to the report by the Environmental Integrity Project.

Nutrient Stewardship Demands Data Stewardship

Read the full story at CropLife.

This summer, the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) participated in a symposium on data stewardship, at the Soil and Water Conservation Society’s annual meeting in Madison, WI. The IPNI and its partners are increasingly seeing the need for doing a better job of stewarding the evidence base that supports 4R Nutrient Stewardship. In this article we attempt to point out what you as an agri-retailer might be looking for as you improve the evidence base for your nutrient management recommendations that influence grower decisions.

New Study Reveals Journalists Have a Hand in Controlling Public Engagement with Climate Change

Read the full story from the Society for Risk Analysis.

Could fear and hope hold the key to building support for public climate change policies? News articles that stir these emotions could influence support for regulations meant to curb climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Risk Analysis: An International Journal.

The study, “Is there any hope? How climate change news imagery and text influence audience emotions and support for climate mitigation policies,” found that Americans across the political spectrum are more likely to support policies designed to mitigate climate change after viewing news articles and images that inspire hope. Articles that provoked fear, on the other hand, encouraged people to be more willing to compromise on the issue, particularly conservatives who are less likely to support climate change policies. Anger had the opposite effect, spurring people to stick to their beliefs and remain divided down political lines.

Urban Trees Save Megacities $500 Million a Year

Read the full story at e360 Digest.

Trees in urban areas save megacities more than $500 million a year in public health costs, energy expenses, and environmental protection, according to a recent study in the journal Ecological Modeling.