Sustainability meeting focuses on social justice, environment

December 2020

Professor Natalie Mahowald, among other Cornell sustainability leaders, spoke at the 2020 NYS Sustainability Conference that focused on connections between human health, social justice, feeding the world’s growing population, and keeping the atmosphere cool.

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Five faculty members elected AAAS fellows

November 2020

Professor Natalie Mahowald and four other Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society.

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Scientists aim to broaden knowledge of volcanoes

October 2020

A research team from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has received a $1.4 million grant from NASA to lead a study of how volcanic ash from past eruptions affected the Earth, and the potential impact of future eruptions.

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Scientists track plant diseases riding across globe with dust

July 2020

A Cornell University interdisciplinary team, including Natalie Mahowald, received a grant from NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration to better understand how plant pathogens that travel the globe with dust particles might put crops at risk, especially in places where people struggle to eat. “It’s just a fascinating combination of cross-disciplinary work that’s going to allow us to address things that no one has been able to address before,” said co-investigator Natalie Mahowald.

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Atmospheric winds carry nutrients from Africa to Amazon

August 2019

Buoyed by an atmospheric “superhighway,” smoke from lightning-sparked African savanna and forest fires deposit unexpectedly large amounts of nutrient-rich phosphorus in a river basin an ocean away. Douglas Hamilton, a Cornell postdoctoral researcher, joined Mahowald on preparing analytical models for the work, “African Biomass Burning Is a Substantial Source of Phosphorus Deposition to the Amazon, Tropical Atlantic Ocean and Southern Ocean.”

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Mahowald tapped to help frame UN report on global warming

March 2017

Natalie Mahowald, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, has been selected by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a lead author on the “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.” The report is intended to spur efforts to keep Earth within 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial era levels, with an eye toward stimulating the world’s response to climate change while balancing sustainable development and eradicating poverty. 

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NPR article on Mahowald’s 2011 Science paper on air pollution impacts on biogeochemistry

November 2011

These pollutants are called aerosols and they include soot as well as compounds of nitrogen and sulfur and other stuff into the air. Natalie Mahowald, a climate researcher at Cornell University, says so far, scientists have mostly tried to understand what those aerosols do while they’re actually in the air.

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Mahowald tapped as lead author for intergovernmental climate report

September 2010

Cornell faculty member Natalie Mahowald has been tapped to be a lead author on the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. Established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization, the IPCC is charged with providing the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.

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