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Sophomore Johannes Berghahn writes about the potential risks of having the Callery pear tree planted around campus.

Commentary: Beauty does not outweigh the risks of the Callery pear tree

By Johannes Berghahn April 23, 2024
The Callery pear tree, Pyrus calleryana, also known as the Bradford pear is a cultivated species of pear tree native to eastern China. It was brought to the United States as an ornamental landscape tree in the early 1900s and its widespread planting began in the post-World War boom in the 1960s. The tree has been prized for its showy white early-spring flowers. But do not get too close, as the flower's smell is unpleasant and is often cited as smelling like rotting fish or semen. 
Sophomore Caitlyn ODell writes about  the importance of making improvements to public transportation to foster a more environmentally-friendly world.

Commentary: Accessible public transportation is key to addressing environmental issues

By Caitlyn O'Dell April 3, 2024
Climate change poses a severe threat to the planet, evident in unpredictable weather patterns during seasonal transitions. As awareness of these changes grows, so does the realization of the need for action to reduce our impact on the environment. One prominent discussion revolves around reducing vehicle emissions, which not only contribute to atmospheric risks like ozone, methane and carbon monoxide, but also raise broader public health concerns related to air and noise pollution.
Junior Nandini Agarwal writes about the importance of looking at the intersection of societal systems and the environment.

Commentary: Environmental issues cannot be seen in isolation

By Nandini Agarwal February 27, 2024
I have had to develop the awareness of the connectedness of our political, social, economic and environmental lives to understand how I can be a better environmentalist.
On June 6 the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a statewide air quality health advisory for fine particulates carried in smoke from Canada wildfires. The entire Northeast United States was affected and residents were advised to stay inside.

Canada wildfires cause air quality issues across Northeast US

By Kai Lincke, Assistant News Editor June 11, 2023
Students remaining in Ithaca for the summer woke up to a yellow haze and a burning smell June 6, which lingered for several days as smoke from Canadian wildfires moved through the Northeast.
Senior Elijah de Castro, senior writer and former News and Life & Culture editor, discusses the importance of action instead of simply hoping for improvement.

Commentary: Hope is not a solution to crises like climate change

By Elijah de Castro April 26, 2023
not to say that believing in a better world is a waste of time — we certainly need to know what kind of world we want before we try to change it.
Daphne Frias, a youth activist who focuses on the intersectionality of climate change and disability, spoke as a keynote speaker during Ithaca College’s Sustainability Week about the necessity of social media to influence people to care and educate themselves about the climate crisis. 

Youth activist discusses climate change and disability

By Vivian Rose, Staff Writer April 24, 2023
Daphne Frias spoke about the necessity of social media to influence people to care about the climate crisis during Sustainability Week. 
Editorial: Excess food must not end up in overflowing landfills

Editorial: Excess food must not end up in overflowing landfills

By The Ithacan April 19, 2023
Food donations could potentially improve food insecurity problems, which kills five to 13 people per minute.
Editorial: Electric vehicle chargers have little sustainability

Editorial: Electric vehicle chargers have little sustainability

By The Ithacan April 5, 2023
The college should not halt on the installation of more EV chargers but should be mindful of the effects that EV chargers have on the environment.
Letter to the Editor: Retired Associate Director responds to commentary

Letter to the Editor: Retired Associate Director responds to commentary

By Maura Stephens March 1, 2023
Dr. Fae Dremock’s essay, “The lives that IC administration chainsaw massacred,” is a sad tale — and cautionary, if anyone is paying attention.
Different regions of New York have experienced varying amounts of snow this winter. However, despite consistent snowfall in Ithaca, other factors indicate climate change in the area.

Climate change affects New York State and Ithaca winter

By Vivian Rose, Staff Writer February 15, 2023
Regions of New York have experienced varying amounts of snow this winter. Despite consistent snowfall in Ithaca, factors indicate climate change.
Senior Theo Summerville uses his background as an environmental researcher to emphasize the effects of climate change. He believes in conscious consumption.

Commentary: Our decisions have a large impact on climate change

By Theo Summerville December 7, 2022
Climate change. Global warming. Whatever you want to call it. It is one of the biggest problems that humanity faces today.
Joel Malina, Cornell University’s vice president of university relations, said TCAT did not justify the financial contribution increase of 8% and said TCAT already has enough funding, so the university would not comply with the larger increase. 

TCAT awarded state funding for electric mobility project

By Syd Pierre, News Editor November 30, 2022
TCAT was awarded $7 million from the New York Clean Transportation Prize program for its participation in the Electric Mobility challenge. 
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