The Adirondack Park’s only four-year college is looking to expand its funding sources and boost enrollment using several grants. With about $3 million banked and $4 million more pursued, Paul Smith’s College is tracking new opportunities.
Some of their funding was awarded for their climate education.
“You can’t start to separate forestry education from climate education because if you follow the literature, we know that the Adirondacks is a big carbon sink,” Dan Kelting, president of the college, told me yesterday [Jan. 31]. “And so the Adirondacks plays a large role in regulating the carbon that’s in our atmosphere.”
There are also plans to establish a new research institute on campus. Read the story here.
Animals and the eclipse
Butterflies could take shelter, dragonflies rest and allow their blood to cool, garter snakes retreat to insulating cover in forest duff and songbirds and other day-active fliers slip into their nightly bivouacs, Ed Kanze writes.
Here are some stories I’m paying attention to:
“The Department of Energy unveiled a heavily anticipated, scaled-back regulation Monday to cut greenhouse gas emissions from stovetop cooking in the U.S., going with a compromise that pleased gas stove producers and environmentalists alike.”
“What GPT-3 told them about climate change was surprisingly accurate, according to the study: Only 2 percent of its responses went against the commonly understood facts about climate change.”
Science: Time to support Indigenous science
“After years of marginalization by Western science, regard for Indigenous knowledge is reaching high places.”
“The No.1 U.S. oil producer’s asset writedown will cost about $2.5 billion and officially end five decades of oil production off the coast of Southern California.”
Washington Post: A veteran adviser is taking over as top U.S. climate diplomat
“Podesta, now a senior adviser on clean energy and a veteran Democratic strategist, will remain at the White House rather than move to the State Department in his new role, which has not previously been reported. His new title will be senior adviser to the president for international climate policy.”
Photo at top: Fall at Paul Smith’s VIC. Photo by Chloe Bennett.
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