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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 23-May-2019

Climate Change News and Experts for Media

Newswise provides experts for the media on hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters, as well as the latest research in Environmental Science and Climate Science.

Scientific Evidence Boosts Action for Activists, Decreases Action for Scientists

When a proposed policy has the backing of scientific evidence, it may boost the likelihood that activists will get involved with the issue. However, references to scientific evidence seem to dampen the activism of scientific experts, according to re...

– Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Journal of Behavioral Public Administration

Counter-intuitive climate change solution

A relatively simple process could help turn the tide of climate change while also turning a healthy profit. That's one of the hopeful visions outlined in a new Stanford-led paper that highlights a seemingly counterintuitive solution: converting one g...

– Stanford University

Nature Sustainability

Why one UB scientist is studying dust

"The level of dust in the air can have far-reaching effects on climate, but there are still a lot of unknowns in the field,” says Evans, PhD, an atmospheric scientist."

Expert Available

– University at Buffalo

Net carbon-negative electricity source may offer economical alternative

Researchers say burning a mixture of coal and crop residue biomass might provide a cost-effective, net carbon-negative electricity source that can be scaled to commercial levels in China in order to meet global temperature objectives by mid-century. ...

– Penn State College of Engineering

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

High-quality jadeite tool discovered in underwater ancient salt works in Belize

Anthropologists discovered a tool made out of high-quality translucent jadeite with an intact rosewood handle at a site where the ancient Maya processed salt in Belize.

– Louisiana State University


‘Ocean Outbreak’ tells tales of a rising tide in trouble

After the United Nations’ ominous warning on May 6 that a million of Earth’s species are threatened with extinction, Drew Harvell’s new book, “Ocean Outbreak,” offers insight into the dynamics of infectious disasters by examining four senti...

– Cornell University

Preparing Low-Income Communities for Hurricane Begins with Outreach, Rutgers Study Finds

Governments seeking to help their most vulnerable residents prepare for hurricanes and other disasters should create community-based information campaigns ahead of time, according to a Rutgers study of economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans in the ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Wiley Online Library

Study Could Improve Understanding of how Rare Species Benefit Human Beings

A recent report from the UN suggests we're in the middle of an acute global biodiversity crisis. A new study on rare species' benefits to human beings could help inform policy initiatives seeking to respond to that crisis.

– Florida State University

Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Meet the Tenrecs

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Researchers reviewed the conservation priorities for the 31 species of tenrec – a poorly understood family of small mammals superficially resembling hedgehogs, found only on the island of Madagascar.

– Wildlife Conservation Society


Mapping Human Dependence on Marine Ecosystems

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Researchers created a new conceptual model to map the degree of human dependence on marine ecosystems based on the magnitude of the benefit, susceptibility of people to a loss of that benefit, and the availability of alternati...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Conservation letters

Extreme Heat – and Maybe a Virus – Wiped Out Cambodian Bats

WCS 3-Sentence Science: A mass mortality event involving two bat species, the wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat (Chaerephon plicatus) and Theobold’s bat (Taphozous theobaldi) occurred during a heat wave in April 2016 in Cambodia.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

European Journal of Wildlife Research

Thinking Locally

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Policies and interventions designed based on indicators of human well-being can potentially do unintentional harm if there is a mismatch between local and global worldviews.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Conservation Science and Practice

Ocean Skeletons Reveal Historical Climate Impacts

WCS 3-Sentence Science: A limiting factor in projecting where coral reefs will survive under 21st century climate change is a lack of quantitative data on the thermal thresholds of different reef communities.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Coral Reefs

Using “Systems Thinking” for Conservation Change

WCS 3-Sentence Science: “Systems thinking,” which considers the elements, interconnections, and function or goal of things, offers approaches that could help conservation be more adaptive, transparent, and evidence-based.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Conservation Science and Practice


Brazilian Biodiversity Leader and Benson Hill Expand Partnership to Advance Crop Breeding

“We are eager to expand our relationship with Benson Hill and use CropOS to advance breeding for farmers across Latin America.” said Cleber Soares, executive director for Innovation and Technology of Embrapa. “Our work together has demonstrated...

– Benson Hill Biosystems

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Expert Pitch

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Sea-Level Rise Study in PNAS

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Bat Researcher Available to Discuss White-Nose Syndrome

– Texas Tech University

IPBES Global Summary Assessment confirms the bleak picture of human impacts on biodiversity, says U of R professor

– University of Redlands





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