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Trump Announces Paris Climate Deal Exit | Climate News and Experts from Newswise 01-Jun-2017

Climate Change News and Experts for Media Responding to Trump Announcement of Paris Climate Deal Exit

Virginia Tech Expert: Here’s Why We Should Care About Global Climate Change Policy

– Virginia Tech

George Washington University Experts Available to Discuss U.S. Leaving Paris Climate Deal

– George Washington University

Prof. Heidi Hutner, @stonybrooku Expert on Climate Change & Paris Climate Accord, Available

– Stony Brook University

Prof. Chris Gobler @stonybrooku School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences Speaks to Paris Climate Accord & Climate Change

– Stony Brook University

Trump Dump of Paris Pact Environmental, Economic Blunder

– Cornell University

Climate Researchers Available to Discuss Paris Agreement

– Arizona State University (ASU)

UF Experts Suggest Ways to Save Water During Drought

Extension experts can provide an irrigation audit, which will help you troubleshoot spots where perhaps the sprinklers are not wetting the soil uniformly. It may be tempting to run the sprinklers more often when we see dry spots in the lawn, but the ...

Expert Available

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Grant Funds Microplastics Research in Delaware Bay

University of Delaware researchers have received funding to study the distribution and concentration of microplastics in the Delaware Bay. This small debris can cause problems in the aquatic food chain. The UD team is hoping their findings can help ...

– University of Delaware

Why More Juvenile Sharks Off California’s Coast Is a Good Thing

Young great white sharks are using California’s coasts as a sort of nursery, says Chris Lowe, director of the CSU Long Beach Shark Lab.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Climate Change Refuge for Corals Discovered (and How We Can Protect It Right Now)

WCS scientists have discovered a refuge for corals where the environment protects otherwise sensitive species to the increasing severity of climate change.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Tulane Expert Available to Comment on Paris Climate Accord

– Tulane University

Decoded Genome May Help Tortoise Win Race to Survive

Researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences and their collaborators may have a new tool to help conserve this iconic desert reptile. For the first time, they have decoded the animal’s genome; their findings appear in the c...

– Arizona State University (ASU)


Embargo expired on 31-May-2017 at 14:00 ET

Hotspots Show That Vegetation Alters Climate by Up to 30%

Nature Geoscience study analyzes global satellite observations, shows vegetation alters climate and weather patterns by as much as 30%. The researchers used a new approach and found feedbacks between the atmosphere and vegetation can be strong, expla...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Geoscience May 29 2017

Embargo expired on 29-May-2017 at 11:00 ET

Bumblebee Populations Higher in Detroit Than in Some Less-Urbanized Areas; Vacant Lots Could Be a Factor

A new study of native bumblebee populations in southeastern Michigan cities found, surprisingly, that Detroit has more of the large-bodied bees than some surrounding, less urbanized locations.

– University of Michigan

WCS’s Queens Zoo Helps Howler Monkeys Thrive in Belize

Recent WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) Queens Zoo surveys of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra), translocated to Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary 25 years ago reveal that the effort has been a great success, with monkeys now thriv...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Losing Sleep Over Climate Change

UC San Diego study of U.S. data suggests a sleep-deprived planet by century’s end. Researchers show that unusually warm nights can harm human sleep and that the poor and elderly are most affected. Rising temperatures will make sleep loss more sever...

– University of California San Diego

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 26-May-2017 at 14:00 ET

Mistletoe Research May Keep You Healthy

A new study examines the spread of mistletoe—a parasitic plant—and finds that the plant’s success is determined not only by its compatibility with a host tree, but also whether or not the plants’ fruiting seasons overlap. Knowing what factors...

– State University of New York at Geneseo

Journal of Ecology; DEB-1028174; DEB-1145994

Are Wolverines in the Arctic in the Climate Change Crosshairs?

Will reductions in Arctic snow cover make tundra-dwelling wolverines more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought? That’s a question scientists hope an innovative method described in a new study co-authored by WCS (Wildlife Conservati...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

ESF Lists Top 10 New Species for 2017

A spider and an ant with names drawn from popular books, a pink katydid and an omnivorous rat made ESF's list of the Top 10 New Species for 2017. Also listed: a freshwater stingray, a bush tomato that appears to “bleed,” a devilish-looking orchid...

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Embargo expired on 19-May-2017 at 06:00 ET

Canadian Archaeologists Challenge the Credibility of GIS Methods to Assess the Impact of Weather on Shoreline Erosion

Although computer models of archaeological sites are commonly used to yield insights which contribute to the protection of heritage materials, scientists often question their credibility, calling for these long-term trends be ‘ground truthed’ in ...

– De Gruyter Open

Traffic-Related Air Pollution Linked to DNA Damage in Children

Children and teens exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution have evidence of a specific type of DNA damage called telomere shortening, reports a study in the May Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

– Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Insight Into Enzyme’s 3D Structure Could Cut Biofuel Costs

Using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the co...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Smoke From Wildfires Can Have Lasting Climate Impact

Researchers have found that carbon particles released into the air from burning trees and other organic matter are much more likely than previously thought to travel to the upper levels of the atmosphere, where they can interfere with rays from the s...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Geoscience; NNX14AP74G ; NNX12AB80G; NNX12AC03G; NNX15AT96G

Embargo expired on 22-May-2017 at 11:00 ET

Sunflower Genome Sequence to Provide Roadmap for More Resilient Crops

University of Georgia researchers are part of an international team that has published the first sunflower genome sequence.

– University of Georgia

Tiger Breakthrough: Camera Trap Time Stamps Provide Valuable Data for Conservationists

Spatial capture-recapture model analysis is often used to estimate tiger abundance. A new study led by Dr. Robert Dorazio of the United States Geological Survey, and co-authored by WCS’s Dr.Ullas Karanth, however, finds that dates and times of anim...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Earth's Atmosphere More Chemically Reactive in Cold Climates

Analysis of a Greenland ice core shows that during large climate swings, chemically reactive oxidants shift in a different direction than expected. The results mean rethinking what controls these molecules in our air.

– University of Washington


Researchers Find Computer Code That Volkswagen Used to Cheat Emissions Tests

An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent U.S. and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency put the company on notice in 2015 for violating...

– University of California San Diego

Study Challenges Understanding of Climate History

UNLV research in Russia challenges widely held understanding of past climate history; study appears in latest issue of top journal Nature Geoscience.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Nature Geoscience

High Levels of PFOA Found in Mid-Ohio River Valley Residents From 1991 to 2013

New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) reveals that residents of the Mid-Ohio River Valley had higher than normal levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) based on blood samples collected over a 22-year span. The exposure source was likel...

– University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic Health Center

Environmental Pollution; U01ES019453; P30-ES006096; R21 ES017176 ; CSTAUL1RR026314 ; EPA-RD-83478801; T32-ES10957 ; U01ES012770

Where the Rivers Meet the Sea

Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Stormwater Retention Ponds May Not Protect Surface Waters From Road Salt Contamination

The researchers discovered that routing runoff contaminated with road salts to stormwater ponds actually resulted in plumes of highly contaminated groundwater moving from the ponds to streams.

– Virginia Tech

Air Pollution May Disrupt Sleep

High levels of air pollution over time may get in the way of a good night’s sleep, according to new research presented at the ATS 2017 International Conference. “Prior studies have shown that air pollution impacts heart health and affects breath...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Embargo expired on 21-May-2017 at 16:45 ET

Newly Identified Microbial Process Could Reduce Toxic Methylmercury Levels

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury tox...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Support for Tidal Energy Is High Among Washington Residents

A new University of Washington study finds that people who believe climate change is a problem and see economic, environmental and/or social benefits to using tidal energy are more likely to support such projects. Also, connecting pilot projects to t...

– University of Washington

Stony Corals More Resistant to Climate Change Than Thought, Rutgers Study Finds

Stony corals may be more resilient to ocean acidification than once thought, according to a Rutgers University study that shows they rely on proteins to help create their rock-hard skeletons.

– Rutgers University


Embargo expired on 01-Jun-2017 at 14:00 ET

Research Finds Seacoast Roads Under New Threat From Rising Sea Level

Research out of the University of New Hampshire has found that some roads, as far as two miles from the shore, are facing a new hazard that currently cannot be seen by drivers - rising groundwater caused by increasing ocean water levels.

– University of New Hampshire

Saving Lives and Money: The Potential of Solar to Replace Coal

By swapping solar photovoltaics for coal, the US could prevent 51,999 premature deaths a year, potentially making as much as $2.5 million for each life saved. A team from Michigan Technological University calculated US deaths per kilowatt hour per ye...

– Michigan Technological University

Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, June 2017

The Impact of a Changing Climate on Threatened Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

An analysis of Yellowstone grizzly bear diets reveals that grizzlies in the region continue to feed upon the products of an endangered tree species currently declining at the hands of climate change. Such changes are forcing some bears to look for mo...

– University of California San Diego


Embargo expired on 11-May-2017 at 14:00 ET

Colorful Reptile Serves as a Health Barometer for the Impacts of Coal Waste

Scientists have confirmed that exposure to coal combustion residuess lead to higher levels of trace elements in yellow-bellied sliders, a freshwater turtle native to the Southeastern U.S.

– University of Georgia

Mountains of Waste Could Lead to New U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs

Waste material from the paper and pulp industry soon could be made into anything from tennis rackets to cars. Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist discovers how to make good quality carbon fiber from lignin waste.

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Green Chemistry

Green Fleet Technology

New research at Penn State addresses the impact delivery trucks have on the environment by providing green solutions that keep costs down without sacrificing efficiency.

– Penn State College of Engineering

Measuring the Human Impact of Weather

The World Meteorological Organization has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It is first time the WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has ...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Embargo expired on 18-May-2017 at 00:05 ET

Drone vs. Truck Deliveries: Which Create Less Carbon Pollution?

A new study finds that drone deliveries emit less climate-warming carbon dioxide pollution than truck deliveries in some — but not all — scenarios.

– University of Washington

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment

Mining for Answers on Abandoned Mines

In the western United States 160,000 abandoned mines contaminate soils in the region. Researchers hope to solve this problem with biochar, a charcoal-like substance that can reduce the toxic consequences of mining for metals.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Journal of Environmental Quality, March 17, 2017

Wolves Need Space to Roam to Control Expanding Coyote Populations

Wolves and other top predators need large ranges to be able to control smaller predators whose populations have expanded, according to a study appearing May 23 in Nature Communications. The results were similar across three continents, showing that a...

– University of Washington

Nature Communications, May-2017

Embargo expired on 23-May-2017 at 05:00 ET

Code of Conduct Needed for Ocean Conservation, Study Says

A diverse group of the world's leading experts in marine conservation is calling for a Hippocratic Oath for ocean conservation ― not unlike the pledge physicians take to uphold specific ethical standards when practicing medicine.

– University of Washington

Marine Policy, May-2017

Rise of Aggressive Reef Predator May Impede Sea Urchin Recovery, Study Finds

A new study suggests that an aggressive reef competitor—the Threespot Damselfish—may have impeded the recovery of Caribbean long-spined sea urchin populations after a mysterious disease outbreak caused a massive die-off of these animals over thre...

– University of California San Diego

BRI Reports Status of Common Loon Species in Wyoming

Biodiversity Research Institute will hold its annual meeting of the Wyoming Loon Working Group in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on May 24. Collaborators from state and federal agencies, nongovernmental research and conservation groups, and local universities...

– Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

What Can I Tell by Looking at—and Touching—My Soil?

Does my soil have enough organic matter? Does it have a lot of clay? Is it acidic? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) May 15 Soils Matter blog post explains simple tests you can do to know your soil better.

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

UF Expert: Treat Your Parched Lawn Properly

“Grasses do not need as much water as most people are applying,” said Jason Kruse, a UF/IFAS associate professor of environmental horticulture. "What most people do not understand when it comes to their lawns is that all of our warm-season turfgr...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Reusable Sponge for Mitigating Oil Spills

Oleo Sponge could make oil spill cleanup more efficient.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5, 2929 (2017). [DOI: 10.1039/C6TA09014A]

Trump Budget Could Be a Climate Cooker

A new white paper estimates the climate impacts of the budget request President Trump is expected to make on May 23. Analyzing Trump’s Budget Blueprint, the study finds the changes in federal spending would produce 1.8 million metric tons of additi...

– University of Vermont

Researchers Return to Gulf of Mexico to Study Impacts of Oil Spill

Seven years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers embark on new expedition to the Gulf to monitor impacts on deep sea corals

– University of Georgia

UVA Darden Launches Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative

The Darden School of Business has announced the launch of the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative, an ambitious new project spearheaded by Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation aimed at exploring how business i...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Boise State Lands $1.7 Million Grant to Research Effects of Climate Change on Birds

The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a team of researchers, led by Boise State University biological sciences professor Julie Heath, a four-year, $1.7 million grant to monitor the effects of climate change on American kestrels and develop a mo...

– Boise State University

Government Transparency Limited When It Comes to America’s Conserved Private Lands

A new study led by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison examined why private-land conservation data is sometimes inaccessible and found that limited capacity within some federal agencies as well as laws prohibiting others from disclos...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ecology and Society May 25, 2017

UF/IFAS Experts Available for 2017 Hurricane Season

Experts from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences can provide insight about hurricane preparation, agricultural crops, tree damage, hurricane-proofing your home and more.

Expert Available

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

TICKS 101: How to Avoid, Identify and Respond to Ticks this Summer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Spring is here and summer is near, and with the increase in warm weather comes bloodsuckers. No, not vampires, but to some they cause just as much dread. It’s time for ticks, the long lost cousins of spiders and scorpions...

– University of Alabama

ESF to Announce Top 10 New Species This Month

The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) will announce the Top 10 New Species for 2017 this month. News about the Top 10 New Species will be distributed in an embargoed news release Thursday, May 18. The embargo will lift at 6 a.m. EDT...

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Nearly 500 Supporters Joined ATS Rally on Capitol Hill: Lab Coats for Lungs

In an ATS 2017 International Conference first, respiratory health professionals and patients joined other conference attendees at a rally near the Capitol on Tuesday, May 23 to voice their concerns about recent policies that threaten to undermine man...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)





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