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Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Newly Identified Gene Helps Time Spring Flowering in Vital Grass Crops

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have identified a gene that keeps grasses from entering their flowering cycle until the season is right, a discovery that may help plant breeders and engineers get more from food and energy crops. ...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences June 5, 2017

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2017 at 15:00 ET

UF Scientists Find Way to Surgically Strike Out Weeds That Impede Crop Growth

Researchers say this will help growers as they try to manage pests in areas where they cause the most trouble.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Global Warming May Cause Spike in Asthma, Allergy Symptoms

A new study finds that exposure to a widespread outdoor fungus can increase cell damage (oxidative stress) in the airways. This spike weakens the airways’ barrier defense system that, when functioning normally, removes infection- and allergy-causin...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

Major Ivory Trafficker Jailed in Republic of Congo

Northern Congo’s notorious elephant poacher and ivory trafficker Daring Dissaka, 39, has been convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientists Launch Global Agenda to Curb Social and Human Rights Abuses in the Seafood Sector

As the United Nations Oceans Conference convenes in New York, a new paper calls on marine scientists to focus on social issues such as human rights violations in the seafood industry.

– University of Washington

Science, June-2017

Video Shows Invasive Lionfish Feasting on New Caribbean Fish Species

Researchers from the University of Washington and Smithsonian Institution have reported the first observed case of lionfish preying upon a fish species that had not yet been named. Their results, published May 25 in PLOS ONE, may indicate an uncertai...

– University of Washington

Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.12 C Per Decade

Global Temperature Report: May 2017

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Hiding in Plain Sight: New Species of Flying Squirrel Discovered

A new study published May 30 in the Journal of Mammalogy describes a newly discovered third species of flying squirrel in North America — now known as Humboldt's flying squirrel. It inhabits the Pacific Coast region of North America, from southern ...

– University of Washington

Journal of Mammalogy, May 2017

New Study: Could Acidifying Oceans Slow Down Coral Disease?

A controlled lab study led by Mote Marine Laboratory and published June 1 in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE revealed that black band disease was less deadly to mountainous star coral (Orbicella faveolata) as water acidified, or decreased in pH.

– Mote Marine Laboratory


Waste Not, Want Not

Nutritious feed for cattle is complex. As the summer season progresses, grass can become harder to digest. However, researchers found by supplementing with dried distillers’ grains, this effect can be minimized. Dried distillers’ grains are left ...

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

Crop Science, April 20, 2017

NDSU Study Examines Perspectives on State's Oil Development

The latest round of oil development in North Dakota’s Bakken region has raised a variety of issues and concerns, according to new research led by Devan McGranahan, assistant professor in the School of Natural Resource Sciences.

– North Dakota State University

Science of the Total Environment, Dec-2017

Small Climb in Mean Temperatures Linked to Far Higher Chance of Deadly Heat Waves

An increase in mean temperature of 0.5 degrees Celsius over half a century may not seem all that serious, but it’s enough to have more than doubled the probability of a heat wave killing in excess of 100 people in India, according to researchers at...

– University of California, Irvine

Science Advances, June-2017

Reshaping Darwin’s Tree of Life

In 1859, Charles Darwin included a novel tree of life in his trailblazing book on the theory of evolution, On the Origin of Species. Now, scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick and their collaborators want to reshape Darwin’s tree.

– Rutgers University

WCS Launches 30-Day Plastics Challenge on World Oceans Day – Today, June 8

For World Oceans Day – celebrated today across the globe – WCS launches the 30-Day Plastics Challenge to reduce use of single-use disposable plastics, and to bring attention to the fact that, by some estimates, a staggering 5 trillion pieces of ...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Chasing the Fastest Shark in the World is No Easy Task

A group of research scientists from NSU's Guy Harvey Research Institute and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has the most successful research trip in the history of their Isla Mujeres, Mexico project.

– Nova Southeastern University

Every Day Is World Oceans Day for U.S. Coastal Ocean Observing Systems

Today, on June 8, ocean lovers worldwide are coming together to celebrate the world’s oceans and recognize the vital role these water bodies play in supporting life on Earth. But for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System— and its 11 regio...

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

World Environment Day Is an Opportunity for Territory to Plan for a Wild Future

In celebration of World Environment Day today, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS Canada) has released, “Securing a Wild Future: Planning for Landscape-scale Conservation of Yukon’s Boreal Mountains,” —a report mapping how best to cons...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Sensor Detects Shooting at Elephants, Helps Authorities Catch Poachers

Kenyan elephants will get more protection from poachers thanks to new Vanderbilt University technology embedded in their tracking collars — ballistic shockwave sensors that send coordinates to authorities immediately after detecting gunshots.

– Vanderbilt University

Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative Panel Calls for Stronger 'Green Finance'

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation launched its Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative to address one of the most singular global challenges of the 21st century

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Create Art From Nature: How to Make Paper, Brew Plant Dyes and More

Make paper from plant leaves and petals, dye an old shirt with flowers, or create a leaf print on fabric with some tips from the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Doug Baulos.

Expert Available

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Public Health Consequences of Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

On June 1, 2017 President Trump decided to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris climate accord. Lynn R. Goldman, MD, Dean of Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, issued this statement on the deci...

– George Washington University

American Thoracic Society Dismayed by President’s Decision on Paris Agreement

The American Thoracic Society is extremely disappointed that President Trump has announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement to address climate change. This agreement was signed by nearly every nation on Earth in recognition of our s...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

HSU Signs Letter of Commitment to Paris Agreement

Humboldt State University has signed on to a statement of support for the principles and targets of the Paris Agreement. The letter is from mayors, governors, university leaders, and businesses from across the country.

– Humboldt State University

The California State University Joins Coalition to Maintain U.S. Leadership on Climate Change

The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

UC San Diego Launches Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology

Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Anthropology have recently joined efforts within the University of California San Diego to launch the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA). Researchers with the Scripps Center for ...

– University of California San Diego

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces Coastal Resilience Awards

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce eight of ten Coastal Resilience Awards to community projects in four of the five U.S. Gulf States. The awards total $347,334 and are supported by a grant from the NOAA Office for Coastal Development....

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Fiji’s Commitment to Marine Managed Areas

The Government of Fiji has made a commitment to gazette two large Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) within Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra Seascape — a highly diverse and productive area vital to both people and wildlife alike.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

New Carbon Economy Effort Launched at Arizona State University

The Center for Carbon Removal, in partnership with Arizona State University and several other research institutions, launched a new industrial innovation initiative this week with the goal of developing solutions that transform waste carbon dioxide i...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Penn State Joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

Penn State University joined the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced on June 6.

– International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research

Follow the Fantastic Voyage of the ICARUS Neutrino Detector

The ICARUS neutrino detector, born at Gran Sasso National Lab in Italy and refurbished at CERN, will make its way across the sea to Fermilab this summer. Follow along using an interactive map online.

– Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

Pitting the U.S. Economy Against Climate Change Is Not a New Tactic

– Arizona State University (ASU)

By Quitting Paris Accord, Trump Would Open Pandora’s Box

– Cornell University

New York Flooded, Miami Abandoned, New Orleans an Island. CSU Env. Science Prof Can Discuss Any Level of Withdrawal From Paris Agreement.

– California State University, Channel Islands

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

– Virginia Tech

Meteorology, Emergency Preparedness Experts Offer Tips for Start of Hurricane Season

– Virginia Tech

Leaving Paris Climate Agreement Harms Environment, U.S. Credibility and Economy; But U.S. Never Formally Part of Treaty

– Northwestern University

Texas Tech Researchers to Test Effectiveness of Insecticides Meant to Kill Zika-Spreading Mosquitoes

– Texas Tech University

WVU Experts: Pulling Out of Paris Accord Will Diminish U.S. Role as World Leader

– West Virginia University

University of Redlands Expert: Paris Agreement Exit 'Out of Touch with Science and Economics'

– University of Redlands

Imported Salamanders May Carry Deadly Disease That Threatens Native Amphibians

– Cornell University

University of Redlands Expert Says Defunding the Earthquake Early Warning System Puts Lives at Risk

– University of Redlands

UNLV Geoscience expert can speak to Climate Change

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

University of Redlands expert says withdraw from Paris Climate Accords will have severe impacts on the U.S. leadership role in developing clean energy alternatives

– University of Redlands

University of Redlands Expert: Coral Reefs Face Significant Dual Threat

– University of Redlands

Trump's Anti-Climate Stance Will Obstruct Green Innovation

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

WashuU Expert: Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Agreement a Play to His Base

– Washington University in St. Louis

Media Trained Experts Available Today To Discuss Paris Climate Accord

– Stony Brook University

Confederate Monuments, Prison Ed, Narco-Deforestation & More: Experts Talk

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Trump to Pull US Out of Paris Climate Agreement: U-M Experts Respond

– University of Michigan





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