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Thursday, August 3, 2017

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Central American Wildlife in Danger, Eastern US Birds, New Glow Shark, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.

– Newswise

NUS Study: Aggressive Spiders Are Quick at Making Accurate Decisions and Better at Hunting Unpredictable Preys

Two studies by scientists from the National University of Singapore unveiled interesting findings about the relationship between personality traits of spiders and their decision-making as well as hunting styles.

– National University of Singapore

Scientific Reports, January 2017; Behavioral Ecology

Study Finds Climate Plays Role in Decline of One of Asia's Most Critical Water Resources

Climate variability — rather than the presence of a major dam — is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

– Kansas State University

Climate Scientists Create Caribbean Drought Atlas

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to ...

– Cornell University

Trapdoor spiders crossed Indian Ocean to get to Australia

An Australian trapdoor spider, which usually moves no further than a couple of metres from where it was hatched, must have travelled to Australia over the Indian Ocean from South Africa, University of Adelaide research has shown.

– University of Adelaide


Embargo expired on 02-Aug-2017 at 14:00 ET

Climate Change, Habitat Loss Threaten Eastern Forest Birds

Human-caused habitat loss looms as the greatest threat to some North American breeding birds over the next few decades. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to a new study published in the journal Global Change Biolog...

– Cornell University

Global Change Biology, July 2017

People and Wildlife Now Threatened by Rapid Destruction of Central America’s Forests

Central America’s largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region’s wildlife spec...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Earth Likely to Warm More Than 2 Degrees This Century

A new UW statistical study shows only 5 percent chance that Earth will warm less than 2 degrees, what many see as a "tipping point" for climate, by the end of this century.

– University of Washington

Nature Climate Change

Embargo expired on 31-Jul-2017 at 11:00 ET

A New Picture Emerges on the Origins of Photosynthesis in a Sun-Loving Bacteria

A research group led by Raimund Fromme has gained important new insights by resolving with near-atomic clarity, the very first core membrane protein structure in the simplest known photosynthetic bacterium, called Heliobacterium modesticaldum (Helios...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Science; U.S. Department of Energy, DE- SC0010575

FSU Research: Chemical Weathering Could Alleviate Some Climate Change Effects

A team of Florida State University scientists has discovered that chemical weathering, a process in which carbon dioxide breaks down rocks and then gets trapped in sediment, can happen at a much faster rate than scientists previously assumed and coul...

– Florida State University

Scientific Reports

Nineteen and Counting…

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), working in collaboration with Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment (MoE), announced today that 19 nests of the giant ibis (Thaumatibis gigantea) have been discovered during the current breeding season in the N...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Fish Out of Water: Loss of 350 Miles of Great Plains Streams Causing Changes in Aquatic Food Web

A decrease in Great Plains streams, fed by decreasing ground water, is changing fish assembles according to research published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

– Kansas State University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

What Flowers Looked Like 100 Million Years Ago

Flowering plants with at least 300,000 species are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. They include almost all the species used by people for food, medicine, and many other purposes. However, flowering plants arose only about 140 millio...

– University of Vienna

Nature Communications

World Governments Make Citizens Pay Billions to Destroy Their Own Health

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has launched the report Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health providing the first-ever comparison of fossil fuel subsidies and the costs to health associated with air p...

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Saving the Monarch Butterfly: Biologist Explains Population Census Discrepancies

New research from an ISU biologist provides an explanation for why citizen scientists taking censuses of monarch butterfly populations didn’t note the same drops in population recorded in Mexico, where the monarchs spend their winters. The research...

– Iowa State University

Climate Change Could Put Rare Bat Species at Greater Risk

An endangered bat species with a UK population of less than 1,000 could be further threatened by the effects of global warming, according to a new study led by the University of Southampton.

– University of Southampton

Molecular Ecology Resources

Alkaline Soil, Sensible Sensor

Producers sometimes face challenges that go deep into the soil. They need answers to help the soil, on site. A portable field sensor can accurately measure minerals in soils more easily and efficiently than existing methods. And a research team, incl...

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

Soil Science Society of America Journal, July 7, 2017

Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, August 2017

New method turns used cooking oil into biofuel with carbon from waste tires; novel technique protects fusion reactor interior wall from energy created when hydrogen isotopes reach sun-like temps; new catalyst-making process doubles output of BTX used...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chemistry Select; Nuclear Fusion; Green Chemistry

Argonne Uses Digital Tools to Preserve Southwestern Cultural Heritage

Hollywood’s Indiana Jones gained fame for wielding his pistol and bullwhip, but researchers at Argonne National Laboratory prefer to equip themselves with something far more sophisticated: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Missouri S&T Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Completes Guatemalan Clean Water Project

After nearly a decade of work, a small Guatemalan village can now count on clean drinking water thanks to a group of student volunteers from Missouri University of Science and Technology. The Missouri S&T student chapter of Engineers Without Borders ...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Giant Weedkiller Bottle Torn Down as Europe Debates Future of Glyphosate

Citizens toppled a giant glyphosate bottle at the Schuman roundabout outside the European Commission to symbolise the demand of over 1.3 million people across Europe calling for a ban of the controversial weedkiller.

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Do Plants and Soil Really ‘Talk’?

Are your plants waxing poetic? The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) August 1 Soils Matter blog post explains how plants and soil communicate—even without the advantage of words.

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Embargo expired on 01-Aug-2017 at 10:00 ET

UF Scientists to Help California, Florida Growers Control Dangerous Avocado Pathogen

University of Florida experts know all too well about laurel wilt, the pathogen endangering the state’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry – and they’re trying to find ways to prevent it from spreading. Now, they’re taking their data to Cal...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Northeastern Farmers Smarter with New Drought Atlas

Cornell University’s Climate Smart Farming program has added a new online tool – the New York State/Northeast Drought Atlas – to help farmers adapt to a warming world.

– Cornell University

Rivers and Coasts Are the Focus of New Academic Department at Tulane University

New Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering is dedicated to finding solutions to acute problems resulting from rising sea levels, climate change and the effects of destructive storms.

– Tulane University

UAH Designated Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences

UAH's Department of Atmospheric Science has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in geospatial sciences by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Can the World Defy the Odds on Crossing the 2-Degrees Celsius Threshold? Ask Northwestern Policy, Clean Tech Experts

– Northwestern University

Storm Experts Available to Talk About Tropical Storm #Emily

– Florida State University





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