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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 10-Aug-2017

Extreme Heat Linked to Climate Change May Adversely Affect Pregnancy

A systematic review links extreme heat exposure to changes in gestation length, birth weight, stillbirth and neonatal stress

– George Washington University

Fruit Fly Mutation Foretells 40 Million Years of Evolution

Small, seemingly insignificant mutations in fruit flies may actually hold clues as to how a species will evolve tens of millions of years in the future.

– Florida State University

Embargo expired on 09-Aug-2017 at 13:00 ET

New Analysis Casts Doubt on Predicted Decrease in Oklahoma Earthquakes

Wastewater injection rates in Oklahoma have declined recently because of regulatory actions and market forces, but seismologists say that has not yet significantly reduced the risk of potentially damaging earthquakes.

– University of California, Santa Cruz

T. H. W. Goebel, J. I. Walter, K. Murray, E. E. Brodsky, Sci. Adv. 3, e1700441 (2017)

Embargo expired on 09-Aug-2017 at 14:00 ET

Distributed Wind Power Keeps Spinning, Growing

America’s use of distributed wind - which is wind power generated near where it will be used - continues to grow, according to the 2016 Distributed Wind Market Report.

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Climate Scientist’s Study, Published in Nature, Finds More Frequent Droughts May Endanger Land Carbon Sink


– Northern Arizona University


Embargo expired on 09-Aug-2017 at 13:00 ET

Asian Hornet to Colonise UK Within Two Decades Without Action

The yellow legged or Asian hornet – a voracious predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects – could rapidly colonise the UK unless its spread is combatted, according to new research by the Universities of Warwick and Newcastle, working wi...

– University of Warwick

Eradicating Exotic Pests with ‘Infertility Genes’ May Be Possible

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it may be possible to eradicate populations of invasive pest animals through the inheritance of a negative gene – a technique known as gene drive.

– University of Adelaide

Proceedings of the Royal Society B,

Embargo expired on 08-Aug-2017 at 19:05 ET

FSU Research: Ancient Ocean Deoxygenation Provides an Urgent Warning

A 94-million-year-old climate change event that severely imperiled marine organisms may provide some unnerving insights into long-term trends in our modern oceans, according to a Florida State University researcher.

– Florida State University

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 09-Aug-2017 at 14:00 ET

New Study Tracks Nonnative Plant Species in Timing of Grassland Green-Up

The introduction of exotic, nonnative plant species to U.S. grasslands has led to changes in prairie phenology, or the timing of seasonal changes. A new study from an Iowa State University scientist details the magnitude of those changes.

– Iowa State University

Embargo expired on 09-Aug-2017 at 10:00 ET

NSU Study Shows The Ocean’s Fastest Shark Is Being Threatened By Over Fishing

Study using satellite-tagged shortfin mako sharks show mortality rate dramatically underestimated

– Nova Southeastern University

Study Highlights Complex Causes of Maldives Flooding

The causes of coastal flooding in the Maldives are more complex than previously thought, according to a new study from the University of Southampton.

– University of Southampton

Natural Hazards

Energy Efficiency Takes a ‘Village’

The city of the future could start with a village – Missouri University of Science and Technology's Solar Village, to be exact. S&T researchers will study the Solar Village and its residents as their living laboratory over the next three years than...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Global Temperature Report: July 2017

July 2017 Global Temperature Report

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Parasites, Snails May Factor in Adirondack Moose Decline

The apparent declining moose population in New York ’s Adirondack Mountains may be caused partly by tiny parasite-transmitting snails eaten by moose as they forage vegetation, according to new research presented by two Cornell undergraduate student...

– Cornell University

Drone Tech Offers New Ways to Manage Climate Change

An innovation providing key clues to how humans might manage forests and cities to cool the planet is taking flight. Cornell researchers are using drone technology to more accurately measure surface reflectivity on the landscape, a technological adva...

– Cornell University

WVU Completes Study Estimating Urban Forests Provide More Than $59 Million in Ecosystem Services

Urban forests capture pollutants, store carbons and have other significant benefits that can be quantified

– West Virginia University

DHS S&T Web Tools Help Prepare for Livestock Disease Outbreaks

Two new web-based tools funded by DHS S&T are making it easier for public officials and livestock farmers to predict cattle shipments and prepare for potential disease outbreaks: The U.S. Animal Movement Model -Shiny App and the CADENCE What-If Tool....

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Biochar Shows Benefits as Manure Lagoon Cover

Manure is a reality in raising farm animals. Manure can be a useful fertilizer, returning valued nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the soil for plant growth. But manure has problems. Odor offensiveness, gas emissions, nutrient runoff, and possib...

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

Journal of Environmental Quality, May 18, 2017

Embargo expired on 09-Aug-2017 at 09:00 ET

Sibling Termites Take Care of Kids While Moms and Dads Produce Millions More

Imagine mom and dad already have five children and are too busy, or lack the financial resources to raise more children. Sometimes, older siblings must assume some parental duties. That’s also what happens with some subterranean termites, and it re...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

‘Cornell Fruit Resources’ Is One-Stop Shop for NY Farmers

With the launch of the revamped Cornell Fruit Resources website, New York growers have a new resource this season to help keep them productive and profitable.

– Cornell University

UAH Graduate Student Uses Google Earth Engine to Map Surface Water in Niger

UAH Earth system science master's student Kelsey Herndon uses Google Earth Engine to map surface water in the Tahoua region in Niger, Africa.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Climate Change Gardens Brings Plants Back to the Future

Plots of foliage thicken in Cornell University’s Climate Change Demonstration Garden. Located at the Cornell Botanic Gardens, these raised beds provide a living illustration of how future temperature conditions may affect plants.

– Cornell University

The Good, the Bad and the Algae

Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems relate...

– Sandia National Laboratories

UAH Earth System Science Major Helps Map, Preserve Wetlands in Rwanda

Alex McVey, a senior majoring in Earth system science at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (AUH), served as the project lead this summer for NASA DEVELOP’s Rwanda ecological forecasting project.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Invasive Gobies May Change Oneida Lake’s Complexion - Again

Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters.

Expert Available

– Cornell University

Climate Expert: Grim Findings From ‘Leaked’ Report Not Surprising

– Northwestern University

Tulane Expert Available to Comment on Impact of Climate Change

– Tulane University

Expert Available to Comment on Climate Change Report

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville





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