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Climate Change News and Experts for Media

As Texas recovers from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms on record, heads towards the state of Florida after leaving a wake of destruction in the Caribbean. Newswise provides experts for the media on hurricanes and natural disasters, as well as the latest research in Climate Science.



Beyond Herbicides in the Agricultural Landscape

Most people are familiar with antibiotic resistant bacteria – and the same has happened with herbicides. Decades of research has shown that resistant weed varieties have adapted, and other weed-control tools will be necessary. The “Future of Weed...

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

Embargo expired on 07-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET


Hidden Inca Treasure: Remarkable New Tree Genus Discovered in the Andes

Hidden in plain sight – that’s how researchers describe their discovery of a new genus of large forest tree commonly found, yet previously scientifically unknown, in the tropical Andes. Researchers from the Smithsonian and Wake Forest University ...

– Wake Forest University

PhytoKeys


UCI, JPL Investigators Find Direct Evidence of Sea Level ‘Fingerprints’

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have reported the first observation of sea level “fingerprints,” tell-tale differences in sea level rise around the world in response to changes in conti...

– University of California, Irvine

Geophysical Research Letters, Sep-2017


Geologists Seek Answers with Largest Deployment of Seismometers Along Alaskan Peninsula

Using a fleet of airplanes, ships and intrepid scientists, Cornell is leading the largest single deployment of seismometers along the Alaskan Peninsula – a $4.5 million endeavor that geologists from across the country hope will solve long-standing ...

– Cornell University


Towards a Climate-Smart Mississippi Basin

Agricultural practices in the Lower Mississippi River Basin's Delta region can affect how much carbon is stored in the soil. Because carbon dioxide is a key greenhouse gas associated with climate change, knowing those impacts is important. Researcher...

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

Agriculture & Environmental Letters, February 23, 2017

Embargo expired on 06-Sep-2017 at 09:00 ET


Honeybees Could Play a Role in Developing New Antibiotics

An antimicrobial compound made by honeybees could become the basis for new antibiotics, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology


Global Climate Trend Since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.13 C Per Decade

August 2017 Global Temperature Report

– University of Alabama Huntsville


Crystals Grow by Twisting, Aligning and Snapping Together

Van der Waals force, which that enables tiny crystals to grow, could be used to design new materials.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Science 356(6336), 434-437 (2017). [DOI: 10.1126/science.aah6902] Related Links


S&T’s PIADC is helping bring back the Piping Plover

The piping plover population, an endangered species, increased this year, thanks to the hard work of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Department of Homeland Security

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate


U.S. Permafrost Expert Selected to Be Lead Author for Global Report on Cryosphere, Dangers of Its Thawing

Ecologist Ted Schuur studies the frozen lands in the Arctic that are thawing as the climate warms, releasing previously captured greenhouse gases into the environment and continuing the cycle.

Expert Available

– Northern Arizona University


Top Health Considerations for Entering a Flooded Home

We have all seen and felt the destruction caused by hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm that made landfall on August 25th. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States and it has created devastating flooding in and around s...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)


Birds Choose Mates with Ornamental Traits

A recurring theme in nature documentaries is that of choosy females selecting brightly colored males. A new study shows that, in monogamous mating systems, male birds may select their lifelong mates in much the same way.

– Santa Fe Institute

Ecology and Evolution


Deforestation Long Overlooked as Contributor to Climate Change

When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or ...

– Cornell University

Environmental Research Letters, Aug-2017


New Study Reveals Journalists Have a Hand in Controlling Public Engagement with Climate Change

Could fear and hope hold the key to building support for public climate change policies? News articles that stir these emotions could influence support for regulations meant to curb climate change, according to a new study published in the journal Ri...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Risk Analysis: An International Journal; SES-1419604


Research Dog Helps Scientists Save Endangered Carnivores

Scat-sniffing research dogs are helping scientists map out a plan to save reclusive jaguars, pumas, bush dogs and other endangered carnivores in the increasingly fragmented forests of northeastern Argentina, according to a new study from Washington U...

– Washington University in St. Louis

PLos One


Vitamin B12 Fuels Microbial Growth

Scarce compound, vitamin B12, is key for cellular metabolism and may help shape microbial communities that affect environmental cycles and bioenergy production.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

PNAS 114(7), E1205-E1214 (2017). [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1612360114]


Vernal Pool Research Leads Professor to Israel

It may seem counterintuitive, but Sacramento State Professor Jamie Kneitel is traveling to Israel this fall to learn more about seasonal wetlands in California, as well as those elsewhere in the world.

– California State University, Sacramento


Carbon in Floodplain Unlikely to Cycle into the Atmosphere

Microbes leave a large fraction of carbon in anoxic sediments untouched, a key finding for understanding how watersheds influence Earth’s ecosystem.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Geoscience 10, 415-419 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2940]


Saints and Sinners in Competing Species: Science or Dogma?

Studies examining whether invasive species outcompete native species may reflect bias of researchers. However, rigorous scientific debate and self-criticism may result in self-correction.

– SUNY Buffalo State

PLOS ONE


Bacterial Cell Wall Changes Produce More Fatty Molecules

New strategy greatly increases the production and secretion of biofuel building block lipids in bacteria able to grow at industrial scales.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

mBio 8, e00513-17 (2017). [DOI: 10.1128/mbio.00513-17]


University of Wisconsin-Madison Museums Recreate ‘Cabinet of Natural History’ Digitally

In 1849, the Board of Regents of the new University of Wisconsin directed the curation of the state’s plants, animals and minerals in a “cabinet of natural history.” Now, that founding piece of scientific inquiry is re-forming — digitally. A ...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison


12 Years After Fleeing Katrina, Family Displaced by Harvey Seeks New Life in Dallas.

Flooded homes. People stranded on roofs. Rescue boats patrolling neighborhoods. Ashley Aples saw the chaos and panic engulf Houston in just a few days, and he knew from experience it was time to flee.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Texas Tech Paleontologist Aids in New Discovery 33 Years after Finding Fossil

The fossilized plesiosaur Sankar Chatterjee found in 1984 is giving scientists a new understanding of convergent evolution between reptiles and mammals.

– Texas Tech University

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology


Study Shows Fungal Infections Reduce Frogs’ Tolerance of Heat

Fungal diseases are increasing in animals, which might have serious consequences for wildlife living in a hotter world, said a University of Florida scientist. A new study published in the international journal Scientific Reports shows that fungal in...

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Scientific Reports


Announcements


NSF Funds Project to Create Commercial Fertilizer Out of Wastewater Nutrients

A $2.4 million award from the National Science Foundation will enable a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Arkansas and their colleagues at two other institutions to develop a chemical process that converts nitrogen and phosph...

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


State Grant to Fund Bobcat Research at Western Illinois University

$100,000 state grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will provide research opportunities for faculty and students at Western Illinois University to study the bobcat population in west central Illinois.

– Western Illinois University


Los Alamos Laboratory Director Charles F. McMillan to Retire at End of Year

Charles F. (Charlie) McMillan today informed employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory that he intends to step down as Laboratory Director at the end of this calendar year.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory


Mayo Clinic donates $500,000 to American Red Cross in aid to Hurricane Harvey victims

Mayo Clinic is pleased to offer support to the victims of Hurricane Harvey through a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross. Mayo Clinic has requested that the funds go directly to relief efforts for those affected by the recent storm.

– Mayo Clinic


Cheatham to Lead Technology Deployment and Outreach at PNNL

New director will increase impact of PNNL's science and technology

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Expert Pitch


Storm Evacuations Cause Ripple Effects That Stall Transportation and Communications Infrastructure, Says Virginia Tech Expert

– Virginia Tech


Hurricane Irma Power Outage Forecasts

– University of Michigan


Hurricane Irma: Infrastructure and community resilience

– University of Michigan


Hurricane Irma: NASA's new CYGNSS satellite system is monitoring intensification with unprecedented detail

– University of Michigan


Disaster Relief Expert: Victims and Responders Unknowingly Exposed to Health Risks Following Hurricane

– New York Institute of Technology


Results from Harvey In as Texas Tech Team Hits the Road Again Ahead of Irma

– Texas Tech University


Individual Preparedness More Essential as Irma Looms

– Cornell University


Storm Experts Available to Talk About #Irma

– Florida State University


Emotional Band-Width Stretched Thin by Harvey and Now Irma

– University of Alabama at Birmingham


Environmental Health Expert Available to Discuss Expected Hurricane Irma Threat to the Carribean

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


Seismologists Available to Discuss North Korea 6.3 Seismic Event

– University of California San Diego


Floods From Hurricane Harvey Will Make Bridges and Buildings Vulnerable to Collapse

– Virginia Tech


Hurricane Harvey Expert Available at Western Illinois University

– Western Illinois University


Baylor Water Quality & Environmental Health Expert Can Speak on Water Contamination Challenges Post Hurricane Harvey

– Baylor University


Former EPA Official: Harvey Polluted Floodwaters Pose Challenges

– Wake Forest University


Expert on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Available for Stories on Hurricane #Harvey

– University of Delaware


National lab tech to help locate people & power outages during Hurricane Irma; helps prep for Jose & Katia

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Charitable Giving After Hurricane Harvey: Experts Share Tips

– Indiana University


UIowa Researcher Studies How to Better Move Relief Supplies to Disaster Sites Like Houston.

– University of Iowa


Floods in Texas Chemical Plant Unlikely to Cause Toxic Water, Air

– Cornell University


Scientific Explanation Behind The Explosion in Texas at the Arkema Plant

– Stony Brook University

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