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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 14-Sep-2017

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Newswise provides experts for the media on hurricanes and natural disasters, as well as the latest research in Environmental Science and Climate Science.

Discovery Could Reduce Nuclear Waste with Improved Method to Chemically Engineer Molecules

A new chemical principle discovered by scientists at Indiana University has the potential to revolutionize the creation of specially engineered molecules whose uses include the reduction of nuclear waste and the extraction of chemical pollutants from...

– Indiana University

CHEM; DE-FG02-09ER16068

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Old Fish Few and Far Between Under Fishing Pressure

A new study by University of Washington scientists has found that, for dozens of fish populations around the globe, old fish are greatly depleted — mainly because of fishing pressure. The paper, published online Sept. 14 in Current Biology, is the ...

– University of Washington

Current Biology, Sept-2017

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Biologist Reaches Into Electric Eel Tank, Comes Out with Equation to Measure Shocks

Vanderbilt University researcher Ken Catania stuck his arm into a tank with small electric eel 10 times -- the only way to get accurate measurements of the circuit created by animal, arm and water.

– Vanderbilt University

Current Biology, Sept. 25, 2017

Embargo expired on 14-Sep-2017 at 12:00 ET

Storm Surge Prediction Tool Helps Emergency Managers Prepare

ADCIRC, combined with meteorological forecasts like rain, atmospheric pressure and wind forecasts, predicts flooding threats, allowing decision makers to make better decisions about response efforts, before severe weather occurs.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Measuring a Crucial Mineral in the Mantle

New research led by the University of Delaware resolves debate over the strength of olivine, the most abundant mineral in the Earth's mantle. Measuring olivine’s strength is critical to understanding how strong tectonic plates are, which matters to...

– University of Delaware

Science Advances

Climate Change Challenges the Survival of Fish Across the World

University of Washington researchers have published the first analysis looking at how vulnerable the world's freshwater and marine fishes are to climate change. Their paper, appearing online Sept. 11 in Nature Climate Change, used physiological data ...

– University of Washington

Nature Climate Change, Sept-2017

Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo) Will Be The First Marine Protected Area in Tierra del Fuego

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet committed on September 9th to create a new marine protected area in Admiralty Sound in Tierra del Fuego. The new “Multiple Use Marine and Coastal Protected Area Seno Almirantazgo” will safeguard rich marine wil...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Consequences of Drought Stress on Biofuels

Switchgrass cultivated during a year of severe drought inhibited microbial fermentation and resulting biofuel production.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Biotechnology for Biofuels 9, 237 (2016). [DOI: 10.1186/s13068-016-0657-01]

Tulane Student Hopes Research Will Lead to Protection From Volcanos, Earthquakes

East Africa may be a long way from the Crescent City but it is top of mind for Tulane PhD student Sarah Oliva, who is studying data from volcanoes and earthquakes in that region. Her goal is a better understanding of how a 3,000-kilometer long deep v...

– Tulane University

Extreme Weather Has Limited Effect on Attitudes Toward Climate Policies

People who recently experienced severe weather events such as floods, storms and drought are more likely to support policies to adapt to the effects of climate change, according to a new study co-authored by an Indiana University researcher.

– Indiana University

Global Environmental Change, Sep-2017

Ancient Wetlands Offer Window Into Climate Change

Environmental researchers have uncovered a wealth of information about a unique part of Australia that offers never-before-seen insights into climate change since the last ice age.

– University of Adelaide

Journal of Quaternary Science

NYU Researchers Examine Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in a Hurricane-Induced Hospital Evacuation

Two reports published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship reveal important insights on emergency preparedness, recovery, and resilience from nurses working at NYU Langone Health’s main hospital during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

– New York University

Journal of Nursing Scholarship; New York University College of Dentistry Pilot Research Development Award

New Evidence Suggests That Octupuses Aren’t Loners

Octopuses are usually solitary creatures, but a new site in the waters off the east coast of Australia is the home of up to 15 gloomy octopuses (Octopus tetricus) that have been been observed communicating — either directly as in den evictions or i...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology

Small Brain, Big Data

Using a multi-lab approach, Argonne researchers are tapping the laboratory’s vast arsenal of innovative technologies to map the intricacies of brain function at the deepest levels, and describing them in greater detail than ever before through adva...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Clay Minerals and Metal Oxides Change How Uranium Travels Through Sediments

Montmorillonite clays prevent uranium from precipitating from liquids, letting it travel with groundwater.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Chemical Geology 464, 110-117 (2017). [DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.12.016]

UTHealth Expert Explains Hurricane Harvey’s Emotional Wake

Madhavi K. Reddy, Ph.D., of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth explains how going through a traumatic event such as Hurricane Harvey affects the brain's ability to function.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Busting Bat Myths Is Theme of Festival Set for Sept. 16

Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation will "bust bat myths" when it hosts the 11th annual Indiana Bat Festival on Sept. 16. The festival, held on Indiana State’s campus and Dobbs Park, will include talks on...

– Indiana State University

Disaster Experts Available to Comment on Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Experts from Indiana University are available to comment on the impact - and recovery from -- hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which are impacting the southeastern region of Texas and south and central Florida.

Expert Available

– Indiana University

Media Advisory: More Hurricane Experts From Johns Hopkins University

This is an additional list of experts from the Johns Hopkins University on issues associated with Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma

Expert Available

– Johns Hopkins University

Tundra Loses Carbon with Rapid Permafrost Thaw

Seven-year-study shows plant growth does not sustainably balance carbon losses from solar warming and permafrost thaw.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Global Change Biology, early version (2017). [DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13661]

How People with Diabetes Can Prepare for Hurricane Irma

With Hurricane Irma fast approaching Florida, preparing for a disaster can feel overwhelming. But for people with diabetes, preparing for the worst is a matter of survival. Janis Roszler, LMFT, RD, LD/N, CDE, FAND, American Association of Diabetes Ed...

– American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

National Preparedness Month: Do You Know How to Plan for a Disaster?

Disaster preparedness expert Dr. Frances Edwards, a professor of political science at San José State, offers her best advice on how Californians can prepare for a natural disaster.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Hurricane Harvey Through the Eyes of the Internet

USC Information Sciences Institute's John Heidemann tracks internet outages as they hit Southeast Texas

Expert Available

– University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering


Colorado State University Joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research announced today that Colorado State University has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner.

– International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research

Discovering the Art of Waste

Stephanie Foote is the first West Virginia University faculty member to be chosen for a National Humanities Center Fellowship. Foote is in residence at the National Humanities Center in Durham, N.C. for the 2017-18 academic year while working on her ...

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Expert Pitch

After Irma and Harvey, Time to ‘Collaborate with Nature’

– Northwestern University

Harvey, Then Irma, Now Jose: Are These Storms the Effects of Climate Change?

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Embargo expired on 13-Sep-2017 at 07:00 ET

Expert: Rethinking Where and IF to Rebuild after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

– Vanderbilt University

Latest Hurricanes Aren't Rewriting the Record Books, Says Official Keeper of Weather Extremes

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Arizona's Official Climatologist Says the Recent Trio of Hurricanes Are a Terrible Coincidence

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Irma’s Salt Water Surge May Damage Crops, Native Plants

– Cornell University

Research Experts on Flood Impacts to Infrastructure, Contaminants, Flood Policies and FEMA

– Vanderbilt University

Distressed Pets? Here's What to Do (and Not to Do) When Mittens and Fido Are Frightened

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Embargo expired on 11-Sep-2017 at 07:00 ET

China’s Electric Car Switch to Rattle Industry, Drive Up Price of Lithium

– Cornell University

Saving the World, One Robot Swarm-Infested Hurricane at a Time

– University of California San Diego

The Road to Evacuation: Escaping an Unwelcome Visit From Mother Nature

– Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU expert talks about how to make cities more resilient in the face of natural disasters

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Embargo expired on 08-Sep-2017 at 07:00 ET

Mexico Quake Amongst Largest Intermediate-Depth Earthquakes Ever Recorded

– Cornell University

Hurricane Irma Expert Available: Transportation Management Issues Under Extreme Weather Events

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, What Can Be Done to Enhance Flood Risk Planning?

– University of California, Irvine

Architecture Expert Available to Speak About Flood-Resistant Housing Design

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Mexico Earthquake: U-M Experts Available

– University of Michigan

CU Boulder Sources on Hurricane Irma

– University of Colorado Boulder

University of Utah Researchers Available to Share Insights on How Public Interprets Hurricane Forecast Models

– University of Utah

Largest Solar Flare Since 2005 Heading Toward Earth – Georgia State Astronomer Available to Discuss

– Georgia State University

Hurricane Irma Versus Evacuations, Infrastructure

– Northwestern University





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