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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 12-Oct-2017

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Study Reveals Need for Better Modeling of Weather Systems for Climate Prediction

A team of researchers discovered persistent dry and warm biases in the central U.S. that was caused by poor modeling of atmospheric convective systems Their findings call for better calculations with global climate models.

– Stony Brook University

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 05:00 ET

Discovering the Genetic Timekeepers in Bioenergy Crops

A new class of plant-specific genes required for flowering control in temperate grasses is found.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

PNAS 114, 6623-6628(2017) [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1700536114]

Grazing Horses on Better Pastures

Horses in less temperate zones may get some extra grazing. A new study shows warm-season annual grasses have good potential for use in horse pastures.

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

Agronomy Journal, August 10, 2017

Embargo expired on 11-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET

Tracking the Viral Parasites of Giant Viruses over Time

Viruses exist amidst all bacteria, usually in a 10-fold excess and include virophages which live in giant viruses and use their machinery to replicate and spread. In Nature Communications, a team including DOE JGI researchers reports effectively doub...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Bio-Methane Transforms From Landfill Waste to Energy Source

Most manure just sits around. Anaerobic digesters take those piles and place them in large covered tanks and convert waste into an energy source. Chemical engineers from Michigan Tech examined the carbon footprint of anaerobic digestion.

– Michigan Technological University

Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, Sept-2017

A Complex Little Alga that Lives by the Sea

The genetic material of Porphyra umbilicalis reveals the mechanisms by which it thrives in the stressful intertidal zone at the edge of the ocean.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

PNAS 114(31), E6361-6370(2017). [DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1703088114]

Engineering Staff Hold Back Hurricane Harvey to Save Ben Taub Hospital

With over 26 inches of rain and high winds in a 24-hour-span, engineering and facility management staff faced the biggest challenge of their career--keeping Hurricane Harvey at bay to protect the operations of Harris Health System's Ben Taub Hospital...

– Harris Health System

Size Doesn’t Matter – At Least for Hammerheads and Swimming Performance

Different head shapes and different body sizes of hammerhead sharks should result in differences in their swimming performance right? Researchers from FAU have conducted the first study to examine the whole body shape and swimming kinematics of two c...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Experimental Biology

Solar-Powered Devices Made of Wood Could Help Mitigate Water Scarcity Crisis

Energy from the sun and a block of wood smaller than an adult’s hand are the only components needed to heat water to its steaming point in these purifying devices.

– Maryland NanoCenter

Advanced Materials

Climate Change Predicted to Reduce Size, Stature of Dominant Midwest Plant, Collaborative Study Finds

Kansas State University researchers are involved in a study that found climate change may reduce the growth and stature of big bluestem — a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle.

– Kansas State University

Global Change Biology, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13666

Pecans Hit by Hurricanes, but Growers Hope to Encourage Use Beyond Winter Holidays

.Hurricanes may have taken a big bite out of the U.S. pecan crop this year, but that’s not likely to stop the annual fall flurry of pies, candies, cheeses and other delicacies made with the popular native nut, officials said.

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Decision to Rescind Waters of the United States Rule Based on Flawed Analysis, Virginia Tech Economist Finds

New evidence suggests that the Trump Administration’s proposal to rescind the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that would limit the scope of the Clean Water Act inappropriately overlooks wetlands-related values.

– Virginia Tech


Embargo expired on 05-Oct-2017 at 14:00 ET

Old Faithful’s Geological Heart Revealed

University of Utah scientists have mapped the near-surface geology around Old Faithful, revealing the reservoir of heated water that feeds the geyser’s surface vent and how the ground shaking behaves in between eruptions. The map was made possible ...

– University of Utah

Geophysical Research Letters; YELL-2015-SCI-0114; CyberSEES-1442665; OCRF-2014-CRG3-2300

Policy and Public Affairs

Clean Power Plan Repeal is Irresponsible in the Face of Scientific Evidence: ATS

“The decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan flies in the face of scientific evidence of the dangers air pollution poses to public health, and we cannot keep silent on this,” said George Thurston, ScD, chair of the ATS Environmental Health Policy...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)


National Science Foundation Funds Multi-Institutional Project to Improve Harvests of One of the Most Important Crops in U.S. Agriculture

The collaborative project brings together expertise in molecular genetics, developmental genomics and statistics to meet the food and fuel demands of a growing population.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

St. Mary’s College Students Raise $14K and Collect 9,816 Non-perishable Items for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

St. Mary’s College of Maryland students led by the Student Government Association collected nearly $14,000 in monetary donations and 9,816 non-perishable items currently being distributed by the Pasadena Independent School District in southeastern ...

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

Sustainable Financing of Conservation Just Got a Major Boost

The Conservation Finance Alliance (CFA) announced today that the French Facility for Global Environment / Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial (FFEM) and the MAVA Foundation have jointly awarded 701,114 Euros (822,315 USD) to support CFA.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Expert Pitch

ASU Expert Available to Talk About Wildfires

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Embargo expired on 12-Oct-2017 at 08:00 ET

Tough Challenges Ahead for California Firefighters, Residents, According to Virginia Tech Fire Expert

– Virginia Tech

Wildfires Fed by Outdated Forestry Practices, Climate Change

– Cornell University

Expert Can Discuss Trump's Push to Roll Back the Clean Power Plan

– University of Delaware

‘Little Effect’ on Coal Jobs From Clean Power Plan Rollback, WVU Expert Says

– West Virginia University

What’s in That Smoke?

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Clean Power Plan Repeal: What’s Next?

– Northwestern University

In Push Towards Electric Cars, Batteries and Fuel Cells Both in the Mix

– Cornell University

Puerto Rico Needs a Repeal of the Jones Act, Further Incentives

– Cornell University





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