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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 19-Oct-2017

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

'Sex That Moves Mountains': Spawning Salmon Play Significant Role in Shaping Landscapes

When salmon spawn, the earth moves -- not immediately, but over the course of hundreds of thousands or millions of years. That's the conclusion of a study, co-authored by an Indiana University geologist, which finds that salmon can play a significant...

– Indiana University

Geomorphology, 29-Sept-2017

New Amazon Threat? Deforestation From Mining

Sprawling mines caused roughly 10% of Amazon deforestation between 2005 and 2015 - much higher than previous estimates. Roughly 90% of this deforestation occurred outside the mining leases granted by Brazil’s government.

– University of Vermont

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 18-Oct-2017 at 05:00 ET

Living Mulch Builds Profits, Soil

Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except — it’s alive. No, it’s not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a whil...

– 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 18-Oct-2017 at 09:00 ET

UCI Scientists See Order in Complex Patterns of River Deltas

River deltas, with their intricate networks of waterways, coastal barrier islands, wetlands and estuaries, often appear to have been formed by random processes, but scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions see order i...

– University of California, Irvine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct-2017

Exascale and the City

The Argonne-led <em>Multiscale Coupled Urban Systems</em> project will create a computational framework for urban developers and planners to evaluate integrated models of city systems and processes.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Making a Difference: UVA Community Is Giving Back in Wake of Natural Disasters

This story features UVA Darden alumna Elizabeth Moody Ross (MBA '04) who worked in the Home Depot command center to ensure plywood was available to help rebuild areas hit by natural disasters.

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

3-D Scanning Project of 20,000 Animals Makes Details Available Worldwide

What began as a Twitter joke between two researchers has turned into a four-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to take 3-D digital scans of 20,000 museum vertebrate specimens and make them available to everyone online.

– Cornell University

Protecting Future Generations: Scientists Study Arctic Community’s Exposure to Toxic Pollutants

Two professors with Northern Arizona University’s Center for Bioengineering Innovation (CBI) and Department of Biological Sciences—environmental physiologist Loren Buck and ecotoxicologist Frank von Hippel—are working on a long-term research pr...

– Northern Arizona University

Cocktail Tests on Toxic Waste Called For

Surprisingly low concentrations of toxic chemicals – from fungicides to antidepressants – can change the way some aquatic creatures swim and feed, according to new research. In addition, depending on the cocktail of toxins they can produce unexpe...

– University of Portsmouth

Environmental Pollution

Link Between Forest Fire Smoke and Pollution Events Discovered

As so often happens in science, UAH doctoral student Aaron Kaulfus was looking for something else when he realized his forest fire smoke research might be significant.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Environmental Science and Technology, Sept-2017

Using Complex Carbohydrates to Absorb Nitrates, Phosphorus

Polysaccharides, commonly used in food products, may be used to absorb nitrates and phosphorus—and put the nutrients back in the field.

– South Dakota State University

Northern CA Wildfires Generate 1.5 Million Views of UC San Diego’s ‘Firemap’ Resource

A web-based tool recently developed by UC San Diego researchers under an NSF grant to perform data-driven predictive modeling and real-time tracking of fires has already been viewed about one million times and generated more than 115,000 unique visit...

Expert Available

– University of California San Diego

NSF 1331615

Warming Seas Could Lead to 70 Percent Increase in Hurricane-Related Financial Loss

Financial losses could increase by more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used hurricane modeling and information in ...

– University of Vermont

Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Advance Achieved in Dry Preservation of Mammalian Sperm Cells

In a paper forthcoming in the November issue of the journal Theriogenology, a team of researchers from UNC Charlotte and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), announced the first successful drying and rehydration of domestic cat sper...

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Is It Gonna Blow? Measuring Volcanic Emissions From Space

Carbon dioxide measured by a NASA satellite pinpoints sources of the gas from human and volcanic activities, which may help monitor greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.

– Michigan Technological University

Science, Oct-2017; NASA JPL

Climate Change Champion and Pacific Island Leader launches Centre for Applied Conservation Science in Adelaide

(13 October 2017 — Adelaide) Former President of the Republic of Kiribati and Conservation International (CI) Distinguished Fellow Anote Tong will officially launch the Centre for Applied Conservation Science at the University of Adelaide today.

– University of Adelaide


MSU Scientist Leads NOAA-Funded Effort to Better Predict Droughts

A Michigan State University scientist is leading a federally funded effort to create a better system for predicting droughts, which cause billions of dollars in direct losses to the U.S. economy every year.

– Michigan State University


Benson Hill Biosystems Launches the First Fully Enabling Genome Editing System for Crop Improvement

Benson Hill Biosystems today announced the commercial launch of Edit, powered by CropOS™, the first complete genome editing system made accessible to partners for the development of improved crops. Edit system combines the analytical power of Benso...

– Benson Hill Biosystems

BioRxiv, Sept 2017

Embargo expired on 19-Oct-2017 at 02:00 ET

Expert Pitch

Paris and Oxford Plan to Ban Polluting Cars — and Mayors Worldwide Are Paying Attention

– Cornell University

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Experts Available

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Arctic Explorer and Polar Expert Available Live, Taped or by Phone to Discuss Senate Bill Re: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Predicting Volcanic Eruptions Like Mount Agung in Bali Is Tricky Science

– Michigan Technological University


Understanding Wildfire Spread

Check out how UNC Charlotte is studying wildfire spread in this video featuring researchers from the Lee College of Engineering.

– University of North Carolina at Charlotte





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