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Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 16-Nov-2017

Climate Change News and Experts for Media

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.

Update: NASA has published a series of stunning images showing an Antarctic iceberg the size of Delaware, giving a close-up glimpse of a vast body of ice previously shown only in satellite images.

New Trillion Trees Partnership Calls for Global Efforts to Protect and Restore 1 Trillion Trees

WCS, WWF, and BirdLife International today launched the Trillion Trees programme, a 25-year initiative to help implement and scale global forest commitments and spur greater ambitions towards protecting and restoring one trillion trees by 2050—the ...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Replace or Wait? Study Says Swap All Incandescent Bulbs Now, but Hold on to CFLs, older LEDs

LED light bulbs are getting cheaper and more energy efficient every year. So, does it make sense to replace less-efficient bulbs with the latest light-emitting diodes now, or should you wait for future improvements and even lower costs?

– University of Michigan

Environmental Research Letters

Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 19:00 ET

X-Rays Reveal the Biting Truth About Parrotfish Teeth

A new study has revealed a chain mail-like woven microstructure that gives parrotfish teeth their remarkable ability to chomp on coral all day long – the structure could serve as a blueprint for designing ultra-durable synthetic materials.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

ACS Nano, Oct. 20, 2017

Embargo expired on 15-Nov-2017 at 09:00 ET

Scientists Team Up on Study to Save Endangered African Penguins

The first study on prognostic health indicators in the endangered African Penguin provides invaluable information to preserve and rehabilitate this seabird. Competition with fisheries, oil spills, climate change, diseases and predators are all contri...

– Florida Atlantic University

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

Salt Pond in Antarctica, Among the Saltiest Waters on Earth, Is Fed From Beneath

One of the saltiest bodies on Earth, an analog to how water might exist on Mars, shows signs of being one piece of a larger aquifer.

– University of Washington

Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Helping Students Through Five Stages of 'Eco-Grief'

Humboldt State University Environmental Studies professor identifies “eco-depression” among her students and adjusts her teaching methods to help students cope with their feelings

– Humboldt State University

Where a Leaf Lands and Lies Influences Carbon Levels in Soil for Years to Come

Whether carbon comes from leaves or needles affects how fast it decomposes, but where it ends up determines how long it's available.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Biogeochemistry 134, 5-16 (2017). [DOI: 10.1007/s10533-017-0345-6]

A Chemical Thermometer for Tropical Forests

Monoterpene measures how certain forests respond to heat stress.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Plant, Cell & Environment 40, 441-452 (2017). [DOI: 10.1111/pce.12879]

The Effect of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Dry Forests

More frequent storms turn forests from carbon source to sink.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Environmental Research Letters 12, 025007 (2017). [DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa583c]

Heartbreaking Video of Rescued African Gray Parrots Destined for Pet Trade

WCS has released heartbreaking footage of rescued African gray parrots from the Republic of Congo where thousands were destined for the illegal pet trade.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Neutrons Probe Oxygen-Generating Enzyme for a Greener Approach to Clean Water

An international researcher team used neutron analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, x-ray crystallography and other techniques to study chlorite dismutase, an enzyme that breaks down the environmental pollutant chlorite into harmless byproducts....

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ACS Catalysis

Investment Portfolio Theory Helps Scientists Predict Animal Population Growth

A study published in PNAS details a new “landscape portfolio” theory that is based on Markowitz’s “portfolio theory” in economics, melded with ecological landscape theory to predict population growth of living things.

– Stony Brook University


UWM Geologists Uncover Antarctica’s Fossil Forests

Prehistoric polar forests were built for survival, but were not hardy enough to live in ultra-high concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide. A UWM geologist is studying the tree fossil record in Antarctica from a mass extinction 250 million years...

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

NSF 1142749

Royal Send-Off

The Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA), WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) announced today the release of 25 Royal Turtles into their natural hab...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Subalpine Wildflowers, Butterfly Evolution, Ancient Mammals, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.

– Newswise

The Society for Risk Analysis Presents Research Solidifying the Need for Reformed Climate Policies

Four studies presented at the 2017 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting will conduct a critical review of approaches scientists are using to characterize the impacts of climate change and assess the resulting economic damages. Ultimately, t...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

SRA Annual Meeting, Dec-2017

Saving Coney Island From the Roller Coaster of Climate Change

Cornell landscape architecture graduate students are wrestling with Coney Island’s tenable, livable resilience in the face of nature aiming to reclaim the island. By semester’s end, the students will develop 36 ways to keep Coney Island inhabitan...

– Cornell University

Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural hea...

– Newswise

Virtual Press Briefing - Closing the Rural Health Gap

Embargo expired on 08-Nov-2017 at 08:55 ET

Easing the Soil’s Temperature

Many factors influence the ability of soil to buffer against temperature changes. Recent research shows both perennial biofuel and cover crops help soils shield against extreme temperatures.

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

Soil Science Society of America Journal, August 31, 2017 , 2017

Embargo expired on 08-Nov-2017 at 09:00 ET

Cleaning Up Aquatic Pollution with Mussels

Scientists and activists alike have been looking for a solution to the problem of aquatic nutrient pollution. Now one group reports in Environmental Science & Technology that ribbed mussels are up to the clean-up challenge.

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

New Data Suggests Increased Vulnerability for Island Countries

The latest data released by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) shows that small island states face increasing challenges to address the impact of climate change.

– University of Notre Dame

Climate Report: Get Ready for More Surprises in Warming Climate

The Climate Science Special Report, released last week by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, details the science behind global warming and its current and potential impacts on the American economy, communities, public health and infrastructure....

Expert Available

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

How a “Flipped” Gene Helped Butterflies Evolve Mimicry

Scientists from the University of Chicago analyzed genetic data from a group of swallowtail species to find out when and how mimicry first evolved, and what has been driving those changes since then.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Nature Communications

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

How Climate Change May Reshape Subalpine Wildflower Communities

An unseasonably warm, dry summer in 2015 on Washington state's Mount Rainier caused subalpine wildflowers to change their bloom times and form 'reassembled' communities, with unknown consequences for species interactions among wildflowers, pollinator...

– University of Washington

Climate Change, Sparse Policies Endanger Right Whale Population

North Atlantic right whales – a highly endangered species making modest population gains in the past decade – may be imperiled by warming waters and insufficient international protection, according to a new Cornell University analysis published i...

– Cornell University

Global Change Biology, 30 Oct. 2017

New Approach to Geoengineering Simulations Is Significant Step Forward

Using a sophisticated computer model, scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a new research approach to geoengineering could potentially be used to limit Earth’s warming to a specific target while reducing some of the risks and concer...

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres

New Approach to Geoengineering Simulations Is Significant Step Forward

Using a sophisticated computer model, scientists have demonstrated for the first time that a new research approach to geoengineering could potentially be used to limit Earth’s warming to a specific target while reducing some of the risks and concer...

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres

Climate Change Likely to be More Deadly in Poor African Settlements

Conditions in crowded urban settlements in Africa make the effects of climate change worse, pushing temperatures to levels dangerous for children and the elderly in those areas.

– Johns Hopkins University

PLOS ONE, Nov-6-2017; DGE1069213; ES023029 [

Embargo expired on 06-Nov-2017 at 14:00 ET

White Roofing Isn’t Always Green, Virginia Tech Study Confirms

A study out of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ Center for High Performance Environments presents a new scientific challenge to widely held industry assumptions that white roofing is the best option for commercial builde...

– Virginia Tech

Roofing; Home Energy

How Will the Nor Cal Wildfires Affect California’s Wine Industry?

Experts at Fresno State and Sonoma State are still assessing the impact of the recent fires. So far, winemakers at both campuses see a healthy picture for the state and wine lovers alike.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Improving Fuel Economy, High School Scientists, Highly Sensitive Sensors, and More in the Engineering News Source

The latest research and features in the Newswise Engineering News Source

– Newswise

California State University Interns Tackle So Cal's Water Woes

The California State University’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) has launched a grant-funded program this fall that gives students hands-on internship experience while helping to solve water problems impacting Southern California.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Global Temperature Report: October 2017

Warmest October in satellite temperature record

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Protecting the Wild: Baylor Professor Helps to Minimize Recreation Disturbance to Wildlife

In a cover story published this week in the Ecological Society of America’s premier journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Kevin J. Gutzwiller, Ph.D., professor of biology in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, and co-auth...

– Baylor University

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Story Tips from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2017

ORNL story tips, November 2017: Fast-learning computing technique supports hurricane damage assessments; neutrons unlock liquid flow mystery; “puckering” 2D material creates tunable energy gap; window air conditioning prototype allows safe use of...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Rutgers Reflects: Five Years Since Sandy

It has been five years since Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of more than a hundred people and upended the lives of millions more along the mid-Atlantic coast. After the storm, New York City called upon the Rutgers School of Public Health to train ...

– Rutgers School of Public Health


Sac State's Efforts to Stay Green Again Honored with Gold

Sacramento State has been named one of the world’s most sustainable campuses for the second consecutive year.

– California State University, Sacramento

WCS, WWF, and Birdlife International to Launch Trillion Trees Partnership

Trillion Trees, an innovative new partnership among three of the world’s largest conservation organizations, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), WWF, and Birdlife International, will launch in London, United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 14, 20...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Grant to Assist Robbins Renewal Project

Backed by funding from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, the University of Illinois at Chicago will join a partnership between the village of Robbins and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to support ...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Higher Education Events

Looking at Global Climate Solutions From Multiple Angles

Highlighting the need for a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to solving climate change, Northwestern University’s second annual Climate Change Symposium brings together academics, non-profit and think tank leaders, policy makers and busin...

– Northwestern University

Expert Pitch

Q & A: Restoring Wireless Communications to Puerto Rico and Remote, Disaster-Struck Areas

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Climate Change Impacting Western NY: Buffalo State Experts

– SUNY Buffalo State

Notre Dame Expert Available to Discuss COP23, Syria & Paris Agreement

– University of Notre Dame

As Pollution Skyrockets in India, Health Care Costs Poised to Mount

– Cornell University

UNH Expert Available to Discuss Increasing Acceptance of Climate Change

– University of New Hampshire

One Health Day Puts Spotlight on Need for Environmental Resilience

– Cornell University

Expert: Private Industry, Better Messaging Can Help Slow Climate Change

– Vanderbilt University

Dairy Farmers Harness Tech and Management Smarts to Curb Methane Emissions

– Cornell University





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