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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 07-Dec-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.

The Molecular Structure of a Forest Aroma Deconstructed

The fresh, unmistakable scent of a pine forest comes from a medley of chemicals produced by its trees. Researchers have now accurately determined the chemical structure of one of these compounds in its gas phase, a molecule called alpha-pinene. The n...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The Journal of Chemical Physics

Final Check as Instruments Set Sail to Track Aerosols Over Southern Ocean

Imagine spending several weeks aboard a ship traversing the stormiest ocean on Earth, climbing each day to the highest deck to check on scientific instruments mounted inside a windowless, 20-foot shipping container. As you steady yourself against the...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

“Green” Cataract Surgery Model Drastically Reduces Environmental Footprint

Faculty at NYU School of Medicine report that a healthcare center in India's model for cataract surgery emits 96 percent less carbon than in the United Kingdom -- and a likely even greater savings in the United States -- while yielding comparable or ...

– NYU Langone Health

Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Dec-2017

Embargo expired on 06-Dec-2017 at 00:00 ET

Freezing Trees, Finding Answers

Ice storms can wreak havoc on communities. Frozen limbs, dragged down by the weight of the ice, can snap off and fall on cars, homes, and power lines. But scientists aren’t sure how ice storms affect long-term forest health. Researchers are changin...

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

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America

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

Diesel Vehicles in Oil Sands Operations Contribute to Regional Pollution

Wildfires, cigarette smoking and vehicles all emit a potentially harmful compound called isocyanic acid. The substance has been linked to several health conditions, including heart disease and cataracts. Scientists investigating sources of the compou...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Decades-Past Logging Still Threatens Spotted Owls in National Forests

Logging of the largest trees in the Sierra Nevada’s national forests ended in the early 1990s after agreements were struck to protect species’ habitat. But new research reported Dec. 6 in the journal Diversity and Distributions by University of...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Diversity and Distributions Dec. 6, 2017

Experts on CA Wildfires, Wildfire Smoke and Birthweight, Smoke and Pollution Link, and More in the Wildfires News Source

The lastest research and experts on Wildfires in the Wildfires News Source

– Newswise

Beyond Politics: Private Industry Needs to Step Up on Climate Change

Two Vanderbilt experts show evidence that progress can continue to be made on climate change and other environmental issues regardless of what the government is doing.

– Vanderbilt University

Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

Grading Schools in Light of Hurricane Harvey Is "Unjust" According to Professor

At a House Public Education Committee hearing last month, superintendents asked the state to waive the accountability ratings that are tied to students’ scores on state standardized tests this spring.

Expert Available

– Texas A&M University

Future Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Dry Out California

Arctic sea ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next few decades could impact California’s rainfall and exacerbate future droughts, according to new research led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nature Communications, December 5, 2017

Embargo expired on 05-Dec-2017 at 05:00 ET

Rooftop Wiretap Aims to Learn What Crows Gossip About at Dusk

An interdisciplinary team is using a covert sound-based approach, worthy of an avian CSI, to study the link between crows' calls and their behavior.

– University of Washington

Acoustical Society of America Annual Meeting, Dec-2017

Fish Exposed to Treated Wastewater Have Altered Behaviour: Research

A team of researchers from Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada and McMaster University have found that fish living downstream from a wastewater treatment plant showed changes to their normal behaviour—ones that made them vulnerable to pred...

– McMaster University

Scientific Reports

Once They Start Composting, People Find Other Ways to Be “Green”

Composting food scraps can prompt people to make other earth-friendly choices, new research has found. When one California city started a composting program to keep food waste out of its landfill, residents began to pay more attention to other enviro...

– Ohio State University

Environment and Behavior

Global Temperature Report: November 2017

Global temperatures drop; November still warm

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Exploring Biodiversity of Parasitic Wasps at Smithsonian

A senior research project on parasitic wasps that feed on aphids led to a summer internship at the Smithsonian Institute that was a dream come true for an entomology graduate student.

– South Dakota State University

North American Storm Clusters Could Produce 80 Percent More Rain

Major clusters of summertime thunderstorms in North America will grow larger, more intense, and more frequent later this century in a changing climate

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Nature Climate Change

Story Tips From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, December 2017

U.S. cities could save billions with ORNL’s precise approach to de-icing wintry roads; discovery of overlooked function of certain microbes could boost environmental clean-up strategies; novel tools can “see” atomic structures of aluminum-ceriu...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers Turn to Trees to Trim Highway Toxins

Cornell University engineering students are creating a state-of-the-art computer model to strategically place trees on highways near residential areas to mitigate pollution particles and improve human health.

– Cornell University

Genes Found in Drought-Resistant Plants Could Accelerate Evolution of Water-Use Efficient Crops

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering an...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Sea Level Rise Experts Discuss Projected Increases in Delaware

A geologist for the state of Delaware and a climate scientist unpack the results of a recent report on sea level rise and talk about how projected increases may affect the First State and other areas on the Atlantic Seaboard.

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– University of Delaware


Churchill Marine Observatory Receives New Federal Funding

In Churchill today, the federal government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced a significant investment to assist Canadians with the cost of food and to generate economic growth, particularly in northern Manitoba.

– University of Manitoba

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces 2017 Gulf Star Projects

GOMA announces 11 recipients receiving a combined total of over $666,000 dollars in the 2017 Gulf Star Program.

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Expert Pitch

Spotted Lanternfly Threatens NY, Northeast Apple, Grape and Hop Crops

– Cornell University

Chicago Climate Charter Shows ‘Bold Leadership’ for American Workers

– Cornell University

WashU Experts: Wildfire Research

– Washington University in St. Louis

Ventura County Environmental Scientist says climate change means more Santa Anas, more fires in California unless something is done

– California State University, Channel Islands

Agung’s Silver Lining: Climate Scientists Eye Bali Volcano for Clues to Cool the Planet

– Cornell University





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