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Sea-Level Rise Projections Made Hazy By Antarctic Instability

It may take until the 2060s to know how much the sea level will rise by the end of this century, according to a new Rutgers University–New Brunswick-led analysis. The study is the first to link global and local sea-level rise projections with simul...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Earth's Future ; Rutgers Today


Researchers Capture Oldest Ice Core Ever Drilled Outside the Polar Regions

The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age—more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared.

– Ohio State University

2017 AGU Fall Meeting


Climate Scientists Study the Odds of a U.S. Megadrought

To help untangle fact from speculation, Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwest...

– Cornell University

Journal of Climate, Jan-2018


NMSU Professor Conducts Research on Golden Eagles Being Killed by Wind Turbines

A New Mexico State University professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is conducting research on golden eagles being killed by wind turbines and other human-related factors.

– New Mexico State University (NMSU)


Exposure to Air Pollution Just Before or After Conception Raises Risk of Birth Defects

Women exposed to air pollution just prior to conception or during the first month of pregnancy face an increased risk of their children being born with birth defects, such as cleft lip or palate or abnormal hearts.

– Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Journal of Pediatrics


Restoration Ecology Students Gain Skills Through Service-Learning

The grounds of University House, the official residence of the Bowling Green State University president, include a large, manicured lawn. But behind the green lawn is an equally important but less obviously tended space, a short-grass prairie that th...

– Bowling Green State University


Tracking Climate Changes – Neighborhood by Neighborhood

A scientist wants to know more about urban microclimates She’s launched a project to measure neighborhood-to-neighborhood differences in Baltimore, hoping to alert residents, guide city planners and ease some of the impact of climate change.

– Johns Hopkins University


Reductions in Individual Plant Growth Sometimes Boost Community Resilience

In sports, sometimes a player has to take one for the team. The same appears to be true in the plant world, where reduced individual growth can benefit the broader community.

– University of Michigan

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 05:00 ET


Cold Suns, Warm Exoplanets and Methane Blankets

Three billion years ago, the sun shone weaker, but Earth stayed surprisingly warm. Carl Sagan thought a greenhouse effect must have been to thank. A model built on 359 chemical processes has finally arrived at scenarios with a reasonable chance of pr...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Nature Geoscience; 25120006; NNA 15BB03A; FR-2015-65744

Embargo expired on 11-Dec-2017 at 11:00 ET


Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs

In a study published today in the open-access journal PeerJ, researchers present evidence that low cheetah population estimates in southern Africa support a call to list the cheetah as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of N...

– PeerJ

PeerJ


UCI Scientists Unveil New Satellite-Based Global Drought Severity Index

Just in time for the holidays, researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions are rolling out a new satellite-based drought severity index for climate watchers worldwide.

– University of California, Irvine

Journal of Hydrometeorology


Energy, Economy, and the Earth: The Benefits of Creating Feedback Loops

Scientists reduce uncertainties in future climate prediction by directly coupling an energy-economy model to an Earth system model.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Climate Change 7, 496-500 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3310]


Underappreciated Microbes Now Get Credit for Holding Down Two Jobs in Soil

Soil microbes work as both decomposers and synthesizers of carbon compounds in soil, offering new answers with impacts to crops and eco-health.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Microbiology 2, 17105 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/nmicrobiol.2017.105]


Better Late Than Never - Making a Billion-Year-Old Geologic Feature Great Again

Geologists have corrected a mix-up that made an ancient geological structure in the central U.S. seem hundreds of miles shorter than it really is. The biggest failed rift known to geologists is even bigger than originally thought, according to resear...

– Northwestern University

American Geophysical Union fall meeting


Solar Instruments, Experiments Headed for International Space Station

A solar instrument package designed and built by the University of Colorado Boulder to help monitor the planet’s climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

– University of Colorado Boulder


El Nino and Liquid Water Clouds Contribute to Antarctic Melt in 2015-2016

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) observations provide clues on atmospheric contributions to an Antarctic melt event.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Communications 8, 15799 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15799]


How Grasslands Regulate Their Productivity in Response to Droughts

Scientists show that grasslands are more sensitive to changes in the amount of moisture in the air than to changes in precipitation.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature Geoscience 10(4), 284-288 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2903]


Announcements


NAU Researchers Join DOE Project to Study the Soil Microbiome and Its Effect on Carbon Persistence

NAU Regents’ Professor Bruce Hungate, director of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss), recently joined a new initiative lead by LLNL to study how the soil microbiome controls the mechanisms that regulate the stabilization of the or...

– Northern Arizona University


Nine Honored by Society for Risk Analysis

Today, the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) awarded six prestigious scholarly and service awards and named three new Fellows at its Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. These awards recognize nine individuals for their outstanding contributions to t...

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2017 at 13:30 ET


WCS Conservationists and Partners Honored with Sanctuary Wildlife Awards

Conservationists and partners with the Bengaluru-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) -India received multiple awards at the Sanctuary Wildlife Awards event held in Mumbai yesterday. The awardees included Mr. Jayachandran S, Mr. Shashank Dalvi, ...

– Wildlife Conservation Society


URI Graduate School of Oceanography Scientists to Present Research at National Meeting, Dec. 11-15

Oceanographers from the University of Rhode Island will once again present their research and posters during an international Earth science meeting this month.

– University of Rhode Island

50th annual gathering of the American Geophysical Union


Expert Pitch


Silicon Valley Fuels Renewable Energy Demand as Washington Steps Back on Climate Change

– Cornell University


University of Utah Scientists Study Ancient Environments of Grand Staircase-Escalante Region

– University of Utah


Disaster Research Experts Available to Discuss Evacuations and Other Aspects of Southern California Fires

– University of Delaware


California's Vulnerability to Wildfire Fed by Climate Change

– University of Redlands


Wildfires Pose Great Threat to Health, Burden on Economy, and Long-Term Impact on Environment

– University of Redlands

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