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Previously Unknown Ocean Virus Family May Also Populate the Human Gut

A newly discovered family of viruses appears to play a major role in killing marine bacteria and maintaining the ocean’s ecology. Preliminary evidence suggests that related bacterial viruses also occur in the human gut. The study, by researchers at...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Embargo expired on 24-Jan-2018 at 13:00 ET

Tracking Wastewater’s Path to Wells, Groundwater

We often “flush it and forget it” when it comes to waste from toilets and sinks. However, it’s important to be able to track this wastewater to ensure it doesn’t end up in unwanted places. Tracing where this water ends up is hard to measure: ...

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

Journal of Environmental Quality, October 26 2017

Rise in Severity of Hottest Days Outpaces Global Average Temperature Increase

While our planet’s average annual temperature has increased at a steady pace in recent decades, there has been an alarming jump in the severity of the hottest days of the year during that same period, with the most lethal effects in the world’s l...

– University of California, Irvine

Earth's Future, Jan-2018

Researchers Use Wild Rice to Predict Health of Lakes and Streams

By studying wild rice in lakes and streams, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has discovered that sulfate in waterways is converted into toxic levels of sulfide and increases other harmful elements.

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance Launches Social Media Campaign

Did you know that New Jersey can expect higher temperatures, heavier rains, rising sea levels and more frequent and severe coastal flooding this century? The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance – facilitated by Rutgers University–New Brunswick...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

Researchers Pose Revolutionary Theory on Horse Evolution

Scientists have long wondered how the horse evolved from an ancestor with five toes to the animal we know today. While it is largely believed that horses simply evolved with fewer digits, researchers at New York Institute of Technology College of Ost...

– New York Institute of Technology

Royal Society Open Science

Embargo expired on 23-Jan-2018 at 19:05 ET

The Big Picture of Great Lakes Mercury Pollution

A transdisciplinary team examined regulatory impacts on Great Lakes mercury, focusing on an Upper Peninsula tribal community with high fish consumption.

– Michigan Technological University

Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts; NSF ICER-1313755

Survey Results Show Christians Becoming Less Concerned About the Environment

There has been no "greening of Christianity" among people in the pews, despite efforts by some religious leaders to emphasize environmental stewardship, according to new Indiana University research.

– Indiana University

Environmental Politics, 20-Dec-2017

All the Buzz – Bigger Honeybee Colonies Have Quieter Combs

When honeybee colonies get larger, common sense suggests it would be noisier with more bees buzzing around. But a study recently published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology reports that bigger honeybee colonies actually have quieter combs than s...

– Cornell University

Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Nov-2017

Researcher Examines Aerosols And Their Impact On Clouds, Weather

Different kinds of aerosols released into the atmosphere can affect cloud formations and influence weather patterns, according to a team of researchers that includes a Texas A&M University atmospheric scientist.

– Texas A&M University

Advances of Atmospheric Sciences, Feb-2018; AGS-1700796

University of Arkansas Research May Lead to New Source of Green Energy

A University of Arkansas invention has the potential to change the way we produce and consume energy. A technology commercialization company has licensed the patent for this technology and is working with physics professor Paul Thibado on to develop ...

– University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Double Trouble: Moisture, Not Just Heat Impacts Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings

Male sea turtles are disappearing and not just in Australia. FAU researchers found that 97 to 100 percent of hatchlings in southeast Florida have been female since 2002. They are the first to show why and how moisture conditions inside the nest in ad...

– Florida Atlantic University


How Climate Change Weakens Coral ‘Immune Systems’

Researchers at The Ohio State University and their colleagues have demonstrated how rising temperatures and acidification combine to destabilize different populations of coral microbes—that is, unbalance the natural coral “microbiome."

– Ohio State University


Marine Vegetation Can Mitigate Ocean Acidification, UCI Study Finds

Marine plants and seaweeds in shallow coastal ecosystems can play a key role in alleviating the effects of ocean acidification, and their robust population in shoreline environments could help preserve declining shellfish life, according to a study b...

– University of California, Irvine

Scientific Reports, Jan-2018

Meet “Alesi,” a 13-Million-Year-Old Ancestor, at Rutgers Geology Museum This Weekend

About 13 million years ago, a distant ancestor of modern apes and humans suffered an untimely death on the arid landscape of northern Kenya. Last year, a Rutgers scientist helped bring its tiny skull to light, filling in a huge gap in the evolutionar...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Today

World Needs Broader Appreciation of Nature’s Contributions to People

Writing in the prestigious journal Science, 30 global experts associated with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have presented an innovative new approach to obtaining benefits from nature.

– University of Portsmouth

Science 19 Jan 2018: Vol. 359, Issue 6373, pp. 270-272 DOI: 10.1126/science.aap8826

Climate Change Linked to More Flowery Tropical Forests

New research from a Florida State University scientist has revealed a surprising relationship between surging atmospheric carbon dioxide and flower blooms in a remote tropical forest.

– Florida State University

Global Change Biology

City Lights Setting Traps for Migrating Birds

A University of Delaware study has examined how light pollution lures birds into urban areas during fall migration, a trend that poses risk for the fowl that often fly into buildings and has increased with the addition of brighter LED lights. The res...

– University of Delaware

Ecology Letters

Temporary 'Bathtub Drains' in the Ocean Concentrate Flotsam

An experiment using hundreds of plastic drifters in the Gulf of Mexico shows that rather than simply spread out, as current calculations would predict, many of them clumped together in a tight cluster.

– University of Washington


BRI Publishes Chapter in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Anthropociene

The chapter, The Effects of Methylmercury on Wildlife: A Comprehensive Review and Approach for Interpretation, authored by BRI Executive Director and Chief Scientist, David Evers, was recently published in Elsevier's Encyclopedia of the Antrhopocene,...

– Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Encyclopedia of the Antrhopocene, 1st Edition

Six CSU Campuses Join Partnership to Develop Future 'Green' Entrepreneurs

​CSU students with big ideas on how California can preserve its energy, agriculture and water supply need look no further than the BlueTechValley Innovation Cluster to bring their concepts to life.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Mothers and Young Struggle as Arctic Warms

A new study from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and partners reveals for the first time the ways in which wild weather swings and extreme icing events are negatively impacting the largest land mammal of the Earth’s polar realms—the muskoxen....

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Scientific Reports

A Survival Lesson From Bats – Eating Variety Keeps Species Multiplying

A new study reveals that omnivorous New World noctilionoid bats, those species with diets including both plant and animal materials, produce more new species in the long run than specialized vegetarian or insectivorous species.

– Stony Brook University

Ecology Letters

New Study of Vertebrate Genomes, Phenomes, Populations to Predict Response to Climate Change

The project, led by Northern Arizona University professor Loren Buck, has the potential to change the way scientists understand life on Earth.

– Northern Arizona University

NAU Scientists Lead DoD Project to Assess Environmental Impact of Changing Climate on Boreal Forests

Professors Scott Goetz and Michelle Mack earned a $2 million grant to study the resiliency and vulnerability of the boreal forest in central Alaska.

– Northern Arizona University


Civil War-Era U.S. Navy Ships’ Logs to Be Explored for Climate Data, Maritime History

A new fleet joins the ongoing quest to learn more about past weather from the records of long-gone mariners.

– University of Washington

Higher Education Events

CSUMB to host White Sharks of California Research Panel January 30

SEASIDE, Ca., January 24, 2018 -- California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) will host a panel of industry-leading shark researchers to discuss their approaches to studying California’s iconic marine predator Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at CSU...

– California State University, Monterey Bay

Saint Louis Climate Summit Announces Keynote Speaker

Former Sierra Club executive Carl Pope, author of the New York Times bestseller, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet, will be the keynote speaker at the April SLU bicentennial event.

– Saint Louis University

Expert Pitch

Cape Town Water Crisis Reflects Poor Water Allocation, Not Just Drought

– Cornell University

Today’s Outer-Rise Earthquake in Alaska Complicates Hazard Assessment

– Cornell University

Please Pass on the Salt: SJU Biologist warns against the widespread use of road salt

– Saint Joseph's University





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