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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 22-Mar-2018
 

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UNH Researchers Find Landscape Ridges May Hold Clues about Ice Age and Climate Change

While the repeating pattern of ridges along New Hampshire's Seacoast may be eye-catching for drivers, and sometimes challenging for bicycle riders, researchers at the University of New Hampshire say they may also hold answers to how glaciers helped f...

– University of New Hampshire

Journal of Quaternary Science


Turning Up the Heat on Remote Research Plots Without Electricity

Flexible, tunable technique warms plants without need for electricity, aiding ecosystem research in remote locales.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Biogeosciences 14, 4071 (2017)


Drought-Induced Changes in Forest Composition Amplify Effects of Climate Change on Carbon Storage

The face of American forests is changing, thanks to climate change-induced shifts in rainfall and temperature that are causing shifts in the abundance of numerous tree species, according to a new paper by University of Florida researchers.

– University of Florida

Nature


Understanding Effects of Climate Change on California Watersheds

California relies on the Sierra Nevada snowpack for a significant portion of its water needs, yet scientists understand very little about how future changes in snowpack volume and timing will influence surface water and groundwater. Now researchers a...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Innovative Detectors Quickly Pinpoint Radiation Source

Innovative “lighthouse” detectors that use a sweeping beam to quickly pinpoint a radiation source in seconds are reducing radiation exposure for workers and opening up new areas for robotic monitoring to avoid potential hazards.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory


20 Percent of Americans Responsible for Almost Half of US Food-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On any given day, 20 percent of Americans account for nearly half of U.S. diet-related greenhouse gas emissions, and high levels of beef consumption are largely responsible, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan and ...

– University of Michigan

Environmental Research Letters

Embargo expired on 20-Mar-2018 at 09:00 ET


Engineering Yeast Tolerance to a Promising Biomass Deconstruction Solvent

Chemical genomic-guided engineering of gamma-valerolactone-tolerant yeast.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Microbial Cell Factories 17, 5 (2018). [DOI: 10.1186/s12934-017-0848-9]


A Reference Catalog for the Rumen Microbiome

In Nature Biotechnology, an international team including JGI scientists presents a reference catalog of rumen microbial genomes and isolates, one of the largest targeted cultivation and sequencing projects to date.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Biotechnology


Low-Tech, Affordable Solutions to Improve Water Quality

Clever, fundamental engineering could go a long way toward preventing waterborne illness and exposure to carcinogenic substances in water.

– Michigan Technological University

Journal of Hydraulic Engineering; Journal of Molecular Liquids; Colloids and Surfaces A


So Close, Yet So Far: Making Climate Impacts Feel Nearby May Not Inspire Action

Jonathon Schuldt, assistant professor of communication at Cornell University, says it is possible to make faraway climate impacts feel closer. But that doesn’t automatically inspire the American public to express greater support for policies that a...

– Cornell University

Journal of Environmental Psychology, Feb - 2018


Saplings Survive Droughts via Storage

Certain species of trees retain stored water, limit root growth to survive three months without water.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Tree Physiology 37(4), 469 (2017). [DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpx001]


Sprinkler Quick Fixes

Patrick Dickinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research water conservation horticulturist in Dallas, gives tips for repairing and maintaining sprinkler systems for EPA WaterSense Fix A Leak Week 2018. (Texas A&M AgriLife video by Gabe Saldana)

– Texas A&M AgriLife


Using Food and Fisheries Waste to Provide Sustainable Soil and Cultivation

The University of Portsmouth is playing a major role in a European project using agricultural and fisheries waste to develop sustainable methods and products to improve soil quality and reduce CO2 emissions.

– University of Portsmouth


Berkeley Lab Aims for Big Breakthroughs in Water Technology

Recognizing that the issues of water and energy are critically interdependent, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is launching a new research institute to focus resources on its growing portfolio of proj...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Could Seaweed Save California’s Coast?

CSU faculty researchers find that marine plants could play a big role in reducing ocean acidification, a devastating side effect of climate change.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office


Fisheries Conservation, Bornean Orangutans, Female Birds Prefer Smart Males, and More in the Wildlife News Source

The latest research and features on ecology and wildlife.

– Newswise


Trees Down, Hazards Abound

A Rutgers study calls attention to post-storm hazards posed to tree care workers and provides safety recommendations

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

American Journal of Industrial Medicine


Rutgers Student on Front Lines of Orangutan Conservation, Research

Rutgers doctoral student Didik Prasetyo’s passion is learning more about the endangered apes and trying to conserve their habitats and populations, which face enormous pressure from deforestation from logging, palm oil and paper pulp production, an...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Current Biology; Rutgers Today


Topsy-Turvy Currents Key to Removing Nitrate From Streams, UCI-Led Study Finds

More than 500 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci sketched what he called “la turbolenza,” comparing chaotic swirls atop flowing water to curly human hair. It turns out those patterns influence myriad phenomena, from the drag on an airplane’s wings an...

– University of California, Irvine

Science, March-2018


How Cash Can Promote Tropical Forest Conservation

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they’re discontinued, according to a new CU Boulder study.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Nature Sustainability


Policy and Public Affairs


New Sustainable Shark Trade Bill is Supported by Both Conservationists and Fishing Industry

WCS supports a new bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Congress that encourages a science-based approach to fisheries conservation and management to significantly reduce the overfishing and unsustainable trade of sharks, rays, and skates around th...

– Wildlife Conservation Society


Announcements


Biotech Pioneers, Bruce Rittmann and Mark Van Loosdrecht, Win 2018 Stockholm Water Prize

Professors Bruce Rittmann and Mark van Loosdrecht are named the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureates for revolutionizing water and wastewater treatment. By revolutionizing microbiological-based technologies in water and wastewater treatment, Profe...

– Arizona State University (ASU)


Environmental Economist Named Director of the Center for Water Policy

Tracy Boyer has been named the new Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair in Water Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and director of the Center for Water Policy. Boyer examines how human behavior affects the use of water resources through marke...

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Missouri S&T civil engineering professor named Fulbright distinguished chair in Australia

A Missouri University of Science and Technology civil engineering professor will lecture and conduct research in Australia as a Fulbright scholar in advanced science and technology. Dr. William Schonberg, professor of civil, architectural and envi...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


University of Redlands Honored with 2017 Tree Campus USA Recognition

The University of Redlands, a private liberal arts university in Southern California, has received the 2017 Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management and for engaging staff and ...

– University of Redlands


Expert Pitch


Feeding the Future: Expert Says Ag Day Is a Reminder Farming’s Great Breakthroughs Are Still Ahead

– Cornell University


Rhino Death Reminder of Humanity’s Fatal Ecological Footprint

– Cornell University


Late Winter Cold Temperatures and Snow Place Many Trees and Plants at Risk, Says Expert

– Virginia Tech

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