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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 31-May-2018

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.

Doctors and Patient Groups Launch Unmask My City Initiative to Clean Up Sofia’s Air

A coalition of nine doctor and health organisations has today joined the global Unmask My City initiative, calling for greater urgency in achieving clean air in Sofia. The Bulgarian capital is one of the most polluted cities in the whole European Un...

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

Embargo expired on 30-May-2018 at 18:05 ET

New Research Finds Tall and Older Amazonian Forests More Resistant to Droughts

A new Columbia Engineering study shows that photosynthesis in tall Amazonian forests--forests above 30m--is 3x less sensitive to precipitation variability than in shorter forests of less than 20m. Taller Amazonian forests were also found to be older,...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Geoscience May 28 2018

Radish Cover Crop Traps Nitrogen; Mystery Follows

New research supports the use of radish as a cover crop as a trap crop for fall nitrogen. However, what happens to that nitrogen afterward remains unknown.

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

Agronomy Journal April 12, 2018

UF Survey: Homeowners Want to Keep Their Lawns Lush and Conserve Water

They also want a landscape with pollinators, one that helps preserve the environment and one on which they can lie in a hammock for peace of mind, said Laura Warner, a UF assistant professor of agricultural education and communication.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Changing the Surroundings Improves Catalysis

Water changes how cobalt-based molecule turns carbon dioxide into chemical feedstock.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56,15002 (2017). [DOI: 10.1002/anie.201709319]

New Map Shows Many Old-growth Forests Remain In Europe

A team of researchers created the first map of Europe’s last wild forests. The map identifies more than 3.4 million acres in 34 European countries, showing that more old growth remains than previously understood.

– University of Vermont

Diversity & Distributions

Biology Student Links Clean Air Act to Red Spruce Recovery in Appalachia

A dramatic recovery of red spruce trees in the central Appalachian Mountains led West Virginia University researchers to pursue the driving factors behind improved forest health.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Bees Adjust to Seasons with Nutrients in Flowers and ‘Dirty Water’

Researchers discovered that honey bees alter their diet by the season. A spike in calcium consumption in the fall, and high intake of potassium, help prepare the bees for colder months when they likely need those minerals to generate warmth. Limitati...

– Tufts University

Journal of Insect Physiology. (May-June 2016) 107:23-8; DOI: 10.1016/jinsphys.2018.02.002

Smart Windows, New Magnetic Element, Tracking Internet Devices, and More in the Engineering News Source

The latest research and features in the Newswise Engineering News Source

– Newswise

Plastic Pollution Plagues Raritan and Passaic Rivers

Generations of Rutgers students and alumni have sung lovingly about the “Banks of the Old Raritan,” but the 90-mile-long waterway is awash in microplastic pollutants, a problem that plagues many freshwaters in New Jersey. In a recent study, resea...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

AIMS Environmental Science ; Rutgers Today

Team Cracks Code on Cheap Carbon Nanotubes Made From Toxic Air

Carbon nanotubes are supermaterials that can be stronger than steel and more conductive than copper. They’re not in everything because these amazing properties only show up in the tiniest nanotubes, which formerly were extremely expensive.

– Vanderbilt University

ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces; CMMI 1400424

People, Organizations Work Together to Hurricane-Proof Houston-Area Community.

Effort leads to new Exploration Green nature park that will detain floodwater, clean runoff

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Hot Cars Can Hit Life-Threatening Levels in Approximately One Hour

Researchers from University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Arizona State University found that if a car is parked in the sun on a summer day, the interior temperature can reach 116 degrees F. and the dashboard may exceed 165 degrees F...

– University of California San Diego Health


Asteroid Impact Grounded Bird Ancestors

An international team of scientists has concluded the asteroid that smashed into Earth 66 million years ago not only wiped out the dinosaurs, but erased the world’s forests and the species that lived in trees. The researchers say only small ground-...

– Cornell University

Current Biology, May 2018

Prehistoric People Also Likely Disrupted by Environmental Change

Prehistoric people of the Mississippi Delta may have abandoned a large ceremonial site due to environmental stress, according to a new paper authored by Elizabeth Chamberlain, a postdoctoral researcher in Earth and environmental sciences, and Univers...

– Vanderbilt University

Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology; New Orleans Center for the Gulf South 03092016

Treading Lightly on Vacation Soils

Summertime is recreation time! While the wilds may call us, respect for ecosystems should guide us. Soils Matter, Soil Science Society of America’s science-based blog, explains why we should protect life underfoot.

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Policy and Public Affairs

EU Commission Refers 6 Countries to EU Court for Failure to Keep EU Air Quality Standards

European Commissioner Vella has referred 6 out of 9 countries to the European Court of Justice for failure to keep EU air quality standards.

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)


Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series Begins Early June

West Virginia University’s Core Arboretum will bring local and regional nature experts to campus this summer in its annual Nature Connection Series.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Expert Pitch

Expert Dispels Myths About Lyme Disease and Offers Tips for Prevention

– Virginia Tech


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