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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 14-Jun-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.

Key Ocean Fish Can Prevail with Changes to Farmed Fish, Livestock Diets

A new study shows that if current aquaculture and agriculture practices remain unchanged into the future, wild forage fish populations likely will be overextended by the year 2050, and possibly sooner. However, making sensible changes in aquaculture ...

– University of Washington

Nature Sustainability, June-2018

Embargo expired on 14-Jun-2018 at 11:00 ET

eDNA Analysis: A key to Uncovering Rare Marine Species

An emerging tool that can be used with just a sample of seawater may help scientists learn more about rare marine life than ever before. According to Ellen Pikitch, PhD, of Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, this to...

– Stony Brook University

Science, June 15. 2018

embargoed until 14-Jun-2018, 14:00 ET

Soils Give Background to Vacation Fun

Headed out on vacation? Don’t forget to observe the soil along the way! Soils Matter, Soil Science Society of America’s science-based blog, can points out the soil landmarks. Bon voyage!

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

Ocean Waves Following Sea Ice Loss Trigger Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse

Storm-driven ocean swells have triggered the catastrophic disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves in recent decades, according to new research published in Nature today.

– University of Adelaide


Embargo expired on 13-Jun-2018 at 13:00 ET

To Forecast Winter Rainfall in the Southwest, Look to New Zealand in the Summer

El Niño was long considered a reliable tool for predicting future precipitation in the southwestern United States, but its forecasting power has diminished in recent cycles, possibly due to global climate change. In a study published today in Nature...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Communications, June-2018

Ice loss in Antarctica is increasingly contributing to global sea level rise

Loss of ice in Antarctica has caused global sea levels to rise by 7.6 millimeters since 1992, with 40 percent of the increase happening in just the past five years, according to a team of 84 scientists, including discipline-leading experts from the U...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature, June-2018

Researchers Explain Ammonia Distribution in Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

A new study co-led by University of Iowa researchers helps clarify how ammonia is present in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Using computer modeling, the researchers found ammonia molecules trapped in liquid cloud droplets are released during convection...

– University of Iowa


Volcanic Activity, Declining Ocean Oxygen Triggered Mass Extinction of Ancient Marine Organisms

Millions of years ago, powerful volcanoes pumped Earth's atmosphere full of carbon dioxide, draining the oceans of oxygen and driving widespread extinction of marine organisms. Could something similar be happening today?

– Florida State University


Olive Oil Production Threatened by New Deadly Plant Pathogen Recently Introduced to Europe

One of the iconic ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which often has been associated with beneficial effects in the prevention of cancer as well as several other disorders, is extra-virgin olive oil. For thousands of years, olive trees were plant...

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Choice Matters: The Environmental Costs of Producing Meat, Seafood

A new study appearing online June 11 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment considers which food type is more environmentally costly to produce: livestock, farmed seafood or wild-caught fish.

– University of Washington

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, June-2018

Embargo expired on 11-Jun-2018 at 00:05 ET

Robust MOF Material Exhibits Selective, Fully Reversible and Repeatable Capture of Toxic Atmospheric Gas

Scientists have developed a metal-organic framework material offering selective, reversible and repeatable capture of nitrogen dioxide from ambient air. This could lead to cost-effective capture of greenhouse gases, to facilitate sequestration and he...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nature Materials

Embargo expired on 11-Jun-2018 at 11:00 ET

Making the Oxygen We Breathe, a Photosynthesis Mechanism Exposed

Oxygen photosynthesis has to be the greatest giver of life on Earth, and researchers have cracked yet another part of its complex and efficient chemistry. The more we know about it, the better we may be able to tweak photosynthesis, if it comes under...

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; MCB-14-11734

World Oceans Day: UGA Professor Jenna Jambeck to Speak to United Nations

The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is combating plastic pollution, a problem that has been piling up—quite literally—for decades.

Expert Available

– University of Georgia

Consumers’ Food Choices Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. A new study provides the latest and most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by U.S. consumer food purchases, and assesses how those...

– Tufts University

Food Policy, June-2018

Hurricanes Are Slowing Down, and That’s Bad News

Some hurricanes are moving more slowly, spending increased time over land and leading to catastrophic local rainfall and flooding, according to a new study published Wednesday (June 6) in the journal Nature.

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nature June 6, 2018

Campus Garden Promotes Sustainable Food Practices

Students in Gonzaga University’s Collegiate DECA Club kicked off the growing season recently in the GU Campus Garden, planting a variety of vegetables and learning to grow food using sustainable practices. Through their efforts, students learn the ...

– Gonzaga University

Global Temperature Report: May 2018

Global climate trend since Dec. 1 1978: +0.13 C per decade

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Policy and Public Affairs

WCS Applauds House Appropriations Committee Support for Key Interior Conservation Programs

This week, the House Appropriations Committee marked up and passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior Appropriations bill, which controls U.S. government investment in supporting international conservation and stopping wildlife crime.

– Wildlife Conservation Society


UC San Diego Launches New Center for Anti-Parasitic Drug Discovery and Development

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of chronic and disabling parasitic infections that primarily affect poor and underserved communities. These diseases affect more than 1 billion people globally, yet are rarely the target of new drug discovery e...

– University of California San Diego Health

Remember: Only You (and Artificially Intelligent Drones) Can Prevent Forest Fires

A team of ASU students built an AI drone to detect wildfires before they become catastrophic. The students will compete for a $100,000 prize in an international Microsoft pitch competition this summer.

– Arizona State University (ASU)

UVA Darden Releases Policy Playbook Identifying Six Actions to Catalyze Clean-Tech Innovation

Moving the needle on climate change will require substantive and disruptive innovation across multiple industry sectors. Public and private investment focused on a few key areas could have a significant impact, according to a new policy playbook rele...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Expert Pitch

Volcanic Eruption Impacts Environment and Economy, Raises Questions About Zoning and Development, Says University of Redlands Professor Nicholas Reksten

– University of Redlands





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