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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 12-Jul-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.

How Gold Nanoparticles Could Improve Solar Energy Storage

Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more efficiently than other methods – opening the door to improved storage of solar energy and other advances that could boost renewable en...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Chem; Rutgers Today

Embargo expired on 12-Jul-2018 at 11:00 ET

Geological Records Reveal Sea-Level Rise Threatens UK Salt Marshes, Study Says

Sea-level rise will endanger valuable salt marshes across the United Kingdom by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, according to an international study co-authored by a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Nature Communications; Rutgers Today

UF, Georgia Tech Scientists to Begin Work on More Drought-Tolerant Peanut

With the new variety, growers would be able to produce more market-ready peanuts, and consumers can get more of the protein-filled legume.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Study Raises Concern About Flame-Retardant Metabolites in Bald Eagles

A study finds that chemicals used in flame retardants, plasticizers and other commercial products are broken down through the process of metabolism into other compounds. Researchers say not enough is known about the dangers posed by those compounds, ...

– Indiana University

Environmental Science & Technology - May 2018

Tiny Fern Holds Big Promise for Sustainable Agriculture, Sinks Carbon Dioxide

A tiny fern – with each leaf the size of a gnat – may provide global impact for sinking atmospheric carbon dioxide, fixing nitrogen in agriculture and shooing pesky insects from crops. The fern’s full genome has been sequenced by a Cornell Univ...

– Cornell University

Nature Plants, July 2018

High School Student Mentored by UA Little Rock Chemistry Professors Wins More Than $60k for Outstanding Research

When most people think of tea and molasses, their thoughts don’t stray any further than the kitchen. Meghana Bollimpalli, a Central High School student who was mentored by two chemistry professors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, saw ...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock

UTEP, UNT Collaboration Sheds Light on Composition of Dust Carried by Rainwater Across Texas

A collaboration between professors from The University of Texas at El Paso and the University of North Texas is leading to a better understanding of the composition of dust carried by rain across the state, and how that dust can affect the places whe...

– University of Texas at El Paso

Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

Farming Fish Alter ‘Cropping’ Strategies Under High CO2

Fish that ‘farm’ their own patches of seaweed alter their ‘cropping’ practices under high CO2 conditions, researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have found.

– University of Adelaide

Nature Ecology and Evolution

Embargo expired on 09-Jul-2018 at 11:00 ET

Scientists Capture Breaking of Glacier in Greenland

A team of scientists has captured on video a four-mile iceberg breaking away from a glacier in eastern Greenland, an event that points to one of the forces behind global sea-level rise.

– New York University

Oxygen Levels on Early Earth Rose and Fell Several Times Before the Successful Great Oxidation Event

Earth’s oxygen levels rose and fell more than once hundreds of millions of years before the planetwide success of the Great Oxidation Event about 2.4 billion years ago, new research from the University of Washington shows.

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

What Are Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors, and How Do They Help the Environment?

What can a trench filled with woodchips do to improve water quality? The July 7 Sustainable, Secure Food blog explains bioreactors, a solution to nitrogen runoff.

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

Global Temperature Report: June 2018

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

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Crows vs. Ravens: A Numbers Game Study Finds Crow Mobbing Is a Key Strategy Against a Bigger Bird

ew research is adding validity to the adage "Birds of a feather flock together." A citizen-science-based report published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances suggests that when crows team up to take on a bigger foe it can be a highly successful strat...

– Cornell University

The Auk: Ornithological Advances

Formula Quantifies Fatal Hazards To Kids Left In Hot Cars

A mathematical model developed by Robert Brown, Texas A&M professor of landscape architecture, was used in a highly publicized study quantifying the time it takes for young children to become dangerously hot when they are accidentally left in the bac...

Expert Available

– Texas A&M University

Policy and Public Affairs

Ban Plastic to Save the Heritage of World’s Oldest and Largest Inhabited River Island - Queen’s University Belfast Researcher

A Queen’s University Belfast researcher is working with an Indian community to transform the world’s largest and oldest inhabited river island into a plastic-free zone, in a bid to save its heritage.

– Queen's University Belfast


U.S. and Canada Kick off Joint Next Generation First Responder Initiative with Artificial Intelligence Field Experiment

A new initiative kicks off today to evaluate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and situational awareness technologies during critical incidents. The effort is a joint partnership between DHS S&T and Canada’s Department of National Defence.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Expert Pitch

Pruitt resignation: Ethical lapses may subside, but no real policy shift at EPA, professors say

– Northwestern University

Environmental Law Experts Available for Media Interviews After EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns

– University of Colorado Boulder


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