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Friday, August 17, 2018

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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 17-Aug-2018

Climate Change News and Experts for Media

As record temperatures envelope much of Europe, climate change-driven droughts are getting hotter in North America.

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.

The Wheat Code Is Finally Cracked

The reference sequence of the genome of bread wheat, the world’s most widely cultivated crop, is published, announced the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium.

– International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Science, 17 Aug 2018

embargoed until 16-Aug-2018, 14:00 ET

The Vulnerable Ones

Faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) share tips on how to reduce your risk of a heat-related illness.

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Climate Change Sea Level Rises Could Increase Risk for More Devastating Tsunamis Worldwide

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech.

– Virginia Tech

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 15-Aug-2018 at 14:00 ET

Bird Communities Dwindle on New Mexico’s Pajarito Plateau

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably dropped.

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Biological Conservation

Simulating Biomolecules Just Got Faster and More Accurate

Researchers from the University of Florida and the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil have used state of the art simulations to assess the effect of both pH and redox potential, or rate of electron transfer, on a biomolecule.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The Journal of Chemical Physics

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

Demonstrated Natural Refrigerant Replacements Could Reduce Energy Costs and Conserve the Environment

The 1987 Montreal Protocol and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol called for countries around the world to phase out substances that deplete the ozone layer and cause global warming, but many HVAC systems still use synthetic refrigerants that violate those inte...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Despite Flood Damage, Graduate Student Research on Pilgrim River, Brooks Creek Persists

Graduate students studying area rivers and streams affected by the way the June 17 flood has changed the landscape.

– Michigan Technological University

UIC students to set off on Arctic adventure through Northwest Passage

A select group of University of Illinois at Chicago students will be aboard a polar vessel for three weeks as part of the Northwest Passage Project, a historic, educational excursion across the remote Canadian Arctic.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Historic Space Weather Could Clarify What’s Next

Historic space weather may help us understand what’s coming next, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

– University of Warwick

Space Weather

Algorithm Provides Early Warning System for Tracking Groundwater Contamination

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Savannah River National Laboratory have developed a low-cost method for real-time monitoring of pollutants using commonly available sensors.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Environmental Science & Technology.


Danforth Center and Saint Louis University Establish Joint Faculty Partnership

The Danforth Center and Saint Louis University are pleased to announce that Allison Miller, Ph.D., professor of biology at Saint Louis University (SLU) and research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden, will be appointed to a joint faculty posi...

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Embargo expired on 16-Aug-2018 at 07:00 ET

Expert Pitch

As Controversial EPA Rule Comment Period Comes to a Close, Data Management Expert Offers Recommendations for Implementation

– Virginia Tech

University of Washington Forest Biologist Available to Discuss Wildfires in the Western States

– University of Washington

Rutgers Climate Expert Available for Interviews on the Recent Extreme Rainfall and Severe Flash Flooding in Parts of New Jersey

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Available for Interviews on the Annual Perseid Meteor Shower

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick





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