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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 30-Aug-2018

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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.

Ancient Livestock Dung Heaps Are Now African Wildlife Hotspots

Often viewed as wild, naturally pristine and endangered by human encroachment, some of the African savannah’s most fertile and biologically diverse wildlife hotspots owe their vitality to heaps of dung deposited there over thousands of years by the...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Nature; ECS-0335765

Embargo expired on 29-Aug-2018 at 13:00 ET

Manmade Mangroves Could Get to the ‘Root’ of the Problem for Threats to Coastal Areas

With threats of sea level rise, storm surge and other natural disasters, researchers are turning to nature to protect humans from nature. Using bioinspired materials that mimic mangrove trees, they are creating mangrove-like structures that can be us...

– Florida Atlantic University

Physical Review Fluids

European Researchers Develop a New Technique to Forecast Geomagnetic Storms

Flashes of brightness known as solar flares can be followed by coronal mass ejections that send plasma from the sun into space. These charged particles can then travel to Earth, and when they arrive they wreak havoc on Earth’s magnetic field. The r...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate

The San Joaquin Valley in central California, like many other regions in the western United States, faces drought and ongoing groundwater extraction, happening faster than it can be replenished. And the land is sinking as a result — by up to a half...

– Cornell University

Science Advances, Aug. 2018

Melting Arctic Ice Revamping World’s Shipping Routes—Prompting China’s “Polar Silk Road” and New Investigation

Rising temperatures are melting the Arctic ice, opening new shipping routes and prompting world powers to jostle for access and control.

– Case Western Reserve University

In Warming Arctic, Major Rivers Show Surprising Changes in Carbon Chemistry

New research suggests that the same factors driving the Arctic’s changing climate are fueling a geological response that could play a small part in counteracting those changes’ malign effects.

– Florida State University

Kernels of Knowledge: How Land-Use Decisions Affect Crop Productivity

Model predicts smaller decrease in total corn yields than previous estimates.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientific Reports 7, 1463 (2017). [DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-01599-2]

Wildfire Risk Doesn’t Douse Housing Demand

Demand for real estate rebounds in high-risk areas within one to two years of a wildfire, UNLV study finds. Here’s what the research may mean for homeowners in California and beyond.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Algae a Threat to Walleye Vision, Study Finds

Walleye and the fish they eat struggle to see in water clouded by algae, and that could potentially jeopardize the species’ future if harmful algal blooms persist, according to a new study.

– Ohio State University

Conservation Physiology

Scientists Find Corals in Deeper Waters Under Stress Too

A new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) in Palau describes a novel approach for predicting warm temperature-induced stress on corals ...

– University of California San Diego

Geophysical Research Letters

Generating Energy from Sandy Rivers: An Untapped Renewable Resource Ready for Prime Time?

Findings, detailed in a new paper published in Nature Energy, showed that the model hydrokinetic power plant can generate energy effectively and safely without undermining the stability of the river geomorphic environment.

– Stony Brook University

Nature Energy

Did Bats Invent Fireflies?

Bats can learn to avoid fireflies using sonar or vision, but they learn faster they use both. This is evidence that combining information across senses can increase the power of warning signals. This research has implications for how fireflies evolve...

– Boise State University

Science Advances, Aug. 22, 2018, Vol. 4, no. 8

National Diabetes Coalition Urges Hawaiians Living with Diabetes to Make a Plan to Weather Hurricane Lane

As the Hawaiian Islands brace for Hurricane Lane, a category 4 hurricane that could potentially impact Hawaii between Thursday and Friday, the diabetes community is rallying to make sure that people living with diabetes that use insulin are taking ...

– Endocrine Society


NSF Invests in Collaborative Research to Improve Key Crops’ Resilience to Higher Temperatures

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program, titled, The Role of Meiotic-Stage Non-Coding RNA in the Modulation of Anther & Pollen Dev...

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center


Embargo expired on 30-Aug-2018 at 07:05 ET

Expert Pitch

Landslide expert headed to Kerala, India

– Michigan Technological University

Rutgers Climatologist Available to Discuss this Week’s Hot Weather and Possibly the Warmest August on Record in New Jersey

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

U-M Expert: Puerto Rico Death Toll Increase Not Surprising

– University of Michigan

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Discovery of Rare Plant Last Seen in New Jersey 100 Years Ago

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Will Hurricane Lane Wreak Havoc on Hawaii?

– Northwestern University

Break-Up of Oldest Arctic Ice Is ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ for Climate Change

– Northwestern University





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