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More Wet and Dry Weather Extremes Projected with Global Warming

Global warming is projected to spawn more extreme wet and dry weather around the world, according to a Rutgers-led study. Those extremes include more frequent dry spells in the northwestern, central and southern United States and in Mexico, and more ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Journal of Climate; Rutgers Today


What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

Engineers from the University of Utah’s School of Computing conducted a study to determine if homeowners change the way they live if they could visualize the air quality in their house. They provide homeowners pollution sensors and a tablet to see ...

– University of Utah

Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies; U54EB021973


High-Tech Observations for Food Security

Satellites and other remote technology are able to gather information as varied as soil moisture, crop yields, and growing conditions. How will this improve food security world-wide? The Special Session Symposium, “Advances in the Use of Earth Obse...

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

American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society Annual Meeting, Nov. 4-7, 2018


Genome of Sea Lettuce that Spawns Massive "Green Tides" Decoded

Sea lettuce, a fast-growing seaweed that spawns massive “green tides,” is a prolific thief, according to research that for the first time sequenced the genome of a green seaweed

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Current Biology; Rutgers Today


Lilly Pilly fossils reveal snowless Snowy Mountains

Leaf fossils discovered high in Australia’s Snowy Mountains have revealed a past history of warmer rainforest vegetation and a lack of snow, in contrast with the alpine vegetation and winter snow-covered slopes of today.

– University of Adelaide

American Journal of Botany


Cooling Effect of Preindustrial Fires on Climate Underestimated

A new study, “Reassessment of Pre-Industrial Fire Emissions Strongly Affects Anthropogenic Aerosol Forcing,” by a Cornell University postdoctoral researcher, published in August in Nature Communications, finds that emissions from fire activity we...

– Cornell University

Nature Communications, Aug. 2018


In disaster’s wake, novel computing techniques support emergency responders

As hurricanes barrel toward the coastlines and wildfires rage in arid regions of the United States, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are providing critical geospatial data to support first responders as they wo...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Crowdsourced App Gauges Flood Waters

Communicating flood risk can be more streamlined and an interdisciplinary team of engineers, hydrologists, and computer scientists plan to develop apps to improve monitoring and predictions.

– Michigan Technological University

National Science Foundation


Glassy Wildfire Soot Remains Longer in the Atmosphere

Light-absorbing brown carbon aerosols, emitted by wildfires, remain longer in the atmosphere than expected, which could have implications for climate predictions.

– Michigan Technological University

Department of Energy SC000941; National Science Foundation AGS-1110059


Cross-cutting issues in environmental quality and agriculture symposium

Farmers and agronomists must continue to focus on yield when creating their management plans, as the world’s population keeps growing. However, environmental quality–especially water and soil quality–deserve as much focus as yield. Scientists p...

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

ASA, CSSA, and CSA International Annual Meeting


Prince William Visits United for Wildlife Project At the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka in Tanzania

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William visited Tanzania’s College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Mweka, as part of his current visit to Africa as President of United for Wildlife. While there, the Duke took part in an exercise as part of SMA...

– Wildlife Conservation Society


High CO2 Levels Cause Plants to Thicken Their Leaves, Which Could Worsen Climate Change Effects, Researchers Say

When levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise, most plants do something unusual: They thicken their leaves. Now two University of Washington scientists have shown that this reaction by plants will actually worsen climate change by making the g...

– University of Washington

Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Oct 2018


What Is “Porous Pavement” and How Does That Help Soils Capture and Clean Water?

Parking lots, sidewalks, streets, and rooftops: cities are full of water-shedding surfaces. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Oct. 1 Soils Matter blog explains why these surfaces are problematic, and how soil can be part of the answer.

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)


Researchers Find Value in Unusual Type of Plant Material

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) with partners at the Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) have shown that a recently-discovered variety of the substance, catechyl lignin (C-lignin...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 28-Sep-2018 at 14:00 ET


How Some Algae May Survive Climate Change

Green algae that evolved to tolerate hostile and fluctuating conditions in salt marshes and inland salt flats are expected to survive climate change, thanks to hardy genes they stole from bacteria, according to a Rutgers-led study.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Molecular Biology and Evolution; Rutgers Today


Policy and Public Affairs


UD Scientists Develop Low-Cost Flood Sensing System

UD scientists have provided state transportation officials a vital new tool designed to help them monitor roadways prone to flooding and get the information they need to alert drivers to dangerous areas.

– University of Delaware


Announcements


Interdisciplinary Research Team Collaborating on Crowdsourced App Designed to Forecast, Track Flood Waters

Researchers from Arizona's three public universities, including Mikhail Chester from ASU and Ben Ruddell from NAU, received a $1.5 million grant from the NSF for this project.

– Northern Arizona University

SCC-1831475


Three Cheetah Cubs Born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) welcomed a litter of three cheetah cubs Sept. 22.

– Smithsonian Institution


Novant Health Leverages Wolters Kluwer’s Lippincott Solutions to Establish Nursing Care Standards and Exceed Quality Benchmarks

Wolters Kluwer, Health announced today that Novant Health is utilizing the Lippincott® Solutions suite to advance its wide-ranging quality improvement initiatives focused on standardizing care across 15 acute care hospitals and medical centers in fo...

– Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins


Food Security Under Changing Climate

At a time when changes to climate are expected to impact crop yields, UD scientists are part of an interdisciplinary team that will look to make crops more resilient to meet the demands of producing more food in climates with higher temperatures.

– University of Delaware


Expert Pitch


FAU Research Experts Available to Discuss Red Tide, Harmful Algal Blooms Affecting Florida’s Coastlines

– Florida Atlantic University


Aftermath Analysis: Climate change sea-level rises could increase risk for more devastating tsunamis worldwide, according to Virginia Tech expert

– Virginia Tech

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