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Thursday, October 11, 2018

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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 11-Oct-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.

Evolutionary ‘Arms Race’ – How Dolphins and Whales Fight Disease Threats

A groundbreaking study reveals how dolphins, whales and other cetaceans compete for survival in an evolutionary “arms race” with changing pathogenic threats like mercury and brevotoxin (e.g. Red Tide). Researchers show that cetaceans use several ...

– Florida Atlantic University


Boxing Up Ag Field Nitrogen

Scientists develop edge-of-field practices so growers can keep the early planting offered by the tile drains while protecting nearby streams–and the Gulf of Mexico–from nitrate contamination.

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

Journal of Environmental Quality, 9/6/18

Studies Reveal Powerful Links Between Economic Development, Technology and Geopolitical Cooperation to Reduce Climate Change

Stony Brook University researchers are trying to determine key links between economic development, technology, politics and human decision making in the context of climate change. Their research published in two peer-reviewed journals helps shed ligh...

– Stony Brook University

Nature Climate Change; Nature Human Behaviour

Poop-to-Power: Manure Separator Benefits Dairy, Generates Clean Energy

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Dairy Barn – home to 200 cows – has installed a state-of-the-art system that separates manure from sand bedding material, providing cleanbedding for the cows and creating muck perfect...

– Cornell University

Polar bears gorged on whale carcasses to survive past warm periods, but strategy won't suffice as climate warms

A new study led by the University of Washington found that while dead whales are valuable sources of fat and protein for some polar bears, this resource will likely not be enough to sustain most bear populations in the future when the Arctic becomes ...

– University of Washington

Crowd-Sourced Data Wins Protection for Endangered Tricolored Blackbird

Orin Robinson, a fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, conducted research using eBird that provided evidence of endangerment of the California Tricolored Blackbird.

– Cornell University

Biological Conservation

One Key to Climate Change Turnaround Eyed in Antarctic Ocean

New research could lead to the kind of drastic changes demanded in the UN's climate change report. The study says winds in the Antarctic Ocean strengthen during the austral summer and surface waters acidify faster than can be accounted for by increas...

– University of Delaware

Nature Communications

Sustainable intensification of crops topic of symposium

Sustainable intensification is an approach that aims to increase crop yields on existing agricultural land while minimizing the negative environmental pressures and impacts of agricultural systems. Scientists at the American Society of Agronomy and C...

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

ACS Meetings

Researchers linking Clean Air Act to soil composition

A team of West Virginia University researchers are investigating the impact of the Clean Air Act on soil and tree growth in the eastern U.S.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

WVU Researchers Linking Clean Air Act to Soil Composition

Researchers from WVU have teamed up with collaborators at Lawrence Livermore National Lab to predict the future of these effects on Earth’s forest ecosystems and understand why soil under some tree species gain more carbon in response to nitrogen d...

– West Virginia University

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

Global Temperature Report: September 2018

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Social entrepreneurship can lift communities before, during and after severe weather events

People and communities impacted by severe weather can benefit from entrepreneurial activities.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Expanding Fungal Diversity, One Cell at a Time

Reported October 8, 2018, in Nature Microbiology, a team led by U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute researchers developed a pipeline to generate genomes from single cells of uncultivated fungi. The approach was tested on several uncultiv...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Microbiology; JGI Fungi; JGI

Embargo expired on 08-Oct-2018 at 11:00 ET

Global Sea Level Could Rise 50 feet by 2300, Study Says

Global average sea-level could rise by nearly 8 feet by 2100 and 50 feet by 2300 if greenhouse gas emissions remain high and humanity proves unlucky, according to a review of sea-level change and projections by Rutgers and other scientists.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Annual Review of Environment and Resources.; Rutgers Today

UCI Study: Reduced Sierra Nevada Snowmelt Runoff to Threaten California Agriculture

An estimated three-quarters of the water used by farms, ranches and dairies in California originates as snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but the future viability of that resource is projected to be at heightened risk due to global climate ch...

– University of California, Irvine

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct-2018

Model to predict greenhouse gases, carbon storage in coastal wetlands under changing conditions developed at WVU

A pair of researchers from West Virginia University has developed a new model to reliably predict the greenhouse gas fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane in coastal wetlands under rising temperatures and changing environments.

– West Virginia University

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeoscience.

Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge, NVIDIA Team Breaks Exaop Barrier With Deep Learning Application

A team of computational scientists from Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and engineers from NVIDIA has demonstrated an exascale-class deep learning application that exceeded the exaop barrier, using a climate dataset from Berkeley Lab o...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Buy or lease? In going solar, third-party systems perform better, research finds

An analysis of 2,000 nonresidential solar systems in California found that third-party installations have a 4 percent better production yield than systems owned directly by the businesses.

– University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Volume 20, Issue 4, Fall 2018

Scientists Call for Microbial “Noah’s Ark” to Protect Global Health

A Rutgers University–New Brunswick-led team of researchers is calling for the creation of a global microbiota vault to protect the long-term health of humanity. Such a Noah’s Ark of beneficial germs would be gathered from human populations whose ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Science ; Rutgers Today


Southern Research first to win accreditation under ISO 14034

Southern Research has become the first organization in the United States to earn accreditation under ISO 14034, a new international standard for evaluating and verifying environmental technologies that was recently adopted by the American National St...

– Southern Research

Expert Pitch

Disaster Researchers on Hurricane Michael: Preparations, Evacuation and Recovery

– University of Delaware

Wake Forest Hurricane Experts Available

– Wake Forest University

Virginia Tech coastal experts available as Michael makes Florida landfall

– Virginia Tech

GW Experts Available to Discuss New Landmark UN Report on Climate Change

– George Washington University

Hurricane Michael: UAB experts available for interviews about emergency response and recovery

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hurricane Michael: Expert in modeling/simulation, emergency preparedness and critical and energy infrastructure available

– Argonne National Laboratory

Hurricane Michael: Expert on public and government use social media in a crisis available for interview

– Argonne National Laboratory

Experts discuss immediate and lasting impacts of hurricanes

– West Virginia University

Power utilities and state government to be tested post-Michael

– Cornell University

Hurricane Experts Available to Explain Storm Behavior, Potential Impacts.

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Displaced Seabirds, Songbird Mass Migration Expected in Hurricane Michael’s Wake

– Cornell University

Hurricane Experts Available to Provide Analysis Throughout the Season

– Florida State University

Rutgers Experts Available to Comment on IPCC Special Report

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Sustainability Pioneers: Renewable Energy, New Tech and Social Sciences Needed to Tackle Climate Change

– Cornell University





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