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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 18-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.

Estimating the Feeding Habits of Corals May Offer New Insights on Resilient Reefs

Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and colleagues have found that corals living in more productive waters take advantage of the increased food availability. The findings reevaluate scientific ...

– University of California San Diego

Current Biology

S&T Provides Real-Time Technology Solutions in Response to Major Hurricanes

As Hurricane Florence approached the United States East Coast this September and Hurricane Michael approached Florida, emergency managers and responders looked to predictive, situational awareness and decision support tools to help them prepare for t...

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Blue Crab Baby Sizes and Shapes Influence Their Survival

Like people, blue crabs aren’t all the same sizes and shapes. Now Rutgers scientists have discovered substantial differences in the body structures of larval crab siblings and among larvae from different mothers. And that can mean the difference be...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Biological Bulletin; Rutgers Today

UNH Researchers Say Winter Ticks Killing Moose at Alarming Rate

As winter in New England seems to get warmer, fall lingers longer and spring comes into bloom earlier, areas like northern New Hampshire and western Maine are seeing an unusual continued increase in winter ticks which are endangering the moose popula...

– University of New Hampshire

Canadian Journal of Zoology, September 26, 2018

Arctic Greening Thaws Permafrost, Boosts Runoff

A new collaborative study has investigated Arctic shrub-snow interactions to obtain a better understanding of the far north’s tundra and vast permafrost system. Incorporating extensive in situ observations, Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Environmental Research Letters

Wind Farms and Reducing Hurricane Precipitation

New research reveals an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: the ability to lessen precipitation from hurricanes.

– University of Delaware

Environmental Research Letters

Myanmar Establishes New Protected Area For Critically Endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin

Working in collaboration with Myanmar’s Department of Fisheries (DoF), WCS has announced the creation of a new protected area for a population of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) living in the Ayeyawady River of cent...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Alligators Shed Light on Reproductive Disorders

Researchers from the University of Georgia have discovered that timing of exposure is a key factor in how certain contaminants affect the reproductive system—information that may help scientists understand the causes of reproductive disorders in wi...

– University of Georgia

Biology of Reproduction

Any way the wind blows

Argonne researchers recently partnered in a project to improve short-term wind forecasting in complex terrains in an effort to make wind energy a more reliable resource. They are currently seeking funding to pursue further studies with the data colle...

– Argonne National Laboratory

Global Warming Will Have Us Crying in What’s Left of Our Beer

On top of rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes and worsening wildfires, scientists project that human-caused climate change will result in one of the most dire consequences imaginable: a disruption in the global beer supply.

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Plants, Oct-2018

Two Degrees Decimated Puerto Rico’s Insect Populations

While temperatures in the tropical forests of northeastern Puerto Rico have climbed two degrees Celsius since the mid-1970s, the biomass of arthropods – invertebrate animals such as insects, millipedes, and sowbugs – has declined by as much as 60...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Study Reveals Best Use of Wildflowers to Benefit Crops on Farms

For the first time, a Cornell study of strawberry crops on New York farms tested this theory and found that wildflower strips on farms added pollinators when the farm lay within a “Goldilocks zone,” where 25 to 55 percent of the surrounding area ...

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Aug-2018

Notre Dame Releases Climate Vulnerability Assessment of More Than 270 US Cities

The Urban Adaptation Assessment is an open-source, free measurement and analysis tool that explores a city’s ability to adapt and readiness for adaptation to climate change.

– University of Notre Dame

Hurricane Preparedness Tips From a Disaster Nurse

People who plan to ride out a storm must be prepared. They cannot rely solely on sandbags and luck to see them through. Understanding how a specific area will be affected by flood waters, power outages, and a prolonged need for self-sustainment are p...

– Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Poor and Elderly Puerto Ricans Faced a Persistent Risk of Dying in the Six Months after Hurricane Maria

The study found that people living in all areas of Puerto Rico faced an elevated risk of mortality during the first two months after the storm, but this risk elevation was most prominent, and prolonged, for people living in the poorest parts of the i...

– George Washington University

The Lancet Planetary Health

Study Finds Florida Panhandle Not as Prepared for Hurricane as Other Parts of the State

A study released today found that the vast majority of counties in the Florida Panhandle were less prepared for emergency evacuation compared to the rest of the state.

– Florida Atlantic University


Gulf-Wide Sea Grant Team Receives National Award for Oil Spill Science Outreach Efforts

The Gulf Sea Grant oil spill science outreach team -- which includes Monica Wilson of UF/IFAS -- -- received the National Superior Programming Award for its work synthesizing research results related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Mars Taps Benson Hill’s Crop Design Platform to Help Protect Cacao from Climate Change

“We want to enable farmers to produce more cocoa from less land,” said Dr. Howard Shapiro, Chief Agricultural Officer of Mars. “Benson Hill has built an impressive data and machine learning platform designed to provide insights that can improve...

– Benson Hill Biosystems

Expert Pitch

Ramping Corn Production for E15 Blend Using Precision Agriculture

– South Dakota State University

FAU Hurricane Evacuation Expert Available to Discuss Aftermath of Hurricane Michael

– Florida Atlantic University

Michael Devastates Coastal Towns, but Infrastructure, Economy Will Bounce Back Fast

– Cornell University





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