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Thursday, November 15, 2018

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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 15-Nov-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.

How Can We Tell if Forest Rehabilitation Is Successful?

When trees are removed, it’s not just the view that changes in a former woods. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Nov. 15 Soils Matter blog explains the unintended consequences of tree removal by early colonists in Southeastern states, and ...

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Climate Simulations Project Wetter, Windier Hurricanes

New supercomputer simulations by climate scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma, and...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2018 at 13:00 ET

Seismic Study Reveals Huge Amount of Water Dragged Into Earth’s Interior

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench.The observations from the dee...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Embargo expired on 14-Nov-2018 at 13:00 ET

Colder, Darker Climates Increase Alcohol Consumption and Liver Disease

People living in colder regions with less sunlight consume more alcohol and experience more alcoholic liver disease.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Hepatology; Mexican National Council for Science and Technology, and the Spanish Association for the Study of the Liver; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology...

For Arid, Mars-Like Desert, Rain Brings Death

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death. An international team of planetary astrobiologists has found that after encountering never-before-seen rainfall three y...

– Cornell University

Nature Scientific Reports, Nov. 2018

First tally of U.S.-Russia polar bears finds a healthy population

The first assessment of polar bears that live in the biologically rich Chukchi Sea region that spans the U.S. and Russia, finds that the population is healthy and not yet suffering from declining sea ice.

– University of Washington

Scientific Reports

ESF Team Reports Discovery of Unusual Molecule

Two ESF scientists are part of a research team that recently discovered an unusual molecule that is produced in the oceans by planktonic microalgae and bacteria.

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry


X-Rays Show How Periods of Stress Changed an Ice Age Hyena to the Bone

An international team has unearthed what life might have been like for a now-extinct subspecies of spotted hyena. They found that despite their massive size, some cave hyenas experienced times of hardship that affected them to the bone, causing areas...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Anné et al., Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 11 October (10.1039/c8ja00314a)

Kawasaki Disease: One Disease, Multiple Triggers

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and international collaborators have evidence that Kawasaki Disease (KD) does not have a single cause. By studying weather patterns and geograp...

– University of California San Diego Health

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 12-Nov-2018 at 05:00 ET

The tale of a spider and a pitcher plant: NUS study explains how two predators can benefit from collaboration

Two recent studies by ecologists from the National University of Singapore have shed light on the relationship between the slender pitcher plant and its ‘tenant’, the crab spider Thomisus nepenthiphilus, providing insights to the little known for...

– National University of Singapore

Journal of Animal Ecology

NUS study: Mangroves can help countries mitigate their carbon emissions

Geographers from the National University of Singapore have found that coastal vegetation such as mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes may be the most effective habitats to mitigate carbon emissions.

– National University of Singapore

Biol. Lett. 2018 14 20180251; DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0251. Published 24 October 2018

RTI International to Perform Large-Scale Tests of Its Innovative Carbon Capture Technology for Cleaner, Less Costly Power

RTI International announced today its participation in a 2-1/2 year collaborative project to advance its non-aqueous solvent (NAS)-based CO2 capture technology for post-combustion CO2 capture at coal-fired power plants

– RTI International

Common allergen, ragweed, will shift northward under climate change

The first study of common ragweed’s future U.S. distribution finds the top allergen will expand its range northward as the climate warms, reaching new parts of upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, while retreating from current hot sp...

– University of Washington


Millions in Danger of Food Insecurity Due to Severe Caribbean Droughts

Climate change is impacting the Caribbean, with millions facing increasing food insecurity and decreasing freshwater availability as droughts become more likely across the region, according to new Cornell University research in Geophysical Research L...

– Cornell University

Geophysical Research Letters, Sept. 2018

Plant Detective: Missouri S&T Professor Studies Plants as “Bio-Sentinels” of Indoor Pollution

Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back that’s seen better days since the next-door neighbors put their home on the market.They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and ph...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

University Research Shows World Heritage Sites Under Threat From Climate Change

UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean such as Venice, the Piazza del Duomo, Pisa and the Medieval City of Rhodes are under threat of coastal erosion and flooding due to rising sea levels, a study published in Nature magazine reports this w...

– University of Southampton


Anglo-Bulgarian expedition finds evidence of the world’s ‘Oldest Intact Shipwreck’

Following three years of highly-advanced technological mapping of the Black Sea floor, an international team scientists led by experts from the University of Southampton have confirmed that a shipwreck lying intact has been officially radiocarbon dat...

– University of Southampton


NSF Funds Bakman Technologies ‘THz Drone’

Funding will aid in the production of a new class of instruments that are smaller, lighter, more cost effective and more sensitive.

– Bakman Technologies


S&T-sponsored Technology Assesses Bridge Safety after Powerful Storms

Loose or loosening soil is often the culprit in weakening bridge stability. Thus, an instrument that can quickly assess the soil conditions around bridge pillars became a top priority for DHS S&T, as well as state and local governments.

– Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Expert Pitch

Wildfires: Experts Share 10 Tips for For Staying Healthy

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Wildfire and climate expert Jacquelyn Shuman, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is available for interviews.

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Fire ecologist shares experiences, research on nature’s way of recovering from massive wildfire destruction

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Greenland Ice Sheet Research

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Florida Ban on Offshore Drilling Protects Marine Life, but Threats Remain From Across State Waters

– Cornell University

Disaster Research Experts Can Comment on Wildfires in Northern California

– University of Delaware

NCAR Wildfire Weather Expert Janice Coen Available for Interviews About California "Camp Fire."

– National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Evacuation Expert on Wildfires: ‘Get Out Before Flames Reach You’

– Northwestern University





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