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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 05-Dec-2018

Climate Change News and Experts for Media

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.

Wildfire Ash Could Trap Mercury

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, heat waves and drought conditions spawned hundreds of wildfires in the western U.S. And in November, two more devastating wildfires broke out in California, scorching thousands of acres of forest, destroying homes and...

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 05-Dec-2018 at 08:00 ET

Health groups call for greater EU leadership in tackling climate change

New research published in The Lancet medical journal today shows that emissions, climate change and rising temperatures are already exposing people everywhere to an unacceptably high health risk.

– Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

The Lancet

Colombia Tropical Forest Fires Spike After 2016 Peace Accords

Fires that contribute to deforestation spiked six-fold in Colombia in the year after an historic 2016 peace agreement ended decades of conflict between FARC guerrilla and government forces, according to a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Nature Ecology & Evolution; Rutgers Today

Forget ‘needle in a haystack.’ Try finding an invasive species in a lake.

When the tiny and invasive spiny water flea began appearing in UW–Madison researchers’ nets in 2009, scientists began to wonder how Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, went from flea-free to infested seemingly overnight, und...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ecosphere Nov. 5, 2018

Full of Energy

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers have received a $1.88 million grant to study the properties of gallium oxide, which could prove to be an effective semiconductor for high-voltage systems. Gallium oxide could lead to ...

– University of Utah

Utility customers overestimate cost savings with energy-conservation plans

When deciding whether to participate in programs designed to conserve energy during peak hours, consumers appear to rely more on their intuition about how much money they’re saving rather than on proof their bills are smaller, a new study has found...

– Ohio State University

Nature Energy

The secret contamination of polar bears

Using a new approach to measure chemical contaminants in polar bears, scientists from Canada and the United States found a large variety of new chlorinated and fluorinated substances, including many new polychlorinated biphenyl metabolites. Worryingl...

– Wiley

Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Salt-Evolved Zooplankton Grow Too Slowly To Block Salt-Induced Algal Blooms

Salt-adapted freshwater zooplankton grow 65 percent slower than regular zooplankton. Their slow growth cascades down the food chain in environments polluted with the most commonly found salt, triggering algal blooms.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Machine learning helps predict worldwide plant-conservation priorities

A new approach co-developed at The Ohio State University uses data analytics and machine learning to predict the conservation status of more than 150,000 plants worldwide. Results suggest that more than 15,000 species likely qualify as near-threatene...

– Ohio State University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Can Sudden Weather Change Cause Strokes?

Dramatic changes in barometric pressure may increase the incidence of a type of stroke known as spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage, a study found.

– Rush University Medical Center

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

New Experimental Red Tide Respiratory Forecast Will Help Public Know Their Risks When They Visit the Beach

Pinellas County residents and visitors who are susceptible to the respiratory impacts of Florida's red tide -- especially people with asthma and other chronic lung diseases -- now have a new tool that will help them know their risks before they visit...

– Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

WIU Administrator, Students Help with Taylorville Tornado Damage Assessment

MACOMB, IL – A Western Illinois University administrator and two students were headed outside the classroom Monday morning to assist with assessing the damage caused by the tornadoes impacting central Illinois Saturday afternoon.

– Western Illinois University

Wild yeasts may hold key to better wines from warmer climates

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have found yeasts that naturally occur on wine grapes may improve wines produced in warmer climates. Up until now the use of these ‘natural’ or ‘wild’ yeasts during the production process has mostly b...

– University of Adelaide

Scientific Reports

Government Inaction on Climate Change Threatens Lives: Report

The Australian report is part of a joint global initiative between The Medical Journal of Australia and The Lancet to track progress on health and climate change and inform policy makers of political actions needed.

– University of Sydney

Medical Journal of Australia; Lancet Countdown 2018 Global Report

Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool

Utter the words "ocean acidification" in mixed company, and you'll probably get blank stares. Although climate change has grown steadily in the public consciousness, one of its most insidious impacts - a widespread die-off of marine ecosystems driven...

– Stanford University

Frontiers in Psychology

Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions

A new study involving Kansas State University researchers reveals that water storage declines in global landlocked basins has aggravated local water stress and caused potential sea level rise.

– Kansas State University

Nature Geoscience

Tending the Soil

The world’s leading soil scientists met at Argonne recently to discuss the importance of what’s under our feet.

– Argonne National Laboratory

Moviemaking mimics nature for creative control and a more realistic look

HANOVER, N.H. - November 29, 2018 - A new theory based on the physics of cloud formation and neutron scattering could help animators create more lifelike movies, according to a Dartmouth-led study. Software developed using the technique focuses on ho...

– Dartmouth College

ACM Trans. Graph.


Bioarchaeologist receives NSF grant to study rise and fall of ancient societies in southern Peru

Corina Kellner of Northern Arizona University will use a Senior Archaeology Award to fund two summers of research in southern Peru to study the development, expansion and collapse of the Nasca and Wari societies during the Andean Middle Horizon perio...

– Northern Arizona University

Expert Pitch

Expert: Why Alaskan Plate Tectonics Drive Massive Earthquakes

– University at Buffalo

Rutgers Experts Can Discuss Sea Temperatures During Hurricane Michael, Other Storms

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Geophysicist available to talk about Alaska earthquake

– Bowling Green State University

UD experts available to speak on Anchorage, Alaska earthquake and its impacts

– University of Delaware

SU Geography/GIS Experts Available to Discuss 7.0 Alaska Earthquake

– Salisbury University

Seismic tests in Atlantic threaten ‘entire species’ of endangered Right Whale

– Cornell University





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