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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 13-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.

An Energy-Efficient Way to Stay Warm: Sew High-Tech Heating Patches to Your Clothes

What if, instead of turning up the thermostat, you could warm up with high-tech, flexible patches sewn into your clothes – while significantly reducing your electric bill and carbon footprint? Engineers at Rutgers and Oregon State University have f...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Scientific Reports; Rutgers Today

First-ever look at complete skeleton of Thylacoleo, Australia’s extinct “marsupial lion”

Thyalacoleo carnifex, the “marsupial lion” of Pleistocene Australia, was an adept hunter that got around with the help of a strong tail, according to a study released December 12, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Roderick T. Wells of F...



Embargo expired on 12-Dec-2018 at 14:00 ET

Scientists Identify New Minerals for Carbon

Research confirms new minerals are capturing and storing carbon in a new paper by University of Alberta geologists and their collaborators. The minerals, members of the hydrotalcite group, are the first outside of the carbonate family to naturally ca...

– University of Alberta

International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control

Tube travel linked to the spread of flu-like illnesses

Despite the commuter cold being a widely accepted concept, it has never been proven that public transport contributes to the spread of airborne infections. Now new research on the London underground commute has proven a link does exist.

– University of Bristol

Environmental Health

Climate change imperils Midwest ag production

A new Cornell University-led study shows that Midwest agriculture is increasingly vulnerable to climate change because of the region’s reliance on growing rain-fed crops.

– Cornell University

Science Advances, Dec. 2018

Cloud or no cloud, that is the question

Feature RICHLAND, Wash. — Kids lying on their backs in a grassy field might scan the clouds for images—perhaps a fluffy bunny here and a fiery dragon over there. Often, atmospheric scientists do the opposite—they search data images for the clou...

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sierra Snowpack Could Drop Significantly By End of Century

A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that analyzed the headwater regions of California’s 10 major reservoirs,...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Geophysical Research Letters; release online

Switching to a Home Battery Won’t Help Save the World from Climate Change

Home energy storage systems might save you money, but under current policies, they would also often increase carbon emissions. That is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego in a study published rece...

– University of California San Diego

Environmental Science & Technology

Under snow, underfoot: soils in winter

Chilling sub-zero temperatures. Astounding snowfalls. The weather outside is frightful. Yet under the snow and frost, life in soils carries on! Soils Matter, Soil Science Society of America’s science-based blog, provides insights to soils in winter...

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Humans may be reversing the climate clock, by 50 million years

Our future on Earth may also be our past. In a study published Monday (Dec. 10, 2018) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that humans are reversing a long-term cooling trend tracing back at least 50 million years...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

PNAS Dec. 10, 2018

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2018 at 15:00 ET

Houses in Hurricane Strike Zones Are Built Back Bigger

A study of hurricane-hit areas of the United States has revealed a trend of larger homes being built to replace smaller ones in the years following a storm.

– University of Southampton

Nature Sustainability

Embargo expired on 10-Dec-2018 at 11:00 ET

UNH Researchers Find Unexpected Impact of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Watershed

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found unprecedentedly high levels of nitrate, an essential plant nutrient, in streams and watersheds of Puerto Rico for a year after two consecutive major hurricanes in 2017. This high amount of nit...

– University of New Hampshire

American Geophysical Union

How Will the Winds of Climate Change Affect Migratory Birds?

Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring. Researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology came to this ...

– Cornell University

Global Change Biology, Dec. 2018

Studies: Transgenic American Chestnut TreesShow No Ill Effects on Seeds, Fungi or Larval Frogs

Two new ESF studies on the environmental impact of transgenic American chestnut trees provide evidence that the trees have no harmful effects on germinating seeds, beneficial fungi, or larval frogs that are dependable indicators of environmental qual...

– SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Frontiers in Plant Science

Solar Base Station Gets Upgrade

The improvements will facilitate solar energy research conducted by scientists from Brookhaven Lab and outside institutions.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Embargo expired on 07-Dec-2018 at 07:30 ET

Low Oxygen and pH Levels in Estuaries Causing More Death to Larval Blue Crabs

Inhabiting a vast network of estuaries along the Atlantic coast, blue crabs are ecologically important and represent one of the valuable and prized fisheries in the United States. Blue crabs spawn in estuaries at a time of year when water-quality is...

– Stony Brook University

PLoS One

Animals help mitigate climate change through influence on carbon cycle, according to interdisciplinary team of remote sensing scientists

Scott Goetz and Chris Doughty of Northern Arizona University participated in a study published in the journal Science that shows animals play a significant role in mitigating the effects of climate change by mediating carbon exchange between ecosyste...

– Northern Arizona University

Strong growth in global CO2 emissions expected for 2018

Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high in 2018 - according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.

– University of East Anglia


Biggest extinction in Earth’s history caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath

The largest extinction in Earth’s history marked the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago. Long before dinosaurs, our planet was populated with plants and animals that were mostly obliterated after a series of massive volcanic erup...

– University of Washington


Turning climate change from a 'tragedy of the commons' to positive action

Climate change must no longer be viewed as a "tragedy of the commons", researchers say. December marks the 50th anniversary of the paper that popularized the concept of tragedy of the commons: it argued that individuals will always take advantage ...

– University of Exeter

Global Environmental Change

Arctic ice model upgrade to benefit polar research, industry and military

An update for an internationally vital sea-ice computer model developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory with several collaborating groups, called CICE version 6.0, is being released this week, a timely tool that supports more accurate forecasting o...

– Los Alamos National Laboratory

Policy and Public Affairs

Health Experts Call on EPA to Reverse Decision to Eliminate Pollutant-Specific Panels

In a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler members of the scientific community expressed concern about the agency’s decision to dissolve pollutant-specific advisory panels, including one charged with setting the National Ambient Air Qua...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

2019 International Conference


Industrial Biotech Leader to Use Benson Hill’s Cpf1 and Cms1 Genome Editing Portfolio Across its Business Segment

Benson Hill empowers organizations of any size across the agri-food value chain to benefit from the most advanced tools in genomic innovation, including the largest portfolio of Cpf1 and Cms1 nucleases in industry.

– Benson Hill Biosystems

Expert Pitch

Climate Change: Wake Forest University Experts

– Wake Forest University

Rutgers Water Expert Available to Comment on Federal Water Proposal

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Trump administration chooses oil exploration at expense of sage grouse

– Cornell University

Experts available: Carbon rates increasing at accelerated pace

– Northwestern University





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