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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 14-Feb-2019

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.

The sinking mega-delta in Vietnam: ‘Soil subsidence in the Mekong Delta is a hidden assassin’

River deltas face threats other than rising sea levels. Physical geographer Philip Minderhoud has studied soil subsidence in the Mekong delta, and managed to raise the issue with the Vietnamese government. Minderhoud will defend his dissertation on 1...

– Utrecht University

Environmental Research Letters; P. Minderhoud (2019) The Sinking Mega-Delta; Utrecht Studies in Earth Sciences 168

Embargo expired on 14-Feb-2019 at 06:00 ET

Climate change increases potential for conflict and violence

Climate change is accelerating the severity of natural disasters, which will have a direct and indirect effect on violence and aggression, according to a new study. Iowa State researchers have identified three ways climate change will increase the li...

– Iowa State University

Current Climate Change Reports

Fate of meerkats tied to seasonal climate effects

The effects of climate change are especially obvious in arid environments where resources are scarce and subject to seasonal availability. However, the demographic mechanisms through which seasonal climate affects population persistence remains mostl...

– University of Zurich

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Surface lakes cause Antarctic ice shelves to 'flex'

The filling and draining of meltwater lakes has been found to cause a floating Antarctic ice shelf to flex, potentially threatening its stability.

– University of Cambridge

Nature Communications

New study finds ecosystem changes following loss of great white sharks

A new study has documented unexpected consequences following the decline of great white sharks from an area off South Africa. The study found that the disappearance of great whites has led to the emergence of sevengill sharks

– University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Scientific Reports

Gallery 400 exhibit explores effects of climate insecurity across the planet

Gallery 400 exhibit at UIC looks at climate insecurity around the world.

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Moving Artificial Leaves Out of the Lab and Into the Air

Artificial leaves mimic photosynthesis — the process whereby plants use water and carbon dioxide from the air to produce carbohydrates using energy from the sun. But even state-of-the-art artificial leaves, which hold promise in reducing carbon dio...

– University of Illinois at Chicago

Many Arctic lakes give off less carbon than expected

New research by the University of Washington and U.S. Geological Survey suggests many Arctic lakes pose little threat to global carbon levels, at least for now.

– University of Washington

Nature Geoscience, Feb-2019

Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

Understanding tropical rainfall, both past and present

A drop of rainwater that falls on a cassava field in Uganda takes a different path than one that falls 500 miles east in Somalia. Knowing where rain comes from now, and where it might come from under future climate scenarios, is important for the mil...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Geophysical Research Letters ; NSF-AGS #1433408; NSF-BCS #1740201

Climate change may destroy tiger's home

A James Cook University scientist says the last coastal stronghold of an iconic predator, the endangered Bengal tiger, could be destroyed by climate change and rising sea levels over the next 50 years.

– James Cook University

Science of the Total Environment

Controls on Nitrogen Nutrient Availability in the Arctic Tundra

Soil moisture is key to determining plant growth and nutrient cycling in complex tundra landscapes.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Ecosystems (2018). [DOI: 10.1007/s10021-018-0285-6]

Seasons Change: Researchers Provide New Definition for Major Indian Monsoon Season

Florida State University Professor of Meteorology Vasu Misra has used detailed surface temperature analyses to develop the first-ever objective definition for the Northeast Indian Monsoon

– Florida State University

Monthly Weather Review

Argonne’s Innovative Community Software Is on Weather Scientists’ Radar

After 4 years, and with contributions from 34 individual editors, the Python-ARM Radar Toolkit (Py-ART) is now a staple in radar science, illustrating the power of community software.

– Argonne National Laboratory


WCS Awards $2.5 Million to 13 U.S. Conservation Projects Implementing Innovative Approaches to Help Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change

WCS has announced 13 new grants to nonprofit organizations implementing on-the-ground, science-driven projects that will help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference held at UWM Feb. 28-March 1

Conference highlights future opportunities on a range of connected engineering- and artificial intelligence-related topics, from advanced manufacturing to the water-energy nexus.

– University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Expert Pitch

Rensselaer researcher and author of PNAS study on decline of Puerto Rican arthropod populations available as source for global decline in insect populations

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

EPA decision on toxic chemical compounds expected soon

– Cornell University

Green New Deal should include workers’ voices

– Cornell University





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