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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 21-Mar-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 politics of climate change: Lawmakers sign weak environmental treaties to get re-elected

Why do the world’s politicians keep signing weak environmental treaties? Because it helps them get re-elected, according to a new study by Cornell University economist Marco Battaglini and a colleague.

– Cornell University

Journal of Political Economy

Nature hits rewind

The study of evolution is revealing new complexities, showing how the traits most beneficial to the fitness of individual plants and animals are not always the ones we see in nature. Instead, new research by McMaster behavioural scientists shows t...

– McMaster University

Journal of Evolutionary Biology

Managed Retreat Due to Rising Seas Is a Public Health Issue

Sea-level rise associated with climate change is a concern for many island and coastal communities. While the dangers may seem far off for large coastal cities like Miami or New Orleans, the advancing oceans are already displacing some small indigeno...

– University of Washington

Climatic Change

Study shows IPCC is underselling climate change

A new study has revealed that the language used by the global climate change watchdog, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is overly conservative – and therefore the threats are much greater than the Panel’s reports suggest.

– University of Adelaide


Meet the Director: Jim Mather, ARM User Facility

As the director of the ARM user facility, Mather and his facility make it possible to gather never-before-seen atmospheric data at sites around the world.

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– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Can an Antifreeze Protein Also Promote Ice Formation?

Antifreeze proteins occur in nature; in fact, that’s how life survives in cold environments. However, at extremely cold temperatures, the same proteins do the opposite and promote ice formation. Now, thanks to a device invented by the Weizmann Inst...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Feb-2019

Uncertain projections help to reveal the truth about future climate change

A team of four scientists from the US and the UK explain how differing climate model projections can be used collectively to reduce uncertainties in future climate change, in a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

– University of Exeter

Nature Climate Change

Rain gardens reduce urban runoff, protect environment

A rain garden filled with native shrubs and perennial grasses and flowers can both beautify your yard and protect the environment. Now residents can see how it works.

– South Dakota State University

Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole: The Surprising Structure of Uranium Bound in Hematite

An atomic view of how toxic uranium binds to iron minerals in the environment enables better predictions of its behavior.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Environmental Science and Technology 52, 6282 (2018). [DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00297]

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Federal Drilling Ruling Shows ‘Invisible’ Threat of Climate Change Matters Most

– Cornell University

Climate Change Communication: Building Consensus

– DePaul University

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