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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 02-May-2019

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For Giant Pandas, Bamboo Is Vegetarian ‘Meat’

New research using an approach called nutritional geometry sheds light on giant panda evolution, and their unusual transition from carnivorous ancestry to extreme specialised herbivory.

– University of Sydney

Embargo expired on 02-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

Arsenic-breathing life discovered in the tropical Pacific Ocean

In oxygen-poor parts of the ocean, some microorganisms survive by breathing arsenic. This holdover from the ancient Earth was not thought to still exist in the open ocean.

– University of Washington

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Bronx River Turtles Get a Check-up

A team of scientists and veterinarians gave a health evaluation of turtles living in the Bronx River, one of the most urbanized rivers in the U.S. and the only remaining freshwater river that flows through New York City.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

How Do I Keep More of the Nitrogen in My Soil?

Prevent losses for garden and environmental health

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

As Monarch Butterflies Migrate Northward, Experts Ask Iowans to Keep Habitat in Mind

A sizable population of monarch butterflies is fluttering toward Iowa this spring. What can Iowans do to put the species on a more sustainable footing after years of declines? An Iowa State University expert discusses best practices for monarch conse...

– Iowa State University

Embargo expired on 01-May-2019 at 09:00 ET

Human influence on global droughts dates back 100 years

Observations and climate reconstructions using data from tree rings confirm that human activity was affecting the worldwide drought risk as far back as the early 20th century.

– Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Nature, May 1

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

COLLEGE STATION – Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing pr...

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Carbon capture technology moves to commercialization

Powerful Mechanical Trees Can Remove CO2 From the Air to Combat Global Warming at Scale

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Embargo expired on 30-Apr-2019 at 07:00 ET

URI biologist, colleagues warn of peril from biological invasions as White House proposes to halve funding

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 30, 2019 – As the Trump Administration prepares to cut in half the budget for the National Invasive Species Council, a group of invasive species experts led by a University of Rhode Island professor has issued a warning abo...

– University of Rhode Island

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Pest-killing fungi could protect NYS grapes, apples from invasive insect

Cornell University-led research reports that two local fungal pathogens could potentially curb an invasive insect that has New York vineyard owners on edge.

– Cornell University

PNAS, April-2019

N.C. Study: Warmer Water Linked to Higher Proportion of Male Flounder

In the wild and in the lab, researchers find a relationship between higher water temperatures and a lower percentage of female flounder, a cause for concern.

– North Carolina State University

Scientific Reports

Berkeley Lab Science Snapshot April 2019

Three science briefs from Berkeley Lab

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Climate Dynamics

Ocean’s ‘seasonal memory’ affects Arctic climate change

Researchers found out that the Arctic does not lose ice uniformly. Different seasonal patterns are at play depending on region: From the early 2000s, the ice cover in the Eurasian Arctic has been shrinking even in the winter period, while the America...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)


Biodegradable Bags Can Hold a Full Load of Shopping After 3 Years in the Environment

Biodegradable and compostable plastic bags are still capable of carrying full loads of shopping after being exposed in the natural environment for three years, a new study shows.

– University of Plymouth

Environmental Science & Technology

Hybrid Species Could Prevent Darwin’s Finches Falling Prey to Invasive Parasite

A hybrid bird species on the Galapagos Islands could help scientists find a way to stop an invasive fly which is killing off the hatchlings of famous Darwin’s finches at an alarming rate, according to new research. 10 related species of the ico...

– Flinders University

Royal Society Open Science

Ocean acidification 'could have consequences for millions'

Ocean acidification could have serious consequences for the millions of people globally whose lives depend on coastal protection

– University of Plymouth

Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Study: Deep-ocean creatures living a 'feast-or-famine' existence because of energy fluxes

Scientists for the first time have tracked how much energy from plants and animals at the surface of the open ocean survives as particles drop to the seafloor

– Oregon State University

Nature Communications

This Tree Has a Tale to Tell

On April 24, a group of students, faculty, and staff gathered on the ground floor of the Hunsaker Library for a ceremony to dedicate a new display. The exhibit showcases a large cross-section of an oak tree that stood watch over the University of Red...

– University of Redlands

Study: Microbes could influence Earth's geological processes as much as volcanoes

By acting as gatekeepers, microbes can affect geological processes that move carbon from the earth's surface into its deep interior

– University of Tennessee, Knoxville



UF/IFAS Agricultural Engineering Professor Named Director of Florida Climate Institute

A University of Florida agricultural engineer who uses crop models to help farmers adapt to warmer, more erratic weather, will unite scientists to better deal with the impacts of an increasingly changing climate.

– University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences





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