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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 09-May-2019

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VORTEX-SE delivers tornado formation research

Scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) are publishing research about tornado formation resulting from the multiyear Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment Southeast (VORTEX-SE) program.

– University of Alabama Huntsville

As Climate Changes, Small Increases in Rainfall May Cause Widespread Road Outages

As more rain falls on a warming planet, a new computer model shows that it may not take a downpour to cause widespread disruption of road networks. The model combined data on road networks with the hills and valleys of topography to reveal “tipping...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 08-May-2019 at 05:00 ET

The Secrets of Secretion: Isolating Eucalyptus Genes for Oils, Biofuel

Close genetic analysis of 480 blue mallee eucalyptus plants provides clues to modify cultivars for greater yield, whether for essential oils or jet fuel.

– Michigan Technological University

New Phytologist

Occurrence of back-to-back heat waves likely to accelerate with climate change

As the planet continues to warm, multi-day heat waves are projected to increase in frequency, length and intensity.

– Princeton University

Earth's Future

Texas Tech Researchers Collaborating to Study Tornadoes, Improve Forecasts

Christopher Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geosciences through the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University and an affiliate of the university’s National Wind Institute (NWI), is leading a group from Texas...

– Texas Tech University

Global Health Benefits of Climate Action Offset Costs

New research in Nature Communications reports that immediate, dramatic cuts in carbon emissions – aggressive enough to meet the Paris Climate Agreement – are economically sound if human health benefits are factored in.

– University of Vermont

Nature Communications ,10.1038/s41467-019-09499-x

Embargo expired on 07-May-2019 at 05:00 ET

Early Spring: Predicting Budburst with Genetics

Tree and shrub genetics can be used to produce more accurate predictions of when leaves will burst bud in the spring, according to a Canada-US study.

– Universite de Montreal

Methods in Ecology and Evolution, May 7 2019; William F. Milton Funds at Harvard University

Embargo expired on 07-May-2019 at 01:00 ET

Focus on Nuclear Waste Chemistry Could Help Hanford Cleanup Challenges

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University teamed up to investigate the complex dynamics of low-water liquids that challenge nuclear waste processin...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Journal of Physical Chemistry B

Returning to the Earth: Eco Death Activists and the "Green Burials" Movement

UNLV sociology doctoral student Nick Mac Murray studies activists working to change how America views and approaches the burials of their dearly departed.

Expert Available

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNH Researchers Discover New Strain of Canine Distemper in Wild Animals in NH, VT

A distinct strain of canine distemper virus, which is a widespread virus of importance to wildlife and domesticated dogs, has been identified in wild animals in New Hampshire and Vermont, according to pathologists with the New Hampshire Veterinary Di...

– University of New Hampshire

Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation

Embargo expired on 06-May-2019 at 07:30 ET

Experts available to comment on landmark report on climate change, risk of extinction

Indiana University experts are available to comment on the 40-page summary of the Services's Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services released today by the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem.

Expert Available

– Indiana University

Embargo expired on 06-May-2019 at 07:00 ET

IPBES: Nature's dangerous decline 'unprecedented,' species extinction rates 'accelerating'

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating

– The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

7th Session of the IPBES Plenary

Banana disease boosted by climate change

Climate change has raised the risk of a fungal disease that ravages banana crops, new research shows.

– University of Exeter

Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society B

Hunting jeopardizes forest carbon storage, yet is overlooked in climate mitigation efforts

The loss of animals, often due to unregulated or illegal hunting, has consequences for the carbon storage capacity of forests

– Lund University


Radical Desalination Approach May Disrupt the Water Industry

Columbia Engineering researchers report that they have developed a radically different desalination approach—“temperature swing solvent extraction (TSSE)”—for hypersaline brines. Their study demonstrates that TSSE can desalinate very high-sal...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Environmental Science & Technology Letter April 30 2019

Global climate trend since Dec. 1 1978: +0.13 C per decade

Global Temperature Report: April 2019

– University of Alabama Huntsville

When a Tree Falls in St. Louis, Will the Power Go Out?

Saint Louis University researchers paired satellite imaging data with machine learning techniques to map local tree species and health.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center


Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations

Researchers from Australia, Germany and the US have quantified the effect of climate extremes

– University of New South Wales

Environmental Research Letters

Forest fires accelerating snowmelt across western US, study finds

Forest fires are causing snow to melt earlier in the season, a trend occurring across the western U.S. that may affect water supplies and trigger even more fires, according to a new study by a team of researchers at Portland State University (PSU)

– Portland State University

Nature Communications

Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars

In new research, a team from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the University of Wisconsin–Madison describe an efficient and economically feasible process for producing HMF, a versatile plant-derived chemical considered crucial for buil...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Energy and Environmental Science

Spider Venom Is a Dangerous Cocktail

Over the past decades, the research of spider venom mainly focused on the neurotoxins it contains.

– University of Bern


Scientists Discover Evolutionary Link to Modern-Day Sea Echinoderms

Scientists at The Ohio State University have discovered a new species that lived more than 500 million years ago—a form of ancient echinoderm that was ancestral to modern-day groups such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, sea stars, brittle stars and c...

– Ohio State University

Bulletin of Geosciences

Students studying climate change in nature through national research program

Three West Virginia University graduate students spent the 2018-2019 academic year as Graduate Student Climate Adaptation Partners scholars. They developed a digital library and webinar series based on their climate change research.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Study to Help Heat-Stressed Dairy Cows Weather Increasing Temperatures

A warming world represents a growing threat to the dairy industry. With climate change pushing global temperatures higher, finding scientific solutions that protect the well-being and productivity of dairy cows is critical. A Cornell researcher has w...

– Cornell University

Study Shows Value of Sharing Energy – Including Wind and Solar – Across America’s Grids

Researchers have determined there's economic value to expanding the connections between the country's eastern and western power grids. Expanding the connections could allow wind power from the Midwest and solar power from the Southwest to move back a...

– Iowa State University

Expert Pitch

Hurricane Experts Available to Provide Analysis Throughout the Season

– Florida State University

U of R Scientist Says Warnings of Extinction, Endangerment in IPBES Global Assessment Summary Are Real and Alarming

– University of Redlands

Fire Ecologist and Entomology Expert Shares Experiences and Research Related to Biodiversity Loss

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Endangered Species Scholar on New Report that Calls Nature’s Decline “Unprecedented” & Species Extinction Rates “Accelerating”

– Academy Communications

UN report actually underestimates extinction 'domino effect'

– Flinders University

‘Windshield effect’ taken to new extremes in U.N. biodiversity report

– Cornell University

Expert available to comment on the UN Biodiversity report

– Wildlife Conservation Society

American University Expert Available to Comment on UN Climate Report About Humans Accelerating Extinction

– American University

Chemist, reviewer of UN GEO-6 report available to comment on IPBES report

– Michigan Technological University

FSU Experts Available to Discuss Elevated Risk of Florida Wildfire After Hurricane Michael

– Florida State University

Proactive communication key during Cyclone Fani, MSU expert says

– Michigan State University





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