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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 16-May-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.

Captive Chimpanzees Spontaneously Use Tools to Excavate Underground Food

Chimps’ ability to work out how to excavate underground food with tools may indicate how ancient hominins did likewise



Embargo expired on 15-May-2019 at 14:00 ET

Iceland Volcano Eruption in 1783-84 Did Not Spawn Extreme Heat Wave

An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 did not cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe. But, as Benjamin Franklin speculated, the eruption triggered an unusually cold winter, according to a Rutgers-led study. The study, in the Journa...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres; Rutgers Today

Ghost Crab Pots

New research from the University of Delaware suggests there is a ghost crab pot problem in the state’s Inland Bays, with almost 3.5 abandoned crab pots per acre just along the Bay Cove section of Rehoboth Bay near Dewey Beach. The lost or abandoned...

– University of Delaware

Clean and effective electronic waste recycling

As the number of electronics devices increases around the world, finding effective methods of recycling electronic waste (e-waste) is a growing concern.

– Kumamoto University

Waste Management

New research finds unprecedented weakening of Asian summer monsoon

Rainfall from the Asian summer monsoon has been decreasing over the past 80 years, a decline unprecedented in the last 448 years, according to a new study.

– American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geophysical Research Letters

Species facing climate change could find help in odd place: urban environments

Research shows animals move faster through ‘low quality’ habitats (fulfilling a minimum of resources for survival) – evidence that could change the way conservationists think about managing urban landscapes to help species move in response to c...

– Tufts University

Ecology (2019) 00(00):e02701; RC-2119; RGPIN-2016-04795

Embargo expired on 14-May-2019 at 17:00 ET

A late-night disco in the forest reveals tree performance

In 2017, the group from the Optics of Photosynthesis Lab (OPL) developed a new method to measure a small but important signal produced by all plants

– University of Helsinki

Remote Sensing of Environment

Tooth Fossils Fill 6-Million-Year-Old Gap in Primate Evolution

UNLV geoscientist, student among international research team behind discovery of ancient monkey species that lived in Africa 22 million years ago.

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, March 2019

Study Concludes Glassy Menagerie of Particles in Beach Sands Near Hiroshima is Fallout Debris from A-Bomb Blast

A years-long study that involved scientists and experiments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley concluded that an odd assortment of particles found in beach sands in Japan are most likely fallout debris from the 1945 Hiroshima A-bomb blast.

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Anthropocene, March 2019

Embargo expired on 13-May-2019 at 11:00 ET

Catch a Virus by Its Tail

Research uncovers key mechanism that allows some of the deadliest human RNA viruses to orchestrate the precise copying of the individual pieces of their viral genome and replicate. Research reveals that the tail end of a virus’s RNA plays a key ...

– Harvard Medical School


With uncanny accuracy, computer model predicts how certain policies impact air pollution

To better understand the environmental impact of the American shipping industry, a new computer model connects everything from the chemical intricacies of diesel exhaust to the geography and economics of our truck-dependent shipping infrastructure. ...

– The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Nature Sustainability, Feb 11-2019

GRACE Mission Data Contributes to Our Understanding of Climate Change

The University of Texas at Austin team that led a twin satellite system launched in 2002 to take detailed measurements of the Earth, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)

– University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)

Nature Climate Change

Tsunami signals to measure glacier calving in Greenland

In recent years, glaciers near the North and South poles, as well as in mountainous areas, have been shrinking due to the effect of global warming, becoming a significant contributor to the recent sea level rise.

– Hokkaido University

Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Fragmented Turtles

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Scientists looked at how fragmentation is affecting critically endangered Dahl’s toad headed turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli) a forest-stream specialist found only in Colombia.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Molecular Ecology

Biodiversity and Carbon: Perfect Together

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Biodiversity conservation is often considered to be a co-benefit of protecting carbon sinks such as intact forests to help mitigate climate change.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Environmental Research Letters

Predicting Disease Transmission from Bushmeat

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Trade of bushmeat and other wildlife for human consumption presents a unique set of challenges to policymakers who are confronted with multiple trade-offs between conservation, food security, food safety, culture, and traditio...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Science of The Total

When People Get Along, Fish Thrive

WCS 3-Sentence Science: Complex social-ecological interactions underpin many environmental problems.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Nature Communications

Expert Pitch

People Tend to Put Themselves at Risk for Lyme Disease Without Even Knowing It, Says Researcher

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

‘Salt Batteries’ Emerge with Energy Storage Potential

– Cornell University





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