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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 30-May-2019

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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.

International Travelers Experience the Harmful Effects of Air Pollution

Even a short stay for travelers in cities with high levels of air pollution leads to breathing problems that can take at least a week from which to recover, a new study shows.

– NYU Langone Health

Journal of Travel Medicine; ES000260; ES007324

Embargo expired on 30-May-2019 at 09:00 ET

Ancient DNA Tells the Story of the First Herders and Farmers in East Africa

A collaborative study led by archaeologists, geneticists and museum curators is providing answers to previously unsolved questions about life in sub-Saharan Africa thousands of years ago.

– Saint Louis University

Science; 5R01GM100233

embargoed until 30-May-2019, 14:00 ET

“Slothbot” Takes a Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

For environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, infrastructure maintenance and certain security applications, slow and energy efficient can be better than fast and always needing a recharge. That’s where “SlothBot” comes in.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

International Conference on Robotics and Automation; N00014-15-2115

Genomics of Isle Royale Wolves Reveal Impacts of Inbreeding

A new paper explores the genetic signatures of a pair of wolves isolated on Isle Royale, a remote national park in Lake Superior. The pair are father-daughter and share the same mother. Such close inbreeding leads to genetic anomalies, which likely a...

– Michigan Technological University

Science Advances; NIH S10 OD018174 Instrumentation Grant; NIH R35GM119856; NSF DEB-1453041; Isle Royale National Park CESU task agreement no. P16AC00004; McIntyre-Stennis Grant USDA-NIFA-1014575...

Embargo expired on 29-May-2019 at 14:00 ET

Striped Maple Trees Often Change Sexes, With Females More Likely to Die

Although pollen has covered cars for weeks and allergy sufferers have been sneezing, we think of sex as being the realm of animals. But plant sex can be quite interesting, especially in species that can have male or female flowers. In a study in the ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Annals of Botany; Rutgers Today

Africa's elephant poaching rates in decline, but iconic animal still under threat

Elephant poaching rates in Africa have started to decline after reaching a peak in 2011, an international team of scientists have concluded.

– University of York

Nature Communications

Achieving 100 Percent Renewables

University at Albany solar energy expert Richard Perez shares his blueprint for a carbon-free future in PV-Tech Power.

– University at Albany, State University of New York

PV-Tech Power

Antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels, global study finds

Concentrations of antibiotics found in some of the world's rivers exceed 'safe' levels by up to 300 times, the first ever global study has discovered.

– University of York

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting

Study uncovers surprising melting patterns beneath Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf

The ROSETTA-Ice project, a three-year, multi-institutional data collection survey of Antarctic ice, has assembled an unprecedented view of the Ross Ice Shelf

– Earth Institute at Columbia University

Nature Geoscience

Researchers wonder if ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright

Did ancient supernovae induce proto-humans to walk on two legs, eventually resulting in homo sapiens with hands free to build cathedrals, design rockets and snap iPhone selfies?

– University of Kansas

Journal of Geology

NYS Winters Could Pose Solar Farm ‘Ramping’ Snag for Power Grid

By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6 percent in some places. But Cornell University engineers caution that upstate winters tell a different ta...

– Cornell University

Applied Energy, May-2019

Innovative Modeling Strategies Give Researchers Improved Look at Florida's Climate Future

Nobody can predict the future with perfect accuracy, but FSU meteorology researchers are getting closer. New studies highlight powerful climate modeling tools that are providing high-resolution, paradigm-shifting projections.

– Florida State University

Journal of Marine Systems

A forest “glow” reveals awakening from hibernation

Gross Primary Production (GPP) in forests tells scientists how much CO2 these systems are breathing in. Evergreen trees retain their green needles year round, preventing scientists from detecting GPP on large scales. A study linked GPP with solar-ind...

– University of Utah

PNAS, May-2019

Embargo expired on 27-May-2019 at 15:00 ET

Climate Expert Shares Perspective on US Political Polarization Around Climate Change

A climate expert is available to comment on U.S. political polarization around climate change as revealed by a recently released report from the Yale Climate Communication Center.

Expert Available

– Indiana University

Chimpanzees at the crossroads: Adapt to living outside protected areas

Research carried out into the impact of changes to chimpanzee habitats found they have adapted to human developments in a number of ways

– University of Kent


In a fire-prone world, which trees hold the most carbon matters, researchers say

Forest management must account for the elevated risk large, hot fires pose to older trees that store more carbon, researchers from NAU, UNM, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona Universi...

– Northern Arizona University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences


Clean Gulf Associates “Embrace the Gulf” with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Clean Gulf Associates joined the Gulf Star program to become a leading sponsor of "Embrace the Gulf 2020". A positive celebration of the Gulf of Mexico envisioned by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance.

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance

Expert Pitch

Midwest tornadoes: Expert can comment on human response and perception

– University of Delaware

@UDelaware professor can discuss long-term health issues associated with tornadoes, including mental health, exposure to possible environmental contaminants, and access to safe water

– University of Delaware

Missouri S&T wind engineer assesses Jefferson City tornado damage

– Missouri University of Science and Technology





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