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New Research Shakes Up the Sloth Family Tree

New research on the evolutionary relationships between tree sloths and their extinct giant relatives is challenging decades of widely accepted scientific research.

– McMaster University

Current Biology; Nature Ecology and Evolution

Embargo expired on 06-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET


A bean for all seasons?

An Ohio biologist and partners at universities from three different African countries assert that the hardy-but-humble Marama bean could someday rise up as a new alternative crop in the often-arid climates of developing countries, while its drought- ...

– Case Western Reserve University

Food and Energy Security


Koala drinking stations can reduce impact of climate change

A long-held view that koalas get all their hydration from eating leaves has been overturned by new research published today from Dr Valentina Mella and colleagues at the University of Sydney.

– University of Sydney

PLOS ONE

Embargo expired on 05-Jun-2019 at 14:00 ET


Limiting warming to 2 degrees C will require emission cuts across entire food system

Feeding 10 billion people and keeping Earth from overheating this century require not only major changes to agriculture, but transformation of the entire food system, according to a new review

– International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Sustainability


Patagonia ice sheets thicker than previously thought, study finds

Irvine, Calif., June 3, 2019 – After conducting a comprehensive, seven-year survey of Patagonia, glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine and partner institutions in Argentina and Chile have concluded that the ice sheets in this vast...

– University of California, Irvine

Geophysical Research Letters, Jun-2019


Salmon get a major athletic boost via a single enzyme

Salmon species, known for undertaking arduous upstream migrations, appear to owe a good deal of their athletic ability to the presence of a single enzyme.

– University of British Columbia

Proceedings of the Royal Society B


Early lives of Alaska sockeye salmon accelerating with climate change

An ample buffet of freshwater food, brought on by climate change, is altering the life history of one of the world's most important salmon species.

– University of Washington

Nature Ecology & Evolution


Fear of 'killer shrimps' could pose major threat to European rivers

The fear of invasive 'killer shrimps' can intimidate native organisms to such a degree that they are incapable of performing their vital role in river systems, a new study suggests.

– University of Plymouth

Acta Oecologica


UNH Researchers Find Slowdown in Earth’s Temps Stabilized Nature’s Calendar

Sometimes referred to as nature’s calendar, phenology looks at the seasonal life cycle of plants and animals and is one of the leading indicators of climate change. It’s the observance of natural occurrences like the first formation of buds and f...

– University of New Hampshire

Nature Communications, June 3, 2019


Mapping groundwater’s influence on the world’s oceans

Researchers at The Ohio State University have created high-resolution maps of points around the globe where groundwater meets the oceans—the first such analysis of its kind, giving important data points to communities and conservationists to help p...

– Ohio State University

Geophysical Research Letters


Heat, not drought, will drive lower crop yields, researchers say

Climate change-induced heat stress will play a larger role than drought stress in reducing the yields of several major U.S. crops later this century, according to Cornell University researchers who weighed in on a high-stakes debate between crop expe...

– Cornell University

Environmental Research Letters, May-2019


Combination of water scarcity and inflexible demand puts world’s river basins at risk

Irvine, Calif., June 3, 2019 – Nearly one-fifth of the world’s population lives in a stressed water basin where the next climate change-driven incident could threaten access to an essential resource for agriculture, industry and life itself, acco...

– University of California, Irvine

Nature Sustainability, Jun-2019


Downpours of torrential rain more frequent with global warming

The frequency of downpours of heavy rain--which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease

– University of Saskatchewan

Water Resources Research


Evidence of multiple unmonitored coal ash spills found in N.C. lake

Coal ash solids found in sediments collected from Sutton Lake in 2015 and 2018 suggest the eastern North Carolina lake has been contaminated by multiple coal ash spills, most of them apparently unmonitored and unreported until now.

– Duke University

Science of the Total Environment


To Pump or Not to Pump: New Tool Will Help Water Managers Make Smarter Decisions

The overpumping of groundwater in California has led to near environmental catastrophe in some areas – land is sinking, seawater is intruding, and groundwater storage capacity has shrunk. But researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory bel...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


New research shows how habitat loss can destabilise ecosystems

An international study has revealed new evidence to help understand the consequences of habitat loss on natural communities.

– Swansea University

Nature Communications


Cornell team, EPA to partner on emissions big data project

A team from Cornell University associate professor Max Zhang’s lab will work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the next year on a machine learning model designed to predict fossil fuel emissions. The project was a winning entry in...

– Cornell University


Biology student to investigate the role of soils in climate change across global ecosystems

A West Virginia University graduate student is investigating how soils store carbon in ecosystems around the world to understand the impact of climate change.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Study of northern Alaska could rewrite Arctic history

Parts of Alaska's mountainous Brooks Range were likely transported from Greenland and a stretch of the Canadian Arctic much farther to the east

– Dartmouth College

Special Papers


Environmental Expert Addresses Plan to Combat Lyme Disease, Tick-borne Illness

An environmental expert is available to comment on the need to fund research to combat tick-borne illnesses.

Expert Available

– Indiana University


Water Activities Provide Relaxation, Connection, Baylor Outdoor Adventure Expert Says

As some seek relaxation on the water, others might want a physical challenge, but Schrank says even those who seek a workout should remain receptive to additional outcomes.

Expert Available

– Baylor University


Higher Education Events


From there to here: 2019 InterPlanetary Festival connects frontiers of space to terrestrial challenges

Leading scientists and sci-fi authors convene in Santa Fe, NM to discuss how to sustain human civilization, on and beyond Earth. Select panel discussions will stream live from the June 14-16 festival.

– Santa Fe Institute


Expert Pitch


Changing Minds: How Do You Communicate with Climate Change Skeptics?

– University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)


Rutgers Climate Experts Can Discuss Wet May Weather in N.J.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Rutgers Experts Can Discuss 2019 Hurricane Season Outlook in N.J.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Severe Weather Expert Offers Explanation for Spike in Tornado Activity

– University at Albany, State University of New York

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