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Climate News and Experts from Newswise 27-Jun-2019

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Scientists discover how plants breathe -- and how humans shaped their 'lungs'

Scientists have discovered how plants create networks of air channels - the lungs of the leaf - to transport carbon dioxide (CO2) to their cells.

– University of Sheffield

Nature Communications

Mining climate clues from our whaling past

Researchers are are trying to fill pre-nineteenth century weather data gaps with old climate records from whaling ship logbooks.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

First Snapshots of Trapped CO2 Molecules Shed New Light on Carbon Capture

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have taken the first images of carbon dioxide molecules within a molecular cage ¬¬– part of a highly porous nanoparticle known as a MOF, or ...

– SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


Embargo expired on 26-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

Honeybees Infect Wild Bumblebees—Through Shared Flowers

Viruses in managed honeybees are spilling over to wild bumblebee populations though the shared use of flowers, a first-of-its-kind study reveals. This research suggests commercial apiaries may need to be kept away from areas where there are vulnerabl...

– University of Vermont


Embargo expired on 26-Jun-2019 at 14:00 ET

New Unprinting Method Can Help Recycle Paper and Curb Environmental Costs

Imagine if your printer had an “unprint” button that used pulses of light to remove toner, curbing environmental impacts compared with conventional paper recycling. A Rutgers-led team has created a new way to unprint paper that, unlike laser-base...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Journal of Cleaner Production; Rutgers Today

Trees Consider the Climate When Choosing Their Partners

ees can establish several types of symbiotic relationships with fungi and bacteria. Researchers constructed a global map of the types of tree symbioses across the world. With the map, they determined that the type of fungal symbiosis found in trees d...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nature 569, 404 (2019). [DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1128-0]

Researchers discover more than 50 lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

Researchers have discovered 56 previously uncharted subglacial lakes beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet bringing the total known number of lakes to 60.

– Lancaster University

Nature Communications

The environmental impact of the protein we consume

Whether you're a bacon fanatic, a vegan, or somewhere in between, the choices you make about the foods you consume matter. So how does a person weigh both the nutritional quality and the environmental impact of a food? Recently published research fro...

– Arizona State University (ASU)

Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2747

How does the atmosphere quench its thirst? Two NAU scientists look to isotopes for answers.

Kimberly Samuels-Crow is leading a collaborative effort to separate the effects of evaporation and transpiration, which are increasingly a factor in water loss as the climate gets both hotter and drier.

– Northern Arizona University


Which Climates Are Best for Passive Cooling Technologies?

A group of UCSD researchers set out to gain a better understanding of the thermal balance of power plants and surfaces, but they quickly realized that they would first need to determine what roles cloud cover and relative humidity play in the transpa...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Embargo expired on 25-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

Study Uses Supercomputers to Advance Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Multi-fault earthquakes can span fault systems of tens to hundreds of kilometers, with ruptures propagating from one segment to another. During the last decade, seismologists have observed several cases of this complicated type of earthquake rupture,...

– University of California San Diego

JGR Solid Earth, Feb-2019; EAR-1033462; EAR-1114446; EAR-1135455; G12AC20038

Four Approaches to Understanding and Moving Beyond Dysfunctional Deliberation

It may feel like we have reached an impasse in the debate over issues such as gun violence, climate change and immigration. To improve the level of discourse, an Iowa State assistant professor of English offers four strategies to work toward understa...

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– Iowa State University

After Gun Violence: Deliberation and Memory in an Age of Political Gridlock

Columbia Researchers Provide New Evidence on the Reliability of Climate Modeling

For decades, scientists studying a key climate phenomenon have been grappling with contradictory data that have threated to undermine confidence in the reliability of climate models overall. A new Columbia Engineering study settles that debate with r...

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Nature Geoscience June 24 2019

Embargo expired on 24-Jun-2019 at 11:00 ET

Scientists hit pay dirt with new microbial research technique

Long ago, during the European Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci wrote that we humans “know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” Five hundred years and innumerable technological and scientific advances later, hi...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Nature Communications

Embargo expired on 24-Jun-2019 at 05:00 ET

Tropical Soil Disturbance Could Be Hidden Source of CO2

Florida State researchers working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo found a link between the churning of deep soils during deforestation and the release of carbon dioxide through streams and rivers.

– Florida State University

Nature Geoscience

Rockets gather radio data to study atmosphere disturbances

Two NASA sounding rockets were sent to the edges of the atmosphere above the Marshall Islands on June 19 in order to study communication disruption in the upper atmosphere.

– Cornell University

Soft drink by-products could reduce global warming

Cornell College Professor of Chemistry Craig Teague and his students have discovered that the by-products of soft drinks could help reduce global warming.

– Cornell College

Microporous and Mesoporous Materials


Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists Announces 2019 National Laureates

Three female scientists have been named Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, each receiving $250,000, the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America’s most-promising, faculty-level scientific researchers. I...

– Blavatnik Family Foundation/New York Academy of Sciences

Department of Energy Announces $13 Million for Atmospheric Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $13 million in funding for 27 projects in atmospheric sciences in an effort to improve models for predicting weather and climate.

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Expert Pitch

FSU Expert Discusses El Niño effects, prediction strategies

– Florida State University

Saving New Jersey from the Rising Tide

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Climatologist Can Discuss Torrential Rainfall in New Jersey

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Helping Wildlife Prepare for a Warming Planet

– Wildlife Conservation Society





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