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NYPA and Rensselaer Lab Collaboration to Research Cleaner Grid Technologies

Inter-lab collaboration between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is paving the way for a greener and more resilient power grid.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)


Stone tool changes could reveal how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers responded to changing climate

The development of new hunting projectiles by European hunter-gatherers during the Mesolithic may have been linked to territoriality in a rapidly-changing climate.

– PLOS

PLOS ONE

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


Endangered Bornean Orangutans Survive in Managed Forests, Decline Near Oil Palm Plantations

Recent surveys of the population of endangered Bornean orangutans in Sabah, the Malaysian state in the north-east of Borneo, show mixed results. Populations have remained stable within well-managed forests

– PLOS

PLOS ONE

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


Red Algae Steal Genes from Bacteria to Cope with Environmental Stresses

It’s a case of grand larceny that could lead to new fuels and cleanup chemicals. Ten species of red algae stole about 1 percent of their genes from bacteria to cope with toxic metals and salt stress in hot springs, according to a study in the journ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

eLife; Rutgers Today


New species of tree discovered in Tanzania mountains

Researchers have discovered a new species of tree in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, and a globally important region for species in need of conservation.

– University of York

Kew Bulletin


Interns Investigate Catalysts for a Greener Future

Stephanie Taboada and Nylette Lopez are spending the summer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory exploring catalysts, those critical components of chemical reactions that bring reacting chemicals together to get t...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory


Salt Regulation Among Saltmarsh Sparrows Evolved in Four Unique Ways

A new study in Evolution Letters finds that different bird species in the same challenging environment—the highly saline ecosystem of tidal marshes along ocean shores—were able to evolve unique species-specific ways to address the same problem.

– Cornell University

Evolution Letters


No Easy Answers: scientists compare how contaminants accumulate in three different shark species.

Who you are, what you eat, and where you swim, matter. At least, that’s the message when it comes to different shark species, and how vulnerable they are to contaminants throughout their lifetime.

– Save Our Seas Foundation

Environmental Science and Technology


Cornell College students travel the globe to research climate change

William Harmon Norton Professor of Geology Rhawn Denniston has students working across the globe this summer on his long-running climate research.

– Cornell College


Dogs, turtles, biology mix for Cornell College summer research

Professor of Biology Andy McCollum and his three student researchers received some help this summer from a team of turtle-finding dogs. This year marked the 16th year of McCollum’s research on the ornate box turtle, which is native in Iowa. It’s ...

– Cornell College


Study Documents Impacts of Selective Logging on Intact Forest Landscapes and Wildlife of Northern Congo

A new study says that the tropical forests of Western Equatorial Africa (WEA) – which include significant stands of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) – are increasingly coming under pressure from logging, poaching, and associated disturbances.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Frontiers in Forests and Global Change


What Are Soil Aggregates?

The varied shapes allow for healthy soil to have pores for air and water

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)


5000 tons of plastic released into the environment every year

Plastic should not be found in the environment. In order to estimate for the first time the exact extent of plastic pollution in Switzerland, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has mandated Empa researchers to calculate how much plastic ge...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Environmental Science & Technology


New Virus Found in One-Third of All Countries May Have Coevolved with Human Lineage, Study Finds

Published in Nature Microbiology, a new study has investigated the origin and evolution of a virus called crAssphage, which may have coevolved with human lineage.

– University of Notre Dame

Nature Microbiology


Lack of crop diversity and increasing dependence on pollinators may threaten food security

A multinational team of researchers has identified countries where agriculture's increasing dependence on pollination, coupled with a lack of crop diversity, may threaten food security and economic stability.

– University of Maryland, College Park

Global Change Biologyon


Super salty, subzero Arctic water provides peek at possible life on other planets

Oceanographers discovered thriving communities of marine bacteria in Alaskan “cryopegs,” trapped layers of sediment with water so salty that it remains liquid at below-freezing temperatures. The setting may be similar to environments on Mars, Sat...

– University of Washington

AbSciCon meeting


Announcements


University of Redlands celebrates a decade of Tree Campus USA recognition

The University of Redlands, a private liberal arts university in Southern California, has received the 2018 Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management and for engaging staff an...

– University of Redlands


Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu to speak at Cornell College

Nobel Prize winner and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will speak on “Climate Change and Innovative Paths to a Sustainable Future” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, on the Cornell College campus.

– Cornell College


Expert Pitch


Gov. Cuomo expected to sign NY climate bill, a magnet for green business

– Cornell University


Amazon Prime Day: ASU prof says online shoppers value convenience over environment

– Arizona State University (ASU)


Miscellaneous


Planning for Coastal Run-Off

1. Planning for linkages among terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems can help managers mitigate the impacts of pollution from land-based run-off on water quality and coastal ecosystem services, which affect the

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Journal of Applied Ecology


Climate Change and Shifting Alaskan Forests

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Ecology and Evolution


Helping Montanans Plan for Drought

– Wildlife Conservation Society


Short-term movement of a night shark (Carcharhinus signatus) in the western Caribbean with notes on the species’ distribution and threats in the region

– Save Our Seas Foundation

Environmental Biology of Fishes


Community-Based Fisheries Management Fails to Protect Two Fish Species

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Coral Reefs

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