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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 25-Jul-2019

Climate Change and Environmental News and Experts for the 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.

Monarch butterflies rely on temperature-sensitive internal timer while overwintering

The fact that millions of North American monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles each fall and somehow manage to find the same overwintering sites in central Mexican forests and along the California coast, year after year, is pretty mind-blowing. ...

– University of Michigan

Molecular Ecology

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Is Deadly Candida Auris a Product of Global Warming?

A drug-resistant fungus species called Candida auris, which was first identified ten years ago and has since caused hundreds of deadly outbreaks in hospitals around the world, may have become a human pathogen in part due to global warming, according ...

– Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


How climate change disrupts relationships

Higher mean temperatures as associated with climate change can have a severe impact on plants and animals by disrupting their mutually beneficial relationship: The pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris), for example

– University of Würzburg


Cold, dry planets could have a lot of hurricanes

Nearly every atmospheric science textbook ever written will say that hurricanes are an inherently wet phenomenon - they use warm

– Purdue University

Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

Scientists: Recent Global Warming Outpaces Climate Changes of the Past 2,000 Years

Northern Arizona University climate scientists led an international team in completing new reconstructions of Earth’s temperature over the past 2,000 years, placing the exceptional 20th-century warming into a longer-term context.

– Northern Arizona University

Nature Geoscience

Elephant Extinction Will Raise Carbon Dioxide Levels in Atmosphere

Forest elephants engineer the ecosystem of the entire central African forest, and their catastrophic decline toward extinction has implications for carbon policy.

– Saint Louis University Medical Center

Nature Geoscience

Reducing farm greenhouse gas emissions may plant the seed for a cooler planet

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — By adopting a few beneficial management practices, farms — and particularly dairy farms — can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, according to a team of researchers. Based ...

– Penn State Institute for CyberScience

Environmental Research Letters

Rise of Candida auris blamed on global warming

Global warming may have played a pivotal role in the emergence of Candida auris, according to a new study published in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. C. auris

– American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


Ozone Threat From Climate Change

We know the recent extreme heat is something that we can expect more of as a result of increasing temperatures due to climate change. But a new study from the University of Delaware warns that there’s another impact—worsened air quality due to an...

– University of Delaware

Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology

North Carolina coastal flooding is worsening with climate change, population growth

A historic 120-year-old data set is allowing researchers to confirm what data modeling systems have been predicting about climate change: Climate change is increasing precipitation events like hurricanes, tropical storms and floods.

– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Scientific Reports

Hummingbird Adaptation in the Andes Reveals New Clues to the Biology of Evolution

Genetic changes are necessary for species to evolve and adapt to new environments. However, how can one predict such genetic changes? A new study led by Stony Brook University researchers reveals that this may be possible at a molecular level.

– Stony Brook University

Genome Biology and Evolution

UAH Professor Part of San Antonio Zoo’s Successful Effort to Breed Enigmatic Salamander

The imperiled Georgia blind salamander (Eurycea wallacei) was successfully bred for the first time in the labs of the Center for Conservation & Research at San Antonio Zoo.

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– University of Alabama Huntsville

For migrating desert plants, taller means faster: Scientists find traits linked to who can leave a changing climate first

Northern Arizona University researcher Bradley Butterfield looked at history's packrats to gauge what plant species move during warm, dry periods. The team found a plant’s evolutionary build are strong predictors of how quickly it can move to a mor...

– Northern Arizona University

Global Ecology and Biogeography

Lots of lead in the water? Maybe manganese is to blame

In the right environment, a harmless mineral can do a lot to change the composition of the drinking water that flows through lead pipes. New research from the McKelvey School of Engineering discovers how.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental Science and Technology, June 18, 2019

How do plant partnerships help sustainability?

Working together can benefit plants and microbes to secure their future

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Informatics researchers leading the way in developing ‘smart city’ floodwater management

Northern Arizona University professors Eck Doerry and Ben Ruddell are collaborating with water engineers in the city of Phoenix and Flagstaff for a pilot program that uses traffic cameras and crowd-sourced data to track and predict flooding during m...

– Northern Arizona University

Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water

A predictive model combining information about plant physiology, real-time soil conditions and weather forecasts can help make more informed decisions about when and how much to irrigate. This could save 40 percent of the water consumed by more tradi...

– Cornell University

IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, May-2019

Underwater gliders and marine robots improve hurricane predictions

Underwater gliders are being used to more accurately predict a storm’s intensity.

– University of Georgia


University of Rhode Island leads $3 million collaborative research project on ‘Rules of Life’

KINGSTON, R.I. – July 24, 2019 – The University of Rhode Island is leading a team that has been awarded a $3 million 5-year collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its investment in 10 Big Ideas to serve the n...

– University of Rhode Island


Diverse Team Assembles to Protect Iconic US Crop from Climate Change

Using deep learning techniques, we can analyze the effects of weather variability on soybean yield and protein production and work to develop high protein varieties that can withstand the stresses associated with changing climates.

– Benson Hill Biosystems

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Infectious Disease Expert Says Global Warming Not the Only Factor Behind Rise of C. auris

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston





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