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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 05-Sep-2019

Plant Research Could Benefit Wastewater Treatment, Biofuels and Antibiotics

Chinese and Rutgers scientists have discovered how aquatic plants cope with water pollution, a major ecological question that could help boost their use in wastewater treatment, biofuels, antibiotics and other applications.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Rutgers Today

Climate Change Could Bring Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Pain for Loggerhead Turtles

New research from conservation biologists at Florida State University and their collaborators suggests that while some loggerheads will suffer from the effects of a changing climate

– Florida State University

Scientific Reports

Developing a richer understanding of natural sciences critical to making better policy decisions

To fully understand the challenges of progressive environmental transformation requires that policy makers develop a more sophisticated and nuanced relationship with the various sciences and the kinds of knowledge their work can provide

– University at Buffalo

Environmental Sociology

New Feedback Phenomenon Found to Drive Increasing Drought and Aridity

A new Columbia Engineering study indicates that the world will experience more frequent and more extreme drought and aridity than currently experienced in the coming century, exacerbated by both climate change and land-atmosphere processes.

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

PNAS Sept 2 2019

Combining Western Science, Indigenous Knowledge Offers New Approach to Effects of Climate Change

Jaime Yazzie, a member of the Navajo Nation, brought her community's priorities to the scientific process as she studied climate change and took what she learned back to them, sparking a more holistic conversation about what can be done to combat the...

– Northern Arizona University

Ecological Applications

Global Temperature Report: August 2019

Global Temperature Report: August 2019

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Bacteria Feeding on Arctic Algae Blooms Can Seed Clouds

New research finds Arctic Ocean currents and storms are moving bacteria from ocean algae blooms into the atmosphere where the particles help clouds form.

– American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Geophysical Research Letters

Amazon deforestation has a significant impact on the local climate in Brazil

The loss of forest cover in the Amazon has a significant impact on the local climate in Brazil, according to a new study.

– University of Leeds


What if We Paid Countries to Protect Biodiversity?

Researchers from Sweden, Germany, Brazil and the USA have developed a financial mechanism to support the protection of the world's natural heritage.

– Lund University

Conservation Letters

Deep snow cover in the Arctic region intensifies heat waves in Eurasia

Persistent abnormally hot weather can cause negative impacts on human health, agriculture, and natural environments.

– Hokkaido University

Scientific Reports

Oxygen Depletion in Ancient Oceans Caused Major Mass Extinction

Late in the prehistoric Silurian Period, around 420 million years ago, a devastating mass extinction event wiped 23 percent of all marine animals from the face of the planet. For years, scientists struggled to connect a mechanism to this mass exti...

– Florida State University


Time to retire the 'pristine myth' of climate change

A new, global synthesis of regional archaeological knowledge on land-use changes over the past 10,000 years reveals that humans have reshaped landscapes, ecosystems and potentially climate over millennia in a manner that challenges conventional ideas...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Policy and Public Affairs

Opinion: Why I Celebrate National Wildlife Day

I have been blessed these last three decades to pursue a career as a wildlife scientist at a land-grant university, working daily at the nexus of my vocation and advocation. So, celebrating National Wildlife Day comes naturally. However, in our incre...

– Mississippi State University


Changing the climate conversation in Arizona: NAU joins with ASU, UA and Arizona communities to confront climate crisis

The summit, which will take place Nov. 15-16 in Flagstaff, will bring together more than 30 speakers on a broad range of issues including rural resilience, community climate action and wildfire response and management.

– Northern Arizona University

UCI is No. 1 in U.S., No. 2 overall in Sierra magazine’s 2019 ‘Cool Schools’ ranking

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 3, 2019 — The green streak continues! Sierra magazine has named the University of California, Irvine No. 1 in the nation and No. 2 overall in its annual “Cool Schools” ranking of sustainability leaders among U.S. and Canad...

– University of California, Irvine

Expert Pitch

Wind Engineering Expert Available to Speak about Hurricane Dorian

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

While much of the focus on #Dorian has been on the gale force winds, #stormsurge will play a huge role in the #hurricane’s catastrophic impact, says Prof @KyleMandli

– Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

UAlbany Atmospheric Scientists Available to Discuss Hurricane Dorian

– University at Albany, State University of New York

Hurricane Dorian: GW Experts Available to Discuss Disaster Response and Recovery

– George Washington University

Expert available to speak about power outages following Hurricane Dorian

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Hurricane Dorian: WIU Meteorologist Available to Discuss Storm

– Western Illinois University

Earth Scientist Karthik Balaguru is available as hurricane expert. He works in the Marine Sciences Laboratory @PNNLab

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Hurricane Dorian: U-M nursing professor can discuss preparedness, long-term health effects of disasters

– University of Michigan

UTHealth disability rights champion Lex Frieden has hurricane preparedness tips for people in the path of Hurricane Dorian

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Bracing for Hurricane Dorian, coastal experts available to discuss emergency preparation, disaster response and recovery

– Virginia Tech

EPA to ease methane regs for industry, ‘single largest culprit’ of emissions spike

– Cornell University

With #HurricaneDorian's approach comes the threat of power loss, which can disrupt transportation and put lives at risk. @JohnsHopkins engineer Umesh Korde suggests that harnessing energy from ocean waves can help restore power more quickly.

– Johns Hopkins University





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