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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 26-Sep-2019

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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.

New satellite may make flood prediction easier

A satellite on schedule to launch in 2021 could offer a more comprehensive look at flooding in vulnerable, under-studied parts of the world, including much of Africa, South America and Indonesia, a new study has found.

– Ohio State University

Geophysical Research Letters

The frozen world and oceans at risk, says new United Nations special report co-authored by NAU researchers

Ecologist Ted Schuur was one of the lead author's on the report's polar regions chapter. His research focuses on permafrost

– Northern Arizona University

New Standard of Reference for Assessing Solar Forecast Proposed

Being able to accurately forecast how much solar energy reaches the surface of the Earth is key to guiding decisions for running solar power plants and new work in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy looks to provide a standard of referen...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy

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

New Collaborative Hazard and Disaster Research Network Aims to Advance Innovation

A new grant from the National Science Foundation will support the creation of a national network of researchers in systems engineering seeking to develop innovative methods for mitigating, responding to, and learning from hazards and disasters.

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Scientists and key figures develop vision for managing UK land and seas after Brexit

Researchers have outlined how fishing and farming policies could be created to protect employment opportunities and the environment after Brexit.

– University of York

People and Nature

Upcoming: Embracing the Digital Environment Meeting

Agronomists, crop and soil scientists from around the world to meet in San Antonio

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

Embracing the Digital Environment ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting

Wellesley Professor Examines the Ocean’s Response to Climate Change

As carbon emissions increase, how will the ocean respond to climate change? How does carbon dioxide cross from the atmosphere to the ocean? What happens to the carbon dioxide when it is in the ocean? Learn more from Wellesley College professor Rachel...

Expert Available

– Wellesley College

Is Theory on Earth’s Climate in the Last 15 Million Years Wrong?

A key theory that attributes the climate evolution of the Earth to the breakdown of Himalayan rocks may not explain the cooling over the past 15 million years, according to a Rutgers-led study. The study in the journal Nature Geoscience could shed mo...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Nature Geoscience; Rutgers Today

New evidence of the Sahara's age

USA: The Sahara Desert is vast, generously dusty, and surprisingly shy about its age.USA: The Sahara Desert is vast, generously dusty, and surprisingly shy about its age. New research looking into what appears to be dust that the Sahara blew over to ...

– Geological Society of America (GSA)

2019 GSA Annual Meeting

New AI app predicts climate change stress for farmers in Africa

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool available for free in a smartphone app can predict near-term crop productivity for farmers in Africa and may help them protect their staple crops

– Penn State University

United Nations Climate Action Summit

What Is the Value of Using Crop Wild Relatives in Potato Breeding?

Disease resistance, flavor and more come from tiny tubers

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

UN Climate Action Summit Opens Opportunities for Action on Infectious Disease Impact

As government, business, and community leaders from around the world gather in New York today for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, attention to the immediate and international threats posed by climate change to human he...

– Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Surface melting causes Antarctic glaciers to slip faster towards the ocean, new research shows

Surface meltwater draining through the ice and beneath Antarctic glaciers is causing sudden and rapid accelerations in their flow towards the sea, according to new research.

– University of Sheffield

Nature Communications

Untapped resource, or greenhouse gas threat, found below rifting axis off Okinawa coast

Analyzing reflections of seismic pressure waves by the subseafloor geology off southwestern Japan, researchers at Kyushu University have found the first evidence of a massive gas reservoir where the Earth's crust is being separated. Depending on its ...

– Kyushu University

Geophysical Research Letters (2019)

Investments to address climate change are good for business

An internationally respected group of scientists, including Professor Francois Engelbrecht from the University of the Witwatersrand

– University of the Witwatersrand


In media coverage of climate change, where are the facts?

The New York Times makes a concerted effort to drive home the point that climate change is real, but it does a poor job of presenting the basic facts about climate change that could convince skeptics, according to a review of the paper's coverage sin...

– University of California, Berkeley

Environmental Research Communications

Water May Be Scarce for New Power Plants in Asia

Climate change and over-tapped waterways could leave developing parts of Asia without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, new research indicates. The study found that existing and planned power plants that burn coal for energy c...

– Ohio State University

Energy and Environment Science

Scientists Prepare Ship for Mission Locked in Arctic Ice

The German icebreaker RV Polarstern is scheduled to set sail today from Tromsø, Norway, for a 13-month journey to wherever the sea ice takes it. In a week or so, the ship will get locked into the Arctic ice and drift with the ice floes for a year so...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Just How Much of the Amazon is Burning?

Capturing the full scale of the fires requires cooperation between scientists and on-the-ground reporters, Matthew Hayek, an environmental studies professor, explains.

Expert Available

– New York University


BRI Publishes Results of Loon Study After North Cape Oil Spill

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) announces the publication of the scientific paper Restoration of common loons following the North Cape Oil Spill, Rhode Island, USA, in the journal Science of the Total Environment (now available online). This lo...

– Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Evers, et al. 2019. Restoration of common loons following the North Cape Oil Spill. Sci Total Environment

For people with pre-existing liver disease, toxic algae may be more dangerous

Toxins produced during harmful algal blooms may be more harmful to people than previously known.

– University of Toledo


New study finds U.S. and Canada have lost more than one in four birds in the past 50 years

Data show that since 1970, the U.S. and Canada have lost nearly 3 billion birds, a massive reduction in abundance involving hundreds of species, from beloved backyard songbirds to long-distance migrants.

– Cornell University

Science, Sept-2019

Discovery of an Endangered Species in a Well-Known Cave Raises Questions

How did the Alabama cave shrimp get into two distinct cave systems that don't share a watershed?

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Subterranean Biology

When natural disasters hit, men and women respond differently

Women tend to take cover or prepare for evacuations sooner, but often have trouble convincing the men in their lives to join them, according to a new study exploring how gender influences response to natural disasters

– University of Colorado Boulder

Disasters, June-2019

Reimagining Agriculture: A Q&A with Beanstalk Farm

With a global population projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, food production will require innovative new methods for producing more food, more sustainably. Here, Darden Ideas to Action highlights one company trying to do just that: Beanstalk, fou...

– University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Ethan Coon: Capturing Natural Processes Through Math

As a computational hydrologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Ethan Coon combines his talent for math with his love of coding to solve big science questions about water quality, water availability for energy production, climate change, and the mov...

Expert Available

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Featured speakers announced for Embracing the Digital Environment meeting

Media invited to these speakers in San Antonio

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

EMBRACING THE DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT - 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Nov. 10-13, San Antonio, Texas

Helping Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria Beat Their Competitors

Using 2D materials, researchers will study the genetics associated with attachment to give nitrogen-fixing bacteria the advantage in colonizing soybean roots--and reduce the need for chemical fertilizer.

– South Dakota State University

HSU Researchers Join State-wide Efforts to Monitor Marine Protected Areas

Researchers from Humboldt State University will continue studying marine life in protected areas on the North Coast, thanks to $9.5 million in total funding.

– Humboldt State University

Expert Pitch

Virginia Tech entomology expert is available to discuss the dragonfly migrations that some say are appearing on weather radars

– Virginia Tech

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Indonesian Fires Threatening Orangutans

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

CU Boulder expert available on youth climate strikes

– University of Colorado Boulder

Study Shows Warming Arctic Temperatures Contributing to North American Heat Waves

– Texas State University

Case Western Reserve University's Environmental Law Center training next generation of environmental law experts

– Case Western Reserve University

University of California, Irvine scientists available to speak about the impact of climate change on human health and wildfires

– University of California, Irvine

WCS experts on Nature-Based Solutions available for comment on climate summit. Tweet at @wcsnewsroom

– Wildlife Conservation Society

University of California, Irvine ecologist Steven D. Allison and School of Humanities Dean Tyrus Miller can comment on why science needs the humanities to solve climate change

– University of California, Irvine

Junco expert available to discuss precipitous decline in North American birds

– Indiana University

Expert on youth/teens and environmental activism is available for analysis on global youth climate protest

– University of Wisconsin-Madison





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