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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 21-Nov-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.


Scientists First to Develop Rapid Cell Division in Marine Sponges

Despite efforts over multiple decades, there are still no cell lines for marine invertebrates. For the first time, scientists have developed a breakthrough in marine invertebrate (sponge) cell culture, demonstrating exceptionally fast cell division a...

– Florida Atlantic University

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 21-Nov-2019 at 05:00 ET

Estimating the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have estimated that past and future environmental impacts of Bitcoin mining could be lower than previously thought.

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2019 at 08:00 ET

Prior exposure to pollutants could underlie increased diabetes risk of Indian immigrants

Researchers reporting in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology have linked high levels of DDT in Indian immigrants in the U.S. with risk factors for diabetes.

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2019 at 08:00 ET

Emissions from electricity generation lead to disproportionate number of premature deaths for some racial groups

University of Washington researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental U.S.

– University of Washington

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2019 at 08:00 ET

An Ancient Snake’s Cheekbone Sheds Light on Evolution of Modern Snake Skulls

100-million-year old legged snake fossil provides critical insight into how the heads of modern snakes evolved

– University of Alberta

Science Advances

Embargo expired on 20-Nov-2019 at 10:00 ET

Researchers Show Noise Pollution Is Threatening the Survival of a Number of Species

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have found noise pollution is threatening the survival of more than 100 different species.

– Queen's University Belfast

Biology Letters

Embargo expired on 19-Nov-2019 at 19:00 ET

Study of Wisconsin walleye finds recreational fishing contributes to stock declines

New research shows that when stocks of fish get so low that it becomes a greater challenge to catch them, many anglers step up to the challenge and continue catching fish. This poses a threat to the long-term health of sportfish populations in Wiscon...

– University of Wisconsin-Madison

Embargo expired on 18-Nov-2019 at 15:00 ET

Nitrous Oxide Levels Are on the Rise

Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances on the planet. According to new research, we are releasing more of it into the atmosphere than previously thought.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Nature Climate Change

Embargo expired on 18-Nov-2019 at 11:00 ET

Tulane scientist embarks on mission to Florida-sized glacier

Geologist Brent Goehring is joining researchers from across the U.S. and the U.K. to research sea-level rise

– Tulane University

Rapid evolution: Researchers discover remarkable variation in genetic mechanisms that drive sexual differentiation of frogs

Researchers from McMaster University have discovered striking variation in the underlying genetic machinery that orchestrates sexual differentiation in frogs, demonstrating that evolution of this crucial biological system has moved at a dramatic pace...

– McMaster University

Molecular Biology and Evolution

Yellowstone's migrating bison manipulate springtime green-up

On a typical June day in Yellowstone, it's not unusual to see hundreds of bison grazing in the Lamar Valley.

– University of Wyoming

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

New Geologic Modeling Method Explains Collapse of Ancient Mountains in American West

By using the latest computer technologies, combined with geologic data, researchers at Stony Brook University have developed a geodynamic model that explains the forces behind the collapse of what were lofty mountains some 30 million years ago in wha...

– Stony Brook University

Nature Communications

New danger for corals in warming oceans: metal pollution

Metal copper from agricultural runoff and marine paint leaching from boat hulls poses an emerging threat to soft coral sea fans in the waters around Puerto Rico.

– Cornell University

Ecological Applications, Oct. 2019

New findings on the largest natural sulfur source in the atmosphere

Leipzig. An international research team was able to experimentally show in the laboratory a completely new reaction path for the largest natural sulfur source in the atmosphere.

– Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)

Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

UNH Researchers Find Climate Change and Turf Seaweed Causing “Patchy” Seascape

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire find that environmental developments caused by climate change are contributing to the transformation of the seafloor to a lower, more patchy seascape dominated by shrub-like seaweed which could impact sp...

– University of New Hampshire


Future rainfall could far outweigh current climate predictions

Homes and communities across the UK have felt the full force of torrential downpours in recent weeks.

– University of Plymouth

Climate Research

Researchers study impact of contaminants in floodwaters

Last spring’s historic flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers may have distributed toxic contaminants along wide flood routes. Researchers know little about how these materials may affect public health and safety in rural and urban area...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Beyond the green revolution

Diversifying crop production can make food supply more nutritious, reduce resource demand and greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance climate resilience without reducing calorie production or requiring more land.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

From the farm to the feast

Spark conversation with fun facts about Thanksgiving foods!

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

What types of farming challenges did the pilgrims face?; Soils and your Thanksgiving meal

St. Mary's College Students McPhillips and Welles Attend Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference; McPhillips Presents Poster

St. Mary’s College environmental studies major Erin McPhillips '20 and chemistry major Coleman Welles '20 attended the ninth annual Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference in Annapolis, Maryland. McPhillips presented a poster titled “Eff...

– St. Mary's College of Maryland

Breakthrough tool launched at Greenbuild empowers users to radically reduce embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool delivers the first digitized EPDs for construction materials in a free platform designed to accelerate early adoption across the entire construction industry.

– University of Washington


Planes, Trains, Automobiles: Experts to Round Out Your Holiday Travel Stories

– Georgia Institute of Technology


DOE to Provide $10 Million for New Research into Ecosystem Processes


– Department of Energy, Office of Science





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