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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 09-Jan-2020
 

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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.


Study: How U.S. sewage plants can remove medicines from wastewater

A study of seven wastewater treatment plants points to two treatment methods — granular activated carbon and ozonation — as being particularly promising for reducing the concentration of pharmaceuticals including certain antidepressants and antib...

– University at Buffalo

Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology


Toward a smarter way of recharging the aquifer

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis have solved a mystery: How did arsenic show up in aquifer water that had been triple purified? Dissolved organic compounds.

– Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental Science and Technology, Oct, 2019; DE-AC02-06CH11357; EAR-1424927


Drones Effective Tools for Fruit Farmers

Unmanned aerial vehicles provide reliable, accurate data to growers.

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

2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting


LED Lighting in Greenhouses Helps But Standards are Needed

While LED lighting can enhance plant growth in greenhouses, standards are needed to determine the optimal intensity and colors of light, according to Rutgers research that could help improve the energy efficiency of horticultural lighting products. ...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Acta Horticulturae; Rutgers Today


Connector fungi offer new clues to fate of nitrogen in warming tundra

Northern Arizona University professors Rebecca Hewitt and Michelle Mack authored the study, published this week in New Phytologist, which could have implications for researchers and computer models that predict where nitrogen and carbon go at both re...

– Northern Arizona University

New Phytologist


Most meat eaters support veganism as 'ethical' and good for the environment

Most meat eaters support veganism as 'ethical' and good for the environment

– University of Bath

Sustainability


Biodiverse forests better at storing carbon for long periods, says study

As the effects of climate change are increasingly felt around the world, possible solutions, from reducing fossil fuel emissions to capturing carbon, have come to dominate policy discussions.

– Earth Institute at Columbia University

Environmental Research Letters


New 'umbrella' species would massively improve conservation

The protection of Australia's threatened species could be improved by a factor of seven, if more efficient 'umbrella' species were prioritised for protection, according to University of Queensland research.

– University of Queensland

Conservation Biology


University of Oklahoma Research Team Helps Weather-Weary Ag Industry

You don’t have to look far to find news, opinions and studies about our world’s changing climate and its effects on humans. But what is less accessible is how a changing climate impacts beef cattle production. A team of scientists and researchers...

– University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering

Great Plains Grazing project


If trees could talk

Researchers at West Virginia University are using tree-ring dating to determine not only when trees were cut down to build historic log buildings in the region but also what the forests were like before European immigrants arrived.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Journal of Biogeography


2017 San Diego Wildfire Increased Pediatric ER Visits for Breathing Problems

A small wildfire in San Diego County in 2017 resulted in a big uptick in children visiting the emergency room for breathing problems, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Annals of the American Thoracic Society


Study Shows Animal Life Thriving Around Fukushima

Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers from the University of Georgia have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of human life.

– University of Georgia

Journal of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment


Global climate trend since Dec. 1 1978: +0.13 C per decade

Global Temperature Report: December 2019

– University of Alabama Huntsville

Spoiler Alert


Dogs and wolves are both good at cooperating

A team of researchers have found that dogs and wolves are equally good at cooperating with partners to obtain a reward. When tested in same-species pairs, dogs and wolves proved equally successful and efficient at solving a given problem.

– Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Journal of Comparative Psychology


Over-Hunting Walruses Contributed to the Collapse of Norse Greenland, Study Suggests

The mysterious disappearance of Greenland's Norse colonies sometime in the 15th century may have been down to the overexploitation of walrus populations for their tusks, according to a study of medieval artefacts from across Europe.

– University of Cambridge

Quaternary Science Reviews


New study estimates the global extent of river ice loss as Earth warms

More than half of Earth's rivers freeze over every year. These frozen rivers support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at high latitudes.

– University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nature


Tests Measure Solar Panel Performance Beyond Established Standards

In testing solar panels, the sun’s intensity, the spectral composition and the angle of light are important factors in understanding why certain panels are successful and others degrade more quickly. To address the knowledge gap in degradation mech...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy


Story Tips: Weather days, grid balance and scaling reactors

From the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, January 2020

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Applied Thermal Engineering, Sept-2019; Association for Computing Machinery, Nov-2019


Keep or cancel holiday plans on fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island?

Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s most iconic tourism destinations, but as fires continue to rage across the once pristine environment, many holidaymakers are questioning whether to keep or cancel their travel plans.

– University of South Australia


Rice Terraces 101

Sticky or unsticky rice? A decision worthy of deep contemplation before dinner.

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


The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Kicks Off “Embrace the Gulf 2020” Campaign

"Embrace the Gulf 2020" is a year-long positive awareness campaign to highlight the value and the vitality of the Gulf of Mexico region. It includes daily messages across several social media platforms.

– Gulf of Mexico Alliance


Environmental Scientists Available to Comment on Australian Bushfires

– Indiana University


‘It makes no sense’: Trump pipeline proposal undercuts climate progress

– Cornell University


Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss 2019 Climate, Weather Events in N.J.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Australian Climate and Wildfires

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


As Australia burns, experts available to discuss lasting impacts on wildlife, human health

– University of Colorado Boulder


Australian fires will be ‘dwarfed’ by future events, continued warming, drying climate

– West Virginia University


University of Redlands professor says climate disruption will cause subtropical high pressure over Australia to gain strength, expand desert conditions

– University of Redlands


Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Coral Genomics Paper

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Fire Ecologist Available to Comment on Public Health Impact of Australian Bushfires

– Missouri University of Science and Technology


Expert can discuss health risks associated with smoke from Australian bushfires

– University of Delaware

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