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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 20-Feb-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.


Cobalt supply can meet demand for electric vehicle and electronics batteries

Supplies of the cobalt are adequate in the short term, but shortages could develop down the road if refining and recycling aren’t ramped up or made more efficient, according to research published in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology.

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 19-Feb-2020 at 08:00 ET

World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

– World Health Organization (WHO)

The Lancet

Embargo expired on 18-Feb-2020 at 18:30 ET

Ultrasound device improves charge time and run time in lithium batteries

Researchers at the University of California San Diego developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device can be used in...

– University of California San Diego

Advanced Materials

Embargo expired on 18-Feb-2020 at 08:00 ET

Citizen scientists discover a new snail, name it after Greta Thunberg

A new to science species of land snail was discovered by a group of citizen scientists working together with scientists from Taxon Expeditions, a company that organises scientific field trips for teams consisting of both scientists and laypeople.

– Pensoft Publishers

Biodiversity Data Journal

Count me out of counting seeds

Technology lends a hand during tedious seed counting process

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

Agricultural & Environmental Letters

Neighborhood Features and One’s Genetic Makeup Interact to Affect Cognitive Function

Few studies have examined how the neighborhood’s physical environment relates to cognition in older adults. Researchers categorized 4,716 individuals by apolipoprotein E (APOE) genotype – a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to de...

– Florida Atlantic University

Health & Place

Could water solve the renewable energy storage challenge?

Seasonally pumped hydropower storage could provide an affordable way to store renewable energy over the long-term, filling a much needed gap to support the transition to renewable energy, according to a new study from IIASA scientists.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Nature Communications

Stressed corals set up progeny for a better life

Changes in DNA methylation patterns during a coral's lifetime can be passed down to their progeny.

– King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

Nature Climate Change

Veggie-loving fish could be the new white meat

A secret to survival amid rising global temperatures could be dwelling in the tidepools of the U.S. West Coast. Findings by University of California, Irvine biologists studying the genome of an unusual fish residing in those waters offer new possibil...

– University of California, Irvine

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Feb-2020

Oversight of Fishing Vessels Lacking, New Analysis Shows

Policies regulating fishing in international waters do not sufficiently protect officials who monitor illegal fishing, the prohibited dumping of equipment, or human trafficking or other human rights abuses, finds a new analysis by a team of environme...

– New York University

Marine Policy

Amazon forest disturbance is changing how plants are dispersed

The study looked at areas in the Brazilian Amazon with varying levels of disturbance from activities like logging or burning.

– British Ecological Society

Journal of Ecology

Systems analysis for a new Arctic

A major new IIASA report highlights new and emerging policy trends in the Arctic, a region on the front lines of climate change, geopolitics, and global governance.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Arctic Policies and Strategies-Analysis, Synthesis, and Trends

Road salt harmful to native amphibians, new research shows

The combined effects of chemical contamination by road salt and invasive species can harm native amphibians, according to researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Chemistry and Ecology, Jan-2020

Mediterranean rainfall immediately affected by greenhouse gas changes

Mediterranean-type climates face immediate drops in rainfall when greenhouse gases rise, but this could be interrupted quickly if emissions are cut.

– Imperial College London

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

New research suggests climate change could reduce lifespan among hundreds of species

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast and Tel Aviv University in Israel have carried out one of the most comprehensive studies to date to better understand what affects life expectancy among all living vertebrates in the world.

– Queen's University Belfast

Global Ecology and Biogeography

Getting a Leg Up on Love: Spiders Offer Limb for Mating Survival

Male tufted golden orb weaver spiders pull out all the stops when trying to court a female, including offering up their own legs to their potential mates for the sake of love. A recent Inside Science article outlines this unique mating technique, whi...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Behavioral Ecology

As groundwater depletes, arid American West is moving east

Even under modest climate warming scenarios, the continental United States faces a significant loss of groundwater - about 119 million cubic meters, or roughly enough to fill Lake Powell four times or one quarter of Lake Erie, a first-of-its-kind stu...

– University of Arizona

Nature Communications

Tourists pose continued risks for disease transmission to endangered mountain gorillas

Researchers at Ohio University have published a new study in collaboration with Ugandan scientists, cautioning that humans place endangered mountain gorillas at risk of disease transmission during tourism encounters.

– Ohio University

Frontiers in Public Health

Satellite image data reveals rapid decline of China's intertidal wetlands

Using archives of satellite imaging data, a study in Frontiers in Earth Science has conducted the most in-depth study of China's intertidal wetlands to date and found a 37.62% decrease in area between 1970 and 2015.

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Earth Science

Forests bouncing back from beetles, but elk and deer slowing recovery

New research from the University of Colorado Boulder reveals that even simultaneous bark beetle outbreaks are not a death sentence to the state’s beloved forests. The study, published this month in the journal Ecology, found that high-elevation for...

– University of Colorado Boulder


Hydropower dams cool rivers in the Mekong River basin, satellites show

Using 30 years of satellite data, UW researchers discovered that within one year of the opening of a major dam in the Mekong River basin, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by up to 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C).

– University of Washington

Environmental Research Letters; AAAS Annual Meeting


What are alluvial soils?

Unique soils provide many beneficial values to society.

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


NYS plastic bag ban key but fees, loopholes are cause for concern

– Cornell University





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