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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 26-Mar-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.


Pharma’s potential impact on water quality

In ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, researchers report that a single pharmaceutical manufacturing facility could be influencing the water quality of one of Europe’s most important rivers.

– American Chemical Society (ACS)

Environmental Science & Technology

Embargo expired on 25-Mar-2020 at 08:00 ET

Study: Birds Exposed to PCBs as Nestlings Show Behavior Changes as Adults

According to a new study, Zebra Finches exposed to low levels of environmental PCBs as nestlings show changes in breeding behavior as adults.

– Cornell University


Scientists investigate why females live longer than males

An international team of scientists studying lifespans of wild mammals have found that, just like humans, females tend to live significantly longer than their male counterparts.

– University of Bath

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

COVID-19 Update, the Relief Package, Coronavirus Origins, 2020 Election: Newswise Live Expert Panel for March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Update, the Relief Package, Coronavirus Origins, 2020 Election: Newswise Live Expert Panel for March 26, 2020

– Newswise

COVID-19 Expert Panel 3-26-2020

Planning for future water security in China

The findings of a new study underscore the value and potential of technological adoptions to help design targets and incentives for water scarcity mitigation measures.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years

Irvine, Calif., March 23, 2020 – East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of California, Irvine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are concerned that ...

– University of California, Irvine

Geophysical Research Letter, Mar-2020; Nature Geoscience

Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life

The world's animal distribution map will need to be redrawn and textbooks updated, after researchers discovered the existence of 'Australian' species on Christmas Island.

– University of Queensland

Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology

Research shows most bird feed contains troublesome weed seeds

Many millions of homeowners use feeders to attract birds. But a two-year study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management suggests there may be one unintended consequence to this popular hobby. Bird feed mixtures may be helping to ...

– Cambridge University Press

Invasive Plant Science and Management

Reanalysis of global amphibian crisis study finds important flaws

Though biodiversity is in crisis globally, amphibians in particular face a variety of threats.

– University of California, Berkeley


Impact of a second Dust Bowl would be felt worldwide

The American Dust Bowl of the 1930s - captured by the novels of John Steinbeck - was an environmental and socio-economic disaster that worsened the Great Depression.

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

FSU Research: Hidden source of carbon found at the Arctic coast

A previously unknown and significant source of carbon just discovered in the Arctic has scientists both marveling at a once overlooked contributor to local coastal ecosystems and concerned about what it may mean in an era of climate change. FSU resea...

– Florida State University

Nature Communications

Getting climate smart in Armenia

A Cornell University Global Climate Change Science and Policy course is helping students and researchers lead efforts in Armenia to mobilize action related to agriculture.

– Cornell University


Cornell students sketch Ossining’s budding waterfront ideas

Cornell graduate students studying landscape architecture examined Ossining, New York – a town on the rising Hudson River last fall, and presented ideas for climate-change adaptation.

– Cornell University

Why do farmers care about conservation?

Long-term farm success depends on sustainable practices.

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

Sustainable, Secure Food

Flooding the Sky: Navigating the Science of Atmospheric Rivers

Probing observations, satellite data, and climate models, scientists supported by the DOE’s Office of Science are exploring atmospheric rivers’ role in the water and climate cycles. But navigating through the data proved to be trickier than the s...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science


It ain’t any easier being green - World Frog Day reminds us of amphibians' crucial environmental role

– Arizona State University (ASU)





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