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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 23-Apr-2020

Climate Change and Environmental News and Experts for the Media. Special Earth Day 2020 edition

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.


More Protections Needed to Safeguard Biodiversity in the Southern Ocean

Current marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean need to be at least doubled to adequately safeguard the biodiversity of the Antarctic, according to a new CU Boulder study.

– University of Colorado Boulder


Embargo expired on 22-Apr-2020 at 14:00 ET

What did scientists learn from Deepwater Horizon?

In a review paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, WHOI marine geochemists Elizabeth Kujawinski and Christopher Reddy review what they— and their science colleagues from around the world—have learned from studying the ...

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Nature Reviews Earth & Environment

Embargo expired on 20-Apr-2020 at 11:00 ET

With shrinking snowpack, drought predictability melting away

New research from CU Boulder suggests that during the 21st century, our ability to predict drought using snow will literally melt away.

– University of Colorado Boulder

Embargo expired on 20-Apr-2020 at 11:00 ET

Recurrent Genomic Selection for Wheat Grain Fructans

Development of Climate-Resilient, Nutritionally Improved Wheat

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

Crop Science

North Atlantic right whales are in much poorer condition than Southern right whale

New research by an international team of scientists reveals that endangered North Atlantic right whales are in much poorer body condition than their counterparts in the southern hemisphere.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Marine Ecology Progress Series

How atrazine regulations have influenced the environment

Opposing chemical trends linked to atrazine regulations from 1990s.

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

Journal of Environmental Quality

Deforestation Drives Disease, Climate Change and It’s Happening at a Rapid Rate

Deforestation is not an issue dominating headlines in the U.S. right now, but perhaps it should be, according to UC San Diego research. Deforestation has been linked to both the spread of infectious disease and climate change, and what is most alarm...

– University of California San Diego

Scientific Reports

Study suggests rainfall triggered 2018 Kīlauea eruption

In May 2018 Kīlauea volcano on the island of Hawaii erupted, touching off months of intense activity. Through August, incandescent lava from fissures spewed hundreds of feet in the air, and billowing ash clouds reached as high as six miles into the ...

– NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Continued CO2 Emissions Will Impair Cognition

New CU Boulder research finds that an anticipated rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in our indoor living and working spaces by the year 2100 could lead to impaired human cognition.

– University of Colorado Boulder

GeoHealth; 10.1029/2019GH000237

Lizards develop new ‘love language’

Relocated in small groups to experimental islands, lizards rapidly and repeatedly developed new chemical signals for communicating with each other. Free from the risk of predators and intent to attract potential mates, male lizards produce a novel ch...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Journal of Animal Ecology

SAS and IIASA call for crowd-driven artificial intelligence to help track deforestation

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, SAS and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis join forces to transform crowdsourced knowledge into actionable intelligence to help protect the planet.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Faster-degrading plastic could promise cleaner seas

To address plastic pollution plaguing the world’s seas and waterways, Cornell University chemists have developed a new polymer that can degrade by ultraviolet radiation, according to research published in the Journal of the American Chemical Societ...

– Cornell University

Journal of the American Chemical Society, March 2020

Rising carbon dioxide levels will change marine habitats and fish communities

Rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the consequent changes created through ocean acidification will cause severe ecosystem effects, impacting reef-forming habitats and the associated fish, according to new research.

– University of Plymouth

Science of the Total Environment

Dogs trained to detect oak wilt, invasive species

Dogs have highly sensitive noses, a trait environmental conservationists, land managers and plant disease specialists are harnessing to sniff out invasive species.

– Cornell University


University of Bristol Joins World-Leading Alliance to Advance Weather and Climate Science

The University of Bristol is today joining forces with the Met Office, together with UCL, to expand and transform an alliance which will strengthen the UK as a world leader in predicting climate hazards and tackling their far-reaching impact.

– University of Bristol

Embargo expired on 22-Apr-2020 at 05:00 ET

Argonne Makes Everyday Earth Day

As April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory lists its Top 10 green projects, setting itself as an example of honoring every day as Earth Day.

– Argonne National Laboratory

UCI faculty create curricula for kids worldwide confined by coronavirus

Irvine, Calif., April 22, 2020 – On this Earth Day, the United Nations is announcing the start of a new environmental education program for the world’s 1.5 billion youth who are confined to their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and unable...

– University of California, Irvine

Earth Connection Inspires Environmental Stewardship

On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, here’s a feature story about UC San Diego Professor Carolyn Kurle and her mission to motivate and inspire students-- many from underprivileged backgrounds--into making an “Earth Connection” to help protect ...

– University of California San Diego

‘Disease triangle’ indicates COVID-19 peak isn’t the end

Plants are no strangers to diseases and devastating outbreaks. Humans can learn a valuable lesson from them when it comes to the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Texas A&M professor.

– Texas A&M AgriLife

Amid Pandemic, Climate Scientists Imagine Earth Day 2070

Their responses underscore the reality of a world in concurrent crises, an undeniable need for action now and hope for the future.

Expert Available

– University of Notre Dame

Earth Day 2020: The Human Element

​​​​​​​Fifty years ago, San José State University​ alumnus and Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson established the first Earth Day, which took place across the country on April 22. But what does Earth Day 2020 look like in the midst of ...

Expert Available

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

EPA’S Attempt to Roll Back Regulations on Mercury and Toxic Air Emissions Ignores Science, Common Sense

Against the recommendation of the environmental, public health and even the electric power industry, this week the Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules to roll back regulations on mercury and toxic air emissions from our nation’s coal...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American University Eliminates All Public Fossil Fuel Investments from Its Endowment

American University has divested all of its public fossil fuel investments from its endowment.

– American University

University of Utah exceeds federal energy reduction commitment

The U.S. Department of Energy confirmed the University of Utah has exceeded its goal to reduce energy use by 20 percent by 2020, as part of the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The U achieved energy savings of 25% across 17 millio...

– University of Utah


Merchandising expert available to comment on sustainable fashion for Earth Day

– Indiana University

Rutgers Experts Can Discuss Earth Day Legacy on 50th Anniversary

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Decade of Research: FSU Experts Available to Discuss 10-Year Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

– Florida State University





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