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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 30-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.


Bermudagrass Harvest Management Options with Poultry Litter Fertilization

Managing Harvests of ‘Russell’ and ‘Tifton 44’ Bermudagrass Receiving Broiler Litter for Phosphorus Removal and Nutritive Value

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

Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management

Five years after the Paris Agreement: The gap between promises and implementation

A new study shows that achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement will require a deep reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, ideally by around 40% to 50% by 2030.

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Nature Communications

Algae in the Oceans Often Steal Genes from Bacteria

Algae in the oceans often steal genes from bacteria to gain beneficial attributes, such as the ability to tolerate stressful environments or break down carbohydrates for food, according to a Rutgers co-authored study. The study of 23 species of bro...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Science Advances

Stabilizing High-Efficiency Solar Cells

A new processing method helps the devices maintain their initial efficiency over time under continuous exposure to light or heat.

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Energy & Environmental Science

Conservation goals may be stymied by a lack of land for biodiversity offsetting

Developers may struggle to find enough land to offset the biodiversity impacts of future development, according to a University of Queensland study.

– University of Queensland

Nature Communications

New imaging technique sheds light on adult zebrafish brain

Cornell scientists have developed a new technique for imaging a zebrafish’s brain at all stages of its development, which could have implications for the study of human brain disorders, including autism.

– Cornell University

Nature Methods

Hurricanes twist evolution in island lizards

A good grip can mean the difference between life and death for lizards in a hurricane -- and as a result, populations hit more frequently by hurricanes have larger toepads. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis is the first to demonstra...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Harnessing Psyllid Peptides to Fight Citrus Greening Disease

Citrus greening disease, also called huanglongbing (HLB), is a bacterial infection of citrus trees that results in small, misshapen and sour fruits that are unsuitable for consumption, ultimately killing the tree.

– Boyce Thompson Institute

Journal of Proteome Research

Agricultural pickers in US to see unsafely hot workdays double by 2050

The average number of unsafely hot summer days could double by 2050 and triple by 2100 in U.S. counties where agricultural crops are grown. The study also looks at different strategies the industry could adopt to protect workers’ health.

– University of Washington

Environmental Research Letters

Tube Worm Slime Displays Long-Lasting, Self-Powered Glow

When threatened, the marine parchment tube worm secretes a sticky slime that emits a unique long-lasting blue light. New research into how the worm creates and sustains this light suggests that the process is self-powered.

– Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Experimental Biology 2020

Poor Amazonians go hungry despite living in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth

Poorer rural Amazonians are going hungry despite living in one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet - a new study reveals.

– Lancaster University

People and Nature

Climate change’s toll on freshwater fish: A new database for science

Researchers, fisheries managers, conservationists, journalists and others can use FiCli to find scientific articles based on factors such as fish species, habitat type, location and type of climate change impact (such as a change in temperature or pr...

– University at Buffalo

Fish and Climate Change Database; Scientific Data

Climate Surprise: Climate Change May Push Some Species to Higher Elevations – and Out of Harm’s Way

A new WCS-led study reveals that mountain-dwelling species fleeing warming temperatures by retreating to higher elevations may find refuge from reduced human pressure.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Nature Communications

Big data reveals we're running out of time to save environment and ourselves

The use of big data can help scientists' chart not only the degradation of the environment but can be part of the solution to achieve sustainability, according to a new commentary paper.

– University of Melbourne

Nature Communications

Atmospheric scientist says US carbon dioxide emissions have dropped to unprecedented levels during pandemic

As the demand for transportation fuels has plummeted at an unprecedented rate in the last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Northern Arizona University scientist says the dramatic decrease in local air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels a...

– Northern Arizona University


Share the Planet: Protecting California’s Wildlife

See how the CSU is helping preserve California’s wildlife as threats to their habitats continue to grow.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

The climate superhero

Biology student wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Timothy M. VanReken: Then and Now

Timothy M. VanReken is a program director for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), part of the Office of Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation.

Expert Available

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Using cross-laminated timer on low-volume bridges

A South Dakota State University faculty member will be the first person in the U.S. to study the use of cross-laminated timber on a low-volume vehicle bridge.

– South Dakota State University


Ellen Druffel elected to National Academy of Sciences

Irvine, Calif., April 30, 2020 – University of California, Irvine chemical oceanographer and biogeochemist Ellen Druffel has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most distinguished scientific organizations. One of ...

– University of California, Irvine

Danforth Center Principal Investigator Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center announced that Elizabeth (Toby) Kellogg, Ph.D., Robert E. King Distinguished Investigator and member of the Danforth Center, was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in recognition of h...

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Enhanced climate change models possible through NSF grant

Mechanical engineering's Matthew Rau will study ocean particulate matter, with the hopes of adding to the knowledge surrounding carbon dioxide absorption

– Penn State College of Engineering





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