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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 11-Jun-2020

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‘Matador’ Guppies Trick Predators

Trinidadian guppies behave like matadors, focusing a predator’s point of attack before dodging away at the last moment, new research shows.

– University of Bristol

Current Biology

Embargo expired on 11-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Could We Run Out of Sand? Scientists Adjust How Grains Are Measured

New models will help manage impacts of sea-level rise on vulnerable coast

– University of Sydney

Scientific Reports

Embargo expired on 11-Jun-2020 at 05:00 ET

Scientists Lament “Humpty Dumpty” Effect on World’s Most Spectacular, Rare Wildlife

A new study reveals how runaway human population growth collapses the role of wildlife in the world’s ecosystems.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Embargo expired on 09-Jun-2020 at 00:00 ET

Effects of Potassium Fertilization in Pear Trees

Potassium fertilization effects on quality, economics, and yield in pear orchard

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

Agronomy Journal

Could the Answer to Groundwater Resources Come From High in the Sky?

A new computational approach developed by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory offers a high-tech yet simple method for estimating groundwater: it pairs high-resolution images derived by satellite with advanced computer modeling to est...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

New Research Reveals the Function of Genetic Pathway for Reproductive Fitness in Flowering Plants

A research collaboration has demonstrated the function of a genetic pathway for anther development, with this pathway proven in 2019 work to be present widely in the flowering plants that evolved over 200 million years ago.

– Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Nature Communications

Antarctic Sea-Ice Models Improve for the Next IPCC Report

A study of 40 sea ice models finds they all project that the area of sea ice around Antarctica will decrease by 2100, but the amount of loss varies between the emissions scenarios.

– University of Washington

Geophysical Research Letters

After 65 Years, a Desert Nomad Crosses a Railroad Track and Makes History

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) released a photo today of a single Asiatic wild ass or khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) crossing a previously impenetrable barrier along the Trans Mongolian Railroad – the first known crossing by this near-th...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

How Stimulus Dollars are Spent will Affect Emissions for Decades

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have led to a record crash in emissions. But it will be emission levels during the recovery—in the months and years after the pandemic recedes—that matter most for how global warming plays out

– University of California San Diego


23 Years of Water Quality Data from Crop-Livestock Systems

Researchers summarize runoff water quantity and quality data from native tallgrass prairie and crop-livestock systems in Oklahoma between 1977 and 1999

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

Journal of Environmental Quality

Armor on Butterfly Wings Protects Against Heavy Rain

An analysis of high-speed raindrops hitting biological surfaces such as feathers, plant leaves and insect wings reveals how these highly water-repelling veneers reduce the water’s impact.

– Cornell University

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Volcanic Activity and Changes in Earth’s Mantle Were Key to Rise of Atmospheric Oxygen

Evidence from rocks billions of years old suggest that volcanoes played a key role in the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere of the early Earth.

– University of Washington

Nature Communications

American lobster, sea scallop habitat could shift off the northeast

Researchers have projected significant changes in the habitat of commercially important American lobster and sea scallops on the Northeast U.S. continental shelf.

– NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Diversity and Distributions

New Smart Parking Software Cuts Congestion, Emissions

New smart parking software developed by Cornell University researchers, which matches drivers with parking garage spots based on travel time and other factors, could reduce congestion and emissions while saving drivers the time of circling to look fo...

– Cornell University

Transportation Research Part E, June 2020

Great White Shark Diet Surprises Scientists

Understanding how sharks feed is vital for managing human interactions

– University of Sydney

Frontiers in Marine Science

Marine Energy Devices Likely Pose Minimal Impacts to Marine Life, Report Shows

On World Oceans Day, an international team of marine scientists reports that the potential impact of marine renewable energy to marine life is likely small or undetectable, though there is still uncertainty around some issues.

– Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

2020 State of the Science report

Mangrove Trees Won’t Survive Sea-Level Rise by 2050 if Emissions Aren’t Cut

Mangrove trees – valuable coastal ecosystems found in Florida and other warm climates – won’t survive sea-level rise by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, according to a Rutgers co-authored study in the journal Science. Mangrove...

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Science; Rutgers Today

Study shows diamonds aren't forever

The study, published in Nature, was conducted by a team of international resources, including two from Tulane University.

– Tulane University



Could These ‘Salt-loving’ Edible Sea Vegetables be the New Kale?

Skip the salt! Three species of sea vegetables could just be the new kale with the added benefit of a salty flavor. The 10-week study was designed to determine the optimal growing conditions for these sea vegetables that could soon be a great additio...

– Florida Atlantic University

New Documentary Celebrates Clean Air Act, Highlights Communities Still Waiting for Clean Air

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act this year, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (DCEFF) will host the premiere of a new documentary that highlights the dramatic reductions in air pollution that the United States h...

– American University

Steady Streams: Bringing Safe Water to California Communities

With a mix of research and outreach, the CSU is addressing one of California's greatest challenges by securing access to safe drinking water for some of the state's most vulnerable populations.

– California State University (CSU) Chancellor's Office

Expedition to Service Pioneer Array Departing Woods Hole, Sunday 7 June

After weeks of preparation, isolation, and testing, a science team will depart on the R/V Neil Armstrong from Woods Hole, MA for an 11-day expedition.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

EPA Proposal to Change How It Evaluates Environmental Policy Ignores Science

The American Thoracic Society is extremely concerned with today’s announcement about changes in how the EPA evaluates the costs and benefits of environmental policy. While the details of economic analysis of environmental regulations are complex, ...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Society for Risk Analysis to Host Webinar on Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), the world’s leading authority on risk sciences and its applications, is hosting a webinar on Thursday, June 11 at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the latest research on aerosol transmission of COVID-19.

– Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)


Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Invasive Plants in N.J. and Alternatives

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Cool, Dry May With Snow and ‘Endless Spring’

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Family’s 43-Year Backyard Bird Citizen Science Project

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick





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