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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 18-Jun-2020

Climate Change and Environmental News and Experts for the Media.

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.


Juicy Genomics

When Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award winner Kendrick Lamar rapped “I got millions, I got riches buildin’ in my DNA,” he almost certainly wasn’t talking about the humble tomato. But a new study unveiling more than 230,000 DNA differences acros...

– Johns Hopkins University

Cell, June-2020

Embargo expired on 17-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Crop residue decisions affect soil life

New findings share how prescribed fire and no-till management impact soil microbes

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

Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment

Half of the world's population exposed to increasing air pollution, study shows

Half of the world's population is exposed to increasing air pollution, new research has shown.

– University of Exeter

Climate and Atmospheric Science

Fish evolution in action: Land fish forced to adapt after leap out of water

A diverse diet and flexible behaviour may have empowered blenny fish to make a dramatic transition out of the water - but once on land, they have been forced to become specialised, a new study led by UNSW shows.

– University of New South Wales

Functional Ecology

Antarctic sea ice loss explained in new study

Scientists have discovered that the summer sea ice in the Weddell Sea sector of Antarctica has decreased by one million square kilometres - an area twice the size of Spain - in the last five years, with implications for the marine ecosystem. The find...

– British Antarctic Survey

Geophysical Research Letters

Stocks of vulnerable carbon twice as high where permafrost subsidence is factored in, new research finds

Northern Arizona University researchers Elaine Pegoraro, Christina Schädel, Emily Romano, Meghan Taylor and Ted Schuur collaborated on the study, which suggests that traditional methods of permafrost thaw measurement underestimate the amount of prev...

– Northern Arizona University

Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences

World’s Most Complete Health Analysis of Nesting Sea Turtles Conducted in Florida

The most comprehensive health assessment for a green turtle rookery in the world to date is providing critical insights into various aspects of physiology, biology, and herpesvirus epidemiology of this nesting population. Findings are hopeful for thi...

– Florida Atlantic University

Endangered Species Research

NUS researchers uncover mysterious tanaids

Research Associate Mr Chim Chee Kong and Research Assistant Ms Samantha Tong from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS) are on a quest to discover the many nameless tanaids in the world, specifically in t...

– National University of Singapore


Mangroves at risk of collapse if emissions not reduced by 2050, international scientists predict

An international research team comprising scientists from the University of Hong Kong, the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong (Australia) as well as Rutgers University (U...

– University of Hong Kong


Wildfires cause bird songs to change

A new study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that wildfires change the types of songs sung by birds living in nearby forests.

– Oxford University Press

The Auk: Ornithological Advances

Carbon emission from permafrost soils underestimated by 14%

Picture 500 million cars stacked in rows. That's how much carbon—about 1,000 petagrams, or one billion metric tons—is locked away in Arctic permafrost.

– University of Michigan

Geophysical Research Letters

A Carbon Sink Shrinks in the Arctic

Ice melts in the Arctic Ocean were thought to draw large amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, acting as a carbon sink and helping to mitigate greenhouse gases. But new research from the University of Delaware finds that may not be the cas...

– University of Delaware

Nature Climate Change

Cameras Reveal Possible Uptick in Urban Wildlife

In late March, as communities began to issue shelter-in-place orders, it seemed animals came out of hiding.

– University of Georgia

Protecting Bays From Ocean Acidification

While there was a bay-wide decline of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) from the 1960s through the 1980s, restoring these once-abundant SAV beds has been a primary outcome of efforts to reduce loads of nutrients and sediments to the estuary and SAV ...

– University of Delaware

Nature Geoscience

Utah’s Arches Continue to Whisper Their Secrets

Two new studies from University of Utah researchers show what can be learned from a short seismic checkup of natural rock arches and how erosion sculpts some arches—like the iconic Delicate Arch—into shapes that lend added strength.

– University of Utah

Geophysical Research Letters; Geomorphology

Fish Shed Light on Fatherhood in the Animal Kingdom

Fatherhood looks very different across species. Tiny stickleback fish are especially involved in raising their young, and along with other animals, they’re showing us the impact paternal care can have on both offspring and fathers.

– NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


Jefferson Project Makes Lake George Science Data Publicly Available Through New Digital Dashboard

The Jefferson Project at Lake George is making real-time water quality and weather data from its unprecedented scientific monitoring and research program available directly to the public through a new digital Data Dashboard at ...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Is Lead Contamination Ancient History?

Despite the phase out of lead, urban soils a leading source of lead exposure

– Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)


Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Earthwise Lawn and Landscape Care, Farming

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Climatologist Can Discuss Role of Snow in Climate System

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick


Penn’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) Receives $8 Million Grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) at the University of Pennsylvania received an $8 million grant, to be distributed over the next five years, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a renewal of its P30...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Arbor Biosciences Joins the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Arbor Biosciences has joined the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced today

– International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

Science Professional Societies Announce 2020-21 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

The Optical Society (OSA), the Materials Research Society (MRS) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are pleased to announce the selection of Catherine Clark and Michelle Solomon as 2020-2021 Congressional Science and Enginee...

– Materials Research Society (MRS)





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