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Climate and the Environment News from Newswise 02-Jul-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.


New 3D model shows how paradise tree snake uses aerial undulation to fly

For more than 20 years, Virginia Tech biomedical engineering and mechanics professor Jake Socha has sought to measure and model the biomechanics of snake flight and answer questions about them, like that of aerial undulation's functional role.

– Virginia Tech

Nature Physics

Embargo expired on 29-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Learn from the pandemic to prevent environmental catastrophe, scientists argue

• COVID-19 is comparable to climate and extinction emergencies, say scientists from the UK and US – all share features such as lagged impacts, feedback loops, and complex dynamics. • Delayed action in the pandemic cost lives and economic growt...

– University of Cambridge

Current Biology

The mystery of pollen sterility and its reversion in pigeon pea revealed in a new study

The Vienna Metabolomics Centre (VIME), University of Vienna, in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), based in India has made a breakthrough in pigeonpea by resolving the mystery behind fertili...

– University of Vienna

The Plant Genome

How to bring conservation messaging into wildlife-based tourism

The study states that failing to encourage tourists to do more on behalf of wildlife represents a missed opportunity for conservation.

– University of Helsinki

People and Nature

Researchers look for answers as to why western bumblebees are declining

A University of Wyoming researcher and her Ph.D. student have spent the last three years studying the decline of the Western bumblebee.

– University of Wyoming


The Magnetic History of Ice

The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Oded Aharonson found that ancient ice holds magnetic particles. The finding could shed greater light on the Earth’s magnetic field reversals, supplement magnetic field data from rocks and sediment, and identify field ...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Earth and Planetary Science Letters, June-2020

Computing collaboration reveals global ripple effect of shifting monsoons

Scientists from ORNL and a dozen other international research institutions ran a series of simulations to produce the most elaborate set of projections to date that illustrates possible changes in nine monsoon regions across five continents.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Climate Dynamics, June-2020

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Could Serve as “Smokescreen” for Further Environmental Destruction

A team of scientists warn that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were designed to reconcile environmental protection with socioeconomic development, are failing to protect biodiversity at their current of implementation.

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Nature Sustainability

How volcanoes explode in the deep sea

Most volcanic eruptions take place unseen at the bottom of the world's oceans. In recent years, oceanography has shown that this submarine volcanism not only deposits lava but also ejects large amounts of volcanic ash.

– University of Würzburg

Nature Geoscience

Global warming will cause ecosystems to produce more methane than first predicted

New research suggests that as the Earth warms natural ecosystems such as freshwaters will release more methane than expected from predictions based on temperature increases alone.

– Queen Mary University of London

Nature Climate Change

Ancient Maya Reservoirs Contained Toxic Pollution

Mercury, algae made water undrinkable in heart of city

– University of Cincinnati

Scientific Reports

Atmospheric processes likely caused puzzling haze over China during COVID-19 shutdown

New research indicates that significant enhancement of secondary aerosol formed in the atmosphere via gas-to-particle conversion, together with long-lasting regional transport, may be the cause of severe haze over China despite a dramatic reduction i...

– Wiley

Geophysical Research Letters

The millenial pre-colonial cultural inluence is evident in the Amazon forest

More than ten years ago, large geometric earthworks found in the southwestern parts of the Amazon, called geoglyphs, were reported in the global scientific news.

– University of Helsinki

Environmental Archaeology

Tiny Japanese dinosaur eggs help unscramble Cretaceous ecosystem

When most of us think of dinosaurs, we envision large, lumbering beasts, but these giants shared their ecosystems with much smaller dinosaurs, the smaller skeletons of which were generally less likely to be preserved.

– University of Tsukuba

Cretaceous Research

WHOI Researcher Dives to Challenger Deep

A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researcher became one of just a handful of people to visit the deepest part of the ocean following a successful dive in the deep-submergence vehicle Limiting Factor on Monday.

– Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Pantera leo's family tree takes shape

As the "king of beasts," majestic lions have been used as a symbol of courage, nobility and strength by rulers for over 6000 years. A lion became the symbol of a Norwegian king at least as early as 1280. It still stands proudly on Norway's Coat of Ar...

– Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dolphins learn in similar ways to great apes

Dolphins use unusual techniques to obtain food: One of them, called "shelling", is used by the dolphins in Shark Bay in Western Australia. Dolphins in this population trap fishes inside large empty gastropod shells.

– University of Zurich

Current Biology

Global pollution estimates reveal surprises, opportunity

Using recent satellite observations, ground monitoring and computational modeling, researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have released a survey of global pollution rates. There are a couple of surpris...

– Washington University in St. Louis

Environmental Science and Technology, June 3 2020

FAU Poll Finds Climate Change Still is Important Topicfor Floridians in Era of Coronavirus

The third Florida Climate Resilience Survey by FAU's Center for Environmental Studies and the Business and Economics Polling Initiative quarterly statewide survey shows that 89 percent of respondents believe climate change is happening, up from 86 pe...

– Florida Atlantic University


How are oysters farmed – and what’s the effect on subaqueous soils?

Oyster aquaculture poses minor changes to soils and bottom-dwelling communities

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

Soils Matter Blog

New Tech Lets Marine Scientists Track Real-Time Health of Coral Reefs Around the World

MERMAID, an open-source tech platform for marine scientists, is for the first time launching an interactive map that provides an insider’s view of the ecosystem data collected from coral reefs by field scientists around the world.

– Wildlife Conservation Society


The fossil detective

Uncovering what drives the evolution of new animals is key for understanding the history of life on Earth. Geologist James Lamsdell is embarking on this exploration as a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award.

– West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

South Pole Warmed More Than Three Times Global Rate in 30 Years

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

FSU experts available to comment on geochemical effects of Saharan dust cloud

– Florida State University

Veterinary expert available to discuss new swine flu strain

– Iowa State University

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss Benefits of Backyard Composting

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers Expert Can Discuss New Home and Property Flood Risk Data

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Computer Vision Technology Helps Analyze Michigan Dam Collapse

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Dust plume may mean weaker hurricanes, heartier ocean ecosystem

– Cornell University





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