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Newswise: Marine plankton behaviour could predict future marine extinctions, study finds
15-Apr-2024 5:05 AM EDT
Marine plankton behaviour could predict future marine extinctions, study finds
University of Bristol

Marine communities migrated to Antarctica during the Earth’s warmest period in 66 million years long before a mass-extinction event.

Newswise: How soil microbes survive in harsh desert environments
16-Apr-2024 5:00 AM EDT
How soil microbes survive in harsh desert environments
University of Vienna

Prolonged droughts followed by sudden bursts of rainfall – how do desert soil bacteria manage to survive such harsh conditions? This long-debated question has now been answered by an ERC project led by microbiologist Dagmar Woebken from the Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CeMESS) at the University of Vienna.

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11-Apr-2024 5:05 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Florida Climate Report: Expert Panel Live Event Reporter Q&A
Newswise

Climate experts from Florida Atlantic University, Archbold Biological Station, and Live Wildly Foundation will speak and answer questions from the media on the Florida Wildlife Corridor (FLWC) and Climate Change managing Florida’s Natural and Human Landscapes for Prosperity and Resilience

   
Newswise: New Tagging Method Provides Bioadhesive Interface for Marine Sensors on Diverse, Soft, and Fragile Species
Released: 16-Apr-2024 11:00 AM EDT
New Tagging Method Provides Bioadhesive Interface for Marine Sensors on Diverse, Soft, and Fragile Species
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Newly developed bioadhesive sensors (BIMS) are effective and less invasive than traditional tagging. Scientists can attach them with a thin layer of dried-hydrogel in less than 20 seconds.

Newswise: Save Spring Migrating Birds
Released: 16-Apr-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Save Spring Migrating Birds
Cornell University

Now is one of the most important times of year to keep birds safe by reducing non-essential lighting at night and treating window glass so birds can see it and avoid deadly collisions.

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11-Apr-2024 12:00 PM EDT
Florida Wildlife Corridor Eases Worst Impacts of Climate Change
Florida Atlantic University

Florida is projected to lose 3.5 million acres of land to development by 2070. A new study highlights how Florida can buffer itself against both climate change and population pressures by conserving the remaining 8 million acres of “opportunity areas” within the Florida Wildlife Corridor (FLWC), the only designated statewide corridor in the U.S.

10-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
New Study Shows How the Florida Wildlife Corridor Can Mitigate the Worst Impacts of Climate Change
Florida Atlantic University

As wildfires, floods and other climate disasters spread across the country, a first-of-its-kind study finds that Florida’s ambitious Wildlife Corridor has the potential to shield the state from similar threats.

Newswise: Unlocking the secrets of forest heights: the role of GEDI LiDAR technology
Released: 15-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Unlocking the secrets of forest heights: the role of GEDI LiDAR technology
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A team of researchers has unveiled a novel approach to accurately characterizing tree height composition in forests using the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

Released: 11-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
New EPA PFAS Ruling: MSU Experts Provide Overview of Changes
Michigan State University

Municipal water systems must remove “forever chemicals” from their tap water under a new rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency meant to prevent deaths and serious illnesses linked to the substances.

   
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Released: 11-Apr-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Billions of cicadas are coming as two rare broods emerge, but not for everyone says expert
Virginia Tech

For the first time in more than 200 years, billions of cicadas - two different broods - will emerge from the ground at the same time. These two different broods have not been seen together since the 1800s. But, as Virginia Tech entomologist Doug Pfeiffer explained not everyone will see this once in a lifetime spectacle.

Newswise: Ocean currents threaten to collapse Antarctic ice shelves
8-Apr-2024 10:00 AM EDT
Ocean currents threaten to collapse Antarctic ice shelves
Hokkaido University

Meandering ocean currents play an important role in the melting of Antarctic ice shelves, threatening a significant rise in sea levels.

Newswise: New Study Confirms FSC-Certified Forests Help Wildlife Thrive in the Congo Basin
Released: 10-Apr-2024 11:30 AM EDT
New Study Confirms FSC-Certified Forests Help Wildlife Thrive in the Congo Basin
Wildlife Conservation Society

A new study reveals compelling evidence that forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) in Gabon and the Republic of Congo harbour a higher abundance of larger mammals and critically endangered species, such as gorillas and elephants, compared to non-FSC certified forests.

Newswise: New report ‘braids’ Indigenous and Western knowledge for forest adaptation strategies against climate change
Released: 10-Apr-2024 10:00 AM EDT
New report ‘braids’ Indigenous and Western knowledge for forest adaptation strategies against climate change
University of Washington

Severe droughts and wildfires, invasive species, and large insect outbreaks are straining national forests and surrounding lands. A new report outlines a new approach to forest stewardship that “braids together” Indigenous knowledge and Western science to conserve and restore more resilient forestlands in the U.S.

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Released: 10-Apr-2024 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Lands $1.3 Million Grant to ‘Clean Up’ Stinky Seaweed in Florida
Florida Atlantic University

Once Sargassum deluges beaches, removing, disposing and repurposing the seaweed presents many logistical and economic challenges. Cleaning up these huge piles of annoying seaweed while protecting these critical habitats at the same time is a precarious struggle.

Newswise: Study shedding new light on Earth’s global carbon cycle could help assess liveability of other planets
8-Apr-2024 6:05 AM EDT
Study shedding new light on Earth’s global carbon cycle could help assess liveability of other planets
University of Bristol

Research has uncovered important new insights into the evolution of oxygen, carbon, and other vital elements over the entire history of Earth – and it could help assess which other planets can develop life, ranging from plants to animals and humans.

Newswise: This device gathers, stores electricity in remote settings
Released: 9-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
This device gathers, stores electricity in remote settings
University of Utah

Wirelessly connected devices perform an expanding array of applications, such as monitoring the condition of machinery and remote sensing in agricultural settings. These applications hold much potential for improving the efficiency, but how do you power these devices where reliable electrical sources are not available?

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Released: 9-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
The Vandal Theory Podcast - Season 7, Episode 3: Exploring the Unknown Deep Soils
University of Idaho

Meet Michael Strickland and Zachary Kayler, associate professors in the Department of Soil and Water Systems at University of Idaho. They are leading a national contingency of scientists in building what amounts to huge terrariums at U of I: all to study a world that scientists still don’t understand — the deep soils under our feet.

8-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Remote work cuts car travel and emissions, but hurts public transit ridership
University of Florida

Remote work could cut hundreds of millions of tons of carbon emissions from car travel – but at the cost of billions lost in public transit revenues, according to a new study.

Newswise: Unveiling the world's skin: a map of global land cover from 2000-2020
Released: 8-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Unveiling the world's skin: a map of global land cover from 2000-2020
Chinese Academy of Sciences

A new study introduces the Hybrid Global Annual 1-km International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Land Cover Maps for the period 2000-2020.

Newswise: Can savanna emerge in the cold high latitudes and altitudes due to ongoing rapid warming?
Released: 8-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
Can savanna emerge in the cold high latitudes and altitudes due to ongoing rapid warming?
Chinese Academy of Sciences

In the context of global warming, natural vegetations have been altered worldwide in spite of they are far away in the niches. Warming plus precipitation increase can extend the distributions of forest, grassland and savanna northwards while cooling plus drought may drive the tundra towards the equator.

Newswise: Cracking the code of flash floods: new insights from China's mountainous regions
Released: 8-Apr-2024 9:45 AM EDT
Cracking the code of flash floods: new insights from China's mountainous regions
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Recently, researchers have made breakthroughs in flash flood forecasting by studying how different rainfall patterns affect flash floods in China's mountainous regions.

Newswise: Mongolia’s Dzud Is a Severe Winter Weather Disaster Affecting People and Wildlife
Released: 8-Apr-2024 5:05 AM EDT
Mongolia’s Dzud Is a Severe Winter Weather Disaster Affecting People and Wildlife
Wildlife Conservation Society

As highlighted by both national and international media, a severe winter weather disaster—the phenomenon known as a ‘dzud’—during the 2023-2024 winter has presented unprecedented challenges for the people of Mongolia.

Newswise: Development of Durability Evaluation Technique Against Solar Variability for Advancing Green Hydrogen Production
Released: 8-Apr-2024 12:00 AM EDT
Development of Durability Evaluation Technique Against Solar Variability for Advancing Green Hydrogen Production
National Research Council of Science and Technology

Dr. Bora Seo's research team from the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Center at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), led by Director Yoon Seok-jin, has developed a durability evaluation technique for green hydrogen production devices with step durations as short as one second, utilizing actual solar irradiance data.

Newswise: A Decade of GoAmazon
Released: 5-Apr-2024 3:05 PM EDT
A Decade of GoAmazon
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ten years later, data gathered in Brazil have proven highly influential across atmospheric science

Newswise: ‘Diverse’ agriculture benefits people and the environment at the same time
Released: 5-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
‘Diverse’ agriculture benefits people and the environment at the same time
University of Colorado Boulder

A new analysis from 2,655 farms on five continents suggests that moving away from industrial, monoculture farming could benefit both the planet and people.

Newswise: Heat stress from ocean warming harms octopus vision
Released: 4-Apr-2024 9:05 PM EDT
Heat stress from ocean warming harms octopus vision
University of Adelaide

While climate change has led to an increase in the abundance of octopuses, heat stress from projected ocean warming could impair their vision and impact the survivability of the species.

Released: 4-Apr-2024 1:05 PM EDT
Research Collaboration Aims to Enhance Cereal Crop Resilience to Acidic Soils and Improve Agriculture Sustainability
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Acidic soil caused by changing climate patterns threatens agriculture sustainability across the globe. But the problem goes far beyond rising temperatures. One major cause for concern is more acidic soil, a product of increasing rainfall.

Released: 3-Apr-2024 3:20 PM EDT
Michigan and Argonne join forces to drive clean energy transition
Argonne National Laboratory

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Argonne National Laboratory are looking to establish an economy that reduces carbon emissions and promotes sustainability while driving progress with expertise in battery manufacturing, sustainable transportation, industrial decarbonization and workforce development.

Newswise: Africa is no longer the carbon sink of the world
Released: 3-Apr-2024 3:00 PM EDT
Africa is no longer the carbon sink of the world
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

In only nine years between 2010 and 2019, Africa has turned from being a net carbon sink, to being a net carbon source.

Newswise: Enhancing Grassland Sustainability: Strategies to Delay Leaf Senescence in Forage and Turf Grasses
Released: 3-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Enhancing Grassland Sustainability: Strategies to Delay Leaf Senescence in Forage and Turf Grasses
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Leaf aging is a complex biological phenomenon influenced by growth stages, plant hormones, and various environmental conditions.

Newswise: SUNY ESF Leads Groundbreaking Research in Groundwater’s Role in Ecosystem Sustainability
Released: 3-Apr-2024 8:05 AM EDT
SUNY ESF Leads Groundbreaking Research in Groundwater’s Role in Ecosystem Sustainability
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Groundwater has been largely unstudied in its importance and role in sustaining ecosystems.

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Released: 2-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
The Vandal Theory Podcast - Season 6, Episode 3: Kenny Wallen — Natural Resource Management
University of Idaho

Meet Kenny Wallen, an assistant professor of human dimensions in the Department of Natural Resources and Society at the University of Idaho. Everyone has opinions about how Idaho’s natural resources should be used.

Newswise: New Satellite Dataset Sheds Light on Earth's Plant Growth
Released: 1-Apr-2024 12:05 AM EDT
New Satellite Dataset Sheds Light on Earth's Plant Growth
Chinese Academy of Sciences

In the field of environmental and climate science, researchers have developed the Comprehensive Mechanistic Light Response (CMLR) gross primary production (GPP) dataset.

Newswise: Golden Lion Award For Lifetime Achievement Presented to the Italian-American Scientist Antonio Giordano
Released: 30-Mar-2024 10:05 PM EDT
Golden Lion Award For Lifetime Achievement Presented to the Italian-American Scientist Antonio Giordano
Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Award recognizes Giordano for Italian Scientific Excellence in the world and the International Study on the correlation between health and pollution in the Land of Fire in Campania

Newswise: Atmospheric Scientists Link Arctic Sea Ice Loss to Strong El Niño Events
Released: 29-Mar-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Atmospheric Scientists Link Arctic Sea Ice Loss to Strong El Niño Events
University at Albany, State University of New York

The amount of sea ice that survives the Arctic summer has declined 12.2 percent per decade since the late 1970s and projections show the region could experience its first ice-free summer by 2040.

Newswise: DOE officials tour Southern Great Plains atmospheric observatory
Released: 28-Mar-2024 11:45 AM EDT
DOE officials tour Southern Great Plains atmospheric observatory
Argonne National Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy officials received a behind the scenes look at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) atmospheric observatory in Lamont, Oklahoma.

Newswise: Nation's Ocean Observing Network Facing 76% Funding Cut
Released: 28-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EDT
Nation's Ocean Observing Network Facing 76% Funding Cut
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association (GCOOS-RA)

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2025 proposes funding regional ocean observing associations at $10 million — a 76 percent reduction in the budget for these critically important services.

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Released: 27-Mar-2024 10:00 PM EDT
Open waste burning linked to air pollution in Northwestern Greenland
Hokkaido University

A case study on the effects of open waste burning on air quality in Northwestern Greenland calls attention to the importance of no-one-left-behind sustainable air quality monitoring in the Arctic region.

Released: 26-Mar-2024 7:05 PM EDT
Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Enhance Pine Growth by Promoting Iron Uptake
Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory - EMSL

Research highlights the potential significance of ectomycorrhizal fungi diversity in promoting forest ecosystem health and strengthening the symbiotic relationship between mycorrhizae and host plants.

Released: 26-Mar-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Curbside collection improves organic waste composting, reduces methane emissions
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Composting food and garden waste instead of sending it to landfills can significantly reduce methane emissions and help mitigate global warming. A new study from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign explores the effects of curbside compost collection programs in New South Wales, Australia.

Newswise: Accelerating China's transition to carbon neutrality and clean air
Released: 26-Mar-2024 7:10 AM EDT
Accelerating China's transition to carbon neutrality and clean air
Chinese Academy of Sciences

China faces the dual challenges of air pollution and climate change, with significant implications for public health and the environment. The Chinese government has initiated a synergetic approach to tackle these issues simultaneously, aiming for carbon neutrality and clear sky.

Newswise: UNC Collaborates on Regional NSF-Funded Initiative on Climate Resilience
Released: 25-Mar-2024 4:05 PM EDT
UNC Collaborates on Regional NSF-Funded Initiative on Climate Resilience
University of Northern Colorado

Up to $160 million available over the next 10 years to build climate-resilient communities in the Colorado-Wyoming region

Newswise: Navigating the depths: a breakthrough in underwater exploration technology
Released: 25-Mar-2024 7:35 AM EDT
Navigating the depths: a breakthrough in underwater exploration technology
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Scientists have developed an innovative calibration algorithm for the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).This algorithm significantly enhances navigation precision by utilizing acoustic signals from seabed beacons.

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Released: 22-Mar-2024 4:05 PM EDT
Science Is the Best (Local, Regional, National, Global) Policy
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Mercury studies in Indonesia. Climate change studies in Tanzania. Biodiversity studies in South Dakota. Marine mammal surveys in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Released: 22-Mar-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Science Outside the Box
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

The ocean covers approximately 70 percent of Earth’s surface and is the largest livable space on our planet. Deep below there exists a realm inhabited by a wide variety of marine mammals—whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and manatees—that embody a mysterious and profound connection to cultures worldwide.

Released: 22-Mar-2024 11:05 AM EDT
In Lake Erie, climate change scrambles zooplankton’s seasonal presence
Ohio State University

A new analysis of zooplankton in western Lake Erie shows that their biomass and seasonal behavioral patterns have been drastically altered by human-driven changes in water temperature and food webs.

Newswise: Ammonia induction strategy for preparation of transition metal oxides / zeolite H2S adsorbent
Released: 22-Mar-2024 8:05 AM EDT
Ammonia induction strategy for preparation of transition metal oxides / zeolite H2S adsorbent
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Blast furnace gas (BFG) is an important by-product energy for the iron and steel industry and has been widely used for heating and electricity generation. However, the undesirable contaminants, such as COS, CS2 and H2S, in BFG generate harmful environmental emissions.



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