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Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
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‘Pregnant' Housefly Males Demonstrate the Evolution of Sex Determination
‘Pregnant’ Housefly Males Demonstrate the Evolution of Sex Determination
Sex is one of the most essential characteristics of an individual – not only for humans, but also for animals and plants.
Environment/Sustainable Development
22.05.2017
World better off without US in global climate agreement - ANU expert
Having the US remain under the Paris Agreement would reveal the weaknesses of the agreement, prevent new opportunities from emerging, and gift greater leverage to a recalcitrant administration.
Literature/Linguistics - Environment/Sustainable Development
22.05.2017
Healing Brexit generational divide
Cardiff University experts will consider how to heal the generational divide following the divisive EU referendum, at this year's 30 th anniversary Hay Festival.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
22.05.2017
Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures
Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures
A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering - in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the ocean floor to begin the process again - does not depend on Earth's temperature in the way that geologists had believed.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
19.05.2017
Hothouse climates of the past – lessons for the future
Hothouse climates of the past – lessons for the future
Some of the world's leading climate change scientists will be in Bristol next week to discuss extreme warm climates throughout the history of the earth and how they help us understand the future of our planet.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
19.05.2017
30-year collaboration earns UW climatologist China’s top science honor
John Kutzbach, UW?Madison professor emeritus of atmospheric, oceanic and environmental sciences, is the former director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Science Center for Climatic Research.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
18.05.2017
Royal seal of approval for sustainable urban development work
HRH The Prince of Wales visited Kellogg College at the University of Oxford earlier this week to see work being done to address the challenges of global urbanisation.
Administration/Government - Environment/Sustainable Development
18.05.2017
Procurement Services hosts annual supplier show June 1
Procurement Services will host its annual supplier show June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Barton Hall.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
18.05.2017
‘most hunted' hot spots
‘most hunted’ hot spots
Caterpillars living near the equator are eight times more likely to be eaten by predators than those living closer to the poles, according to new research published . An international team made the discovery by gluing thousands of dummy caterpillars made of Plasticine on plants at 31 sites along an 11,635 km gradient from the Arctic Circle to southern Australia.
Environment/Sustainable Development
18.05.2017
Is carbon removal technology a high-stakes gamble?
Stanford scientists explain the risks of betting the world's future on massive-scale deployment of carbon removal technologies.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
18.05.2017
Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal
Not All Cool Pavements Are Created Equal
Berkeley Lab finds that the choice of pavement material can significantly impact carbon emissions, creates decision tool for cities to use Cool pavements can help keep cities cool, right? Yes, but according to new research from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), many reflective pavements have some unexpected drawbacks relative to conventional pavements when considering the entire life cycle of the materials.
Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Very young lake sturgeon and artificial spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers
Very young lake sturgeon and artificial spawning reefs in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers
ANN ARBOR'Rock spawning reefs have been built at several locations in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers over the past 13 years to attract lake sturgeon and other native fish species.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Role of nitrogen in shaping the toxicity of Lake Erie algal blooms
Role of nitrogen in shaping the toxicity of Lake Erie algal blooms
ANN ARBOR'While much of the work to curtail Lake Erie's harmful algal blooms has focused on the availability of phosphorus, a U-M-led team has for several years been investigating the role of another nutrient found in crop fertilizers, nitrogen, in shaping the toxicity of those blooms. In May 2014, a team led by U-M microbiologist and oceanographer Gregory Dick received a $250,000 grant for the study from the U-M Water Center.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
17.05.2017
Forecasting the Apostle Islands ice caves
ANN ARBOR'U-M climate researchers and their partners, including the National Park Service, are developing a tool to predict the upcoming ice cave season at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, off the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
New building gets set to accelerate energy research
Work has started on a new building at the University of Nottingham which will be a centre for world-leading energy research in the UK.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Earth's atmosphere more chemically reactive in cold climates
Earth’s atmosphere more chemically reactive in cold climates
Unseen in the air around us are tiny molecules that drive the chemical cocktail of our atmosphere. As plants, animals, volcanoes, wildfires and human activities spew particles into the atmosphere, some of these molecules act as cleanup crews that remove that pollution. The main molecules responsible for breaking down all these emissions are called oxidants.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
17.05.2017
Bumblebee populations higher in Detroit than in some less-urbanized areas; vacant lots could be a factor
Bumblebee populations higher in Detroit than in some less-urbanized areas; vacant lots could be a factor
ANN ARBOR'A new study of native bumblebee populations in southeastern Michigan cities found, surprisingly, that Detroit has more of the large-bodied bees than some surrounding, less urbanized locations. The University of Michigan students who conducted the study suspect that the large amount of vacant or idle land in Detroit may boost the bumblebee population by providing nesting sites and flowers for food.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
17.05.2017
Arctic countries adopt David Lodge’s invasive species plan
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed a comprehensive environmental agreement May 11 among eight nations that adopted the first Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) strategy and action plan authored by scientists including the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future's David Lodge.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
17.05.2017
David Lodge’s contributions part of Arctic species plan
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed a comprehensive environmental agreement May 11 among eight nations that adopted the first Arctic Invasive Alien Species (ARIAS) strategy and actio
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
16.05.2017
Opinion: How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future
Opinion: How an open approach to patents could help build a sustainable future
Are strict IP policies harming the development of sustainable technologies' In this article for The Conversation , Frank Tietze from the Institute for Manufacturing investigates how the open source approach taken by companies such as Tesla may help the economy and the planet.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
15.05.2017
What can lost underwater lands tell us about climate change?
Underwater lands that were submerged following the last Ice Age could yield vital clues about our current approach to climate change.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
15.05.2017
Gladiator games: Biodiversity can offer protection to weaker species
If you pit a pair of gladiators, one strong and one weak, against each other 10 times, the outcome will likely be the same every time: The stronger competitor will defeat the weak. But if you add into the field additional competitors of varying strength levels, even the weakest competitors might be able to survive - if only because they're able to find a quiet corner to hide.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Social Sciences
15.05.2017
Code of conduct needed for ocean conservation, study says
Code of conduct needed for ocean conservation, study says
A diverse group of the world's leading experts in marine conservation is calling for a Hippocratic Oath for ocean conservation - not unlike the pledge physicians take to uphold specific ethical standards when practicing medicine.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
15.05.2017
Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming
Varied increases in extreme rainfall with global warming
A new study by researchers from MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich shows that the most extreme rain events in most regions of the world will increase in intensity by 3 to 15 percent, depending on region, for every degree Celsius that the planet warms. If global average temperatures rise by 4 degrees Celsius over the next hundred years, as many climate models predict given relatively high CO2 emissions, much of North America and Europe would experience increases in the intensity of extreme rainfall of roughly 25 percent.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
15.05.2017
How cities can prepare for the future
How cities can prepare for the future
Research news What measures are needed to make cities "green" and get them ready for the future? An interdisciplinary team at the Centre for Urban Ecology and Climate Adaptation of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is conducting research on these questions.
Chemistry - Environment/Sustainable Development
12.05.2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
A new process has the potential to enable 720,000 tonnes of biodiesel to be produced each year from spent coffee grounds Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water.
Environment/Sustainable Development
12.05.2017
Negribreen on the move
Negribreen on the move
Rapid acceleration of an Arctic glacier over the past year has been detected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites.
Environment/Sustainable Development
11.05.2017
Pioneering community energy storage project in Nottingham connects its first household battery storage system to the grid
A revolutionary community energy storage project is being commissioned in The Meadows area of Nottingham where the first household battery storage unit has now been installed.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.05.2017
Get outdoors this summer and spot a bee
Researchers at Cardiff University are asking the public to help them find out if the city's green spaces are becoming an oasis for bees.
Business/Economics - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.05.2017
Budget may have unpleasant bite
Budget may have unpleasant bite
A budget that could return to bite us on the backside – that's what a senior University of Queensland economist and political scientist makes of the Australian Government's 2017/18 financial strategy.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Agronomy/Food Science
09.05.2017
Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington
Shrubs, grasses planted through federal program crucial for sage grouse survival in Eastern Washington
The sage grouse is an exceptionally showy bird and an icon of the American West. But its sagebrush habitat is disappearing, and there is debate over how best to protect the populations in an increasingly developed landscape. A new study by University of Washington, state and federal researchers analyzed sage grouse in Eastern Washington and showed a surprisingly large benefit from a federal program that subsidizes farmers to plant year-round grasses and native shrubs instead of crops.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
09.05.2017
Protecting life’s tangled ecological webs
Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction. In a paper published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution , researchers from McGill University and University of British Columbia have developed a new theory to understand how complex ecological networks will reorganize in the future.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.05.2017
Book: The Evolution of Beauty
YaleNews features works recently or soon to be published by members of the University community. Descriptions are based on material provided by the publishers.
Environment/Sustainable Development
09.05.2017
Paris 1.5°C target may be smashed by 2026
Global temperatures could break through the 1.5°C barrier negotiated at the Paris conference as early as 2026 if a slow-moving, natural climate driver known as the  Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO)  has, as suspected, moved into a positive phase. New research published in Geophysical Research Letters by University of Melbourne scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science shows that a positive IPO would likely produce a sharp acceleration in global warming over the next decade.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.05.2017
Plans for habitat and wildlife conservation need to consider the risk of Lyme disease
Lyme disease – an infection contracted from the bite of an infected tick– is an important emerging disease in the UK, and is increasing in incidence in people in the UK and large parts of Europe and North America. A new study, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, found that some types of conservation action could increase the abundance of ticks, which transmit diseases like Lyme disease.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.05.2017
ANU works with China and other superpowers on fusion energy
We are focusing on fusion materials research and plasma diagnostic development, to better understand how containment materials behave in the extreme environment of a fusion reactor.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
08.05.2017
Alaska tundra source of early-winter carbon emissions
New research finds carbon dioxide emitted from northern tundra between October and December has increased 70 percent since 1975 Warmer temperatures and thawing soils may be driving an increase in emissions of carbon dioxide from Alaskan tundra to the atmosphere, particularly during the early winter, according to a new study from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) , NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Environment/Sustainable Development - Careers/Employment
08.05.2017
Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone
Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone
Imverse, an EPFL spinoff, has developed a software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2D into 3D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
08.05.2017
What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests
What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) A new technique makes it possible to cost-effectively analyse genetic material from fossil plant and animal remains. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the universities of Lausanne and Bern have used this technique to examine the DNA of silver fir needles found in lake sediment in Ticino.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Careers/Employment
08.05.2017
Immersive virtual-reality software for everyone
Immersive virtual-reality software for everyone
Imverse, an EPFL spinoff, has developed software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2D into 3D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Architecture
07.05.2017
MIT opens its energy-use data to the MIT community
MIT opens its energy-use data to the MIT community
MIT has launched a new website in beta form, making available a broad swath of detailed information about energy use and carbon emissions on campus.
Media - Environment/Sustainable Development
05.05.2017
Federal Budget 2017: UQ experts available for media
University of Queensland experts are available to comment on issues around the budget. Journalists can contact the following experts below or search by topic or name at UQ Experts.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
04.05.2017
Scientists scan horizon for future invasive species challenges
Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices.
Environment/Sustainable Development
04.05.2017
Believe you can stop climate change and you will
If we believe that we can personally help stop climate change with individual actions – such as turning the thermostat down – then we are more likely to make a difference, according to University of Warwick research Individuals' motivation to prevent climate change is negatively affected by climate change helplessness – belief that climate change is out of our personal control, so our actions will make no difference But those w
Environment/Sustainable Development
04.05.2017
Vehicle fuel economy at highest level in a year
ANN ARBOR'Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. continued to rise in April, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.05.2017
Calling all experts
Calling all experts
The Innovation exchange - Fuel the future is organised in the frame of the unique ESA Grand Challenge Initiative.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
03.05.2017
What a warming planet means for mosquito-borne diseases
A new analysis by Stanford researchers reveals that the ideal temperature for the spread of mosquito-born diseases like dengue, chikungunya and Zika is 29 degrees C. This finding helps predict disease outbreaks in a warming world. As temperatures rise with climate change, mosquito season extends past the summer months in many parts of the world.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
02.05.2017
Slag heaps could help pull carbon from the atmosphere
A Cardiff University scientist has been awarded £300k to lead a project looking into possible global warming intervention strategies using slag heaps. It is estimated that waste material could be used to pull 90 to 155 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere over the next century.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.05.2017
Deadly environment harming kids
A University of Queensland and World Health Organisation (WHO) research collaboration has found that many of the most common causes of childhood death are preventable.
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