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Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
Extreme weather events provide window for scientists studying Amazon climate change
Extreme weather events in the Amazon Basin are giving NASA-funded scientists an opportunity to predict the impacts of climate change and deforestation on ecological processes and ecosystem services of the Amazon River wetlands.
NASA

Contact: Leandro Castello
leandro@vt.edu
540-231-5046
Virginia Tech

Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
Global research possibilities expand as IISD assumes operation of Canada's famed 'Experimental Lakes'
Canada's famed 'Experimental Lakes Area' -- one of Earth's only whole-lake laboratories -- has enabled studies that today underpin phosphate, mercury, acid rain and other fundamental environmental legislation worldwide. Now, thanks to a group of agreements announced today, not only will the 58 northern Ontario lakes remain available for global scientific research, the scope of experimentation is expected to expand under the new stewardship of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
International Institute for Sustainable Development

Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
2014 Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research IACUC Conference
Study reveals animal research bias in experimentation oversight committee membership
Committees that are federally mandated to review, approve, and monitor the use of animals in experiments -- called Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) -- are dominated by animal research interests, according to a study presented today at the 2014 Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research IACUC Conference in Denver.
PETA, University of California -- San Diego School of Medicine

Contact: Tasgola Bruner
tasgolab@peta.org
404-907-4172
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
NASA caught Tropical Cyclone Hellen's rainfall near peak
When Tropical Cyclone Hellen was near the 'peak of her career' NASA's TRMM satellite picked up on her popularity in terms of tropical rainfall. Hellen was a very heavy rainmaker in her heyday with heavy rain rates.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Not so dirty: Methane fuels life in pristine chalk rivers
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found that naturally high concentrations of the greenhouse gas methane contributes to energy production in chalk rivers, in a new study published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Contact: Neha Okhandiar
n.okhandiar@qmul.ac.uk
020-788-27927
Queen Mary, University of London

Public Release: 1-Apr-2014
Environmental Research Letters
Warm North Atlantic Ocean promotes extreme winters in US and Europe
The extreme cold weather observed across Europe and the east coast of the US in recent winters could be partly down to natural, long-term variations in sea surface temperatures, according to a new study published today.

Contact: Michael Bishop
michael.bishop@iop.org
01-179-301-032
Institute of Physics

Public Release: 31-Mar-2014
Wallace scholarship for women geoscientists awardees announced
The American Geosciences Institute congratulates the latest recipients of the Wallace Scholarship for women in geoscience at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Florida.
American Geosciences Institute

Contact: Maureen Moses
mmoses@agiweb.org
703-379-2480
American Geosciences Institute

Public Release: 31-Mar-2014
Tropical Cyclone Hellen makes landfall in Madagascar
Tropical Cyclone Hellen made landfall in west central Madagascar as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead capturing temperature data on its towering thunderstorms.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 31-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Oxygen depletion in the Baltic Sea is 10 times worse than a century ago
The Baltic Sea is suffering from a lack of oxygen. Poor oxygen conditions on the seabed are killing animals and plants, and experts are now sounding the alarm -- releasing fewer nutrients into the Baltic Sea is absolutely necessary.

Contact: Jacob Carstensen
jac@dmu.dk
45-26-70-13-87
Aarhus University

Public Release: 31-Mar-2014
Emergency management in Arctic: Experts offer 7 key recommendations
Inadequate risk assessment, planning and training are among the gaps in many parts of Canada's Arctic, compounding the challenges of brutal weather, vast distances, difficult transportation and spotty communications and exposing the region's residents to ever-increasing risks of disasters and emergencies, a new report says. Experts identify seven key recommendations and priorities synthesized from a series of regional hearings and a national roundtable hosted by the Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program.

Contact: Terry Collins
tc@tca.tc
416-538-8712
Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program

Public Release: 30-Mar-2014
Nature Communications
The Atlantic Ocean dances with the sun and volcanoes
Natural fluctuations in the ocean temperature in the North Atlantic have a significant impact on the climate in the northern hemisphere. These fluctuations are the result of a complex dance between the forces of nature, but researchers at Aarhus University can now show that solar activity and the impact of volcanic eruptions have led this dance during the last two centuries.

Contact: Mads Faurschou Knudsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
mfk@geo.au.dk
45-61-30-79-81
Aarhus University

Public Release: 28-Mar-2014
Marine Environmental Research
More male fish 'feminized' by pollution on the Basque coast
Members of the Cell Biology in Environmental Toxicology group have discovered evidence of 'feminization' of male fish in the estuaries of Gernika, Arriluze, Santurtzi, Plentzia, Ondarroa, Deba and Pasaia. The first cases -- 2007-2008 -- were detected in Urdaibai, and the most recent data confirm that they are also taking place in other estuaries. Pollutants acting as estrogens are responsible for this phenomenon which, among other changes, is causing ovocytes to appear in male fish.

Contact: Oihane Lakar Iraizoz
o.lakar@elhuyar.com
34-943-363-040
Elhuyar Fundazioa

Public Release: 28-Mar-2014
Nature Geoscience
Great earthquakes, water under pressure, high risk
Water trapped in the boundary between both plates has a dominant influence on the earthquake rupture process.

Contact: F.Ossing
ossing@gfz-potsdam.de
49-331-288-1040
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Helmholtz Centre

Public Release: 27-Mar-2014
BioScience
Natural history dying of neglect
Natural history provides essential knowledge for human wellbeing, yet its research, use and instruction in academia, government agencies and non-government organizations is declining drastically. Simon Fraser University ecologist Anne Salomon is among 17 authors of a new paper that claims this decline in the developed world could seriously undermine the world's progress in research, conservation and management.

Contact: Carol Thorbes
cthorbes@sfu.ca
778-782-3035
Simon Fraser University

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
New database features 710,000 natural history records from Canadian Museum of Nature
A new, free open-access database has opened the collections of Canada's national natural history museum, with 710,000 specimen records available at nature.ca. These cover about 22 percent of the museum's overall collection of plants, animals, fossils and minerals, which have been collected over more than 150 years.

Contact: Dan Smythe
dsmythe@mus-nature.ca
613-566-4781
Canadian Museum of Nature

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
NASA catches Gillian as a super-cyclone before quickly dissipating
Tropical Cyclone Gillian was near peak intensity when the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite passed overhead and saw towering thunderstorms and very heavy rainfall in the storm on March 23.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
Diversity and Distributions
Study shows invasive species in waterways on rise due to climate change
One of the most serious threats to global biodiversity and the leisure and tourism industries is set to increase with climate change according to new research by Queen's University Belfast.
Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Contact: Claire O'Callaghan
c.ocallaghan@qub.ac.uk
028-909-75391
Queen's University Belfast

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
PLOS ONE
Scientists identify core skin bacterial community in humpback whales
In a paper published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and colleagues identified a core skin bacterial community that humpback whales share across populations, which could point to a way to assess the overall health of these endangered marine mammals.
WHOI Marine Mammal Center

Contact: Media Relations Office
media@whoi.edu
508-289-3340
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
BioScience
Natural history must reclaim its place
A group of scientists argues in the April BioScience that the study of natural history has waned in recent decades in developed countries. Declining course requirements and support for herbaria are among the documented evidence. Yet costly mistakes in policy relating to natural resources, agriculture, and health might have been avoided by paying attention to organisms' natural history, and future policies will be improved if natural history knowledge is used and expanded. New technologies offer ways to increase natural history research partnerships.
National Science Foundation, University of Washington, Prescott College, Walker Chair in Natural History, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Contact: Jennifer Williams
jwilliams@aibs.org
703-674-2500 x209
American Institute of Biological Sciences

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
PLOS ONE
Humpback whale populations share core skin bacterial community
Humpback whales share a simplistic skin bacterial community across populations.

Contact: Kayla Graham
onepress@plos.org
415-590-3558
PLOS

Public Release: 26-Mar-2014
PLOS ONE
Cuvier's beaked whales set new breath-hold diving records
Scientists monitored Cuvier's beaked whales' record-breaking dives to depths of nearly two miles below the ocean surface and some dives lasted for over two hours.

Contact: Kayla Graham
onepress@plos.org
415-590-3558
PLOS

Public Release: 25-Mar-2014
PLOS ONE
SU biologists use sound to identify breeding grounds of endangered whales
Susan Parks, assistant professor of biology, says the article confirms what many conservationists fear -- that Roseway Basin, a heavily traveled shipping lane, off the coast of Nova Scotia, is a vital habitat area for the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Contact: Keith Kobland
kkobland@syr.edu
315-443-9038
Syracuse University

Public Release: 25-Mar-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Sensing gravity with acid
While probing how organisms sense gravity and acceleration, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Utah uncovered evidence that acid (proton concentration) plays a key role in communication between neurons. The surprising discovery is reported this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Contact: Diana Kenney
dkenney@mbl.edu
508-289-7139
Marine Biological Laboratory

Public Release: 25-Mar-2014
NASA satellite sees wind shear whipping Tropical Cyclone Gillian
A visible image from NASA's Aqua satellite provides a clear picture that wind shear is responsible for weakening the once mighty Tropical Cyclone Gillian from hurricane to tropical storm strength.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 25-Mar-2014
NASA sees remnants of TD04W dissipating in South China Sea
The remnants of Tropical Depression 04W moved away from Palawan and into the South China Sea on March 25 as NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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