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Making sense of climate scenarios: Toolkit for decision-makers launched

(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) To make climate scenarios work for decision-makers, an international team of researchers developed a comprehensive interactive online platform. It is the first of its kind to provide the tools to use those scenarios — from climate impacts to mitigation and energy options — to a broader public beyond science.

Smart farms of the future: Making bioenergy crops more environmentally friendly

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Farmers have enough worries — between bad weather, rising costs, and shifting market demands — without having to stress about the carbon footprint of their operations. But now a new set of projects by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could make agriculture both more sustainable and more profitable.

National Park Service rolls out clever social distancing posters

As national parks around the U.S. begin a phased approach to reopening, visitors expecting the usual warnings to keep a safe distance from wildlife are now being encouraged to do the same with each other. The contagious threat of COVID-19…

Loggerhead sea turtles host diverse community of miniature organisms

(Florida State University) An international team led by Florida State University researchers found that more than double the number of organisms than previously observed live on the shells of these oceanic reptiles, raising important questions about loggerhead sea turtle ecology and conservation.

Accreditation for Online Science Days 2020 and Online Sciathon 2020

(Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings) Accreditation for Online Science Days 2020 and Online Sciathon 2020- Programme / Topics now Public at science-days.org and sciathon.org- Accreditation at lindau-nobel.org/press- Manifold Ways to Access Online Activities / Contact Participants- Hashtags for Social Media #LINOSD and #Sciathon

Coastal engineers: ‘Thinkers’ facing rising seas

(World Scientific) This timely book offers a compendium of design alternatives to reduce coastal flood and wave damage, erosion, and loss of ecosystems resulting from rising seas. A design ‘philosophy’ for water levels to year 2050 and to 2100 is included. Today’s designs must mitigate today’s storm damages and be adaptable for the unpredictable water levels and storms of the future. Online students and engineers working from home can opt for the e-book edition.

Ocean waves play a critical role in shaping our economy, weather and climate

(World Scientific) Leading international researchers share their latest research on ocean wave dynamics. Topics covered include both traditional fields of research for wind-generated waves: air-sea interaction, nonlinear processes, dissipation, extreme value analysis, and those gaining importance more recently: connection of waves with large-scale processes such as ocean mixing and climate. Modern methods for wave research: phase-resolving and spectral wave modelling, satellite remote sensing are also included.

How do birds understand ‘foreign’ calls?

(Kyoto University) New research from Kyoto University show that the coal tit (Periparus ater) can eavesdrop and react to the predatory warning calls of the Japanese tit (Parus minor) and evokes a visual image of the predator in their mind

COVID-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality

(American Geophysical Union) Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant — ground-level ozone — has increased in China, according to new research.

Waiting game: testing the patience of predators and prey

(Kyoto University) A new report from Kyoto University shows that freezing in action when a snake and frog face off is not about fear but rather a delicate waiting game of patience, with each animal waiting for and anticipating its opponent’s actions.