How Buildings Contribute to Urban Heating during Heat Waves

A bottom-up approach quantifies the contributions of human-caused heating from building energy The Science Previous research has found that heat waves and urban heat island effects reinforce each other’s effects. These heat islands are concentrations of buildings, paved areas, and other surfaces that absorb and retain heat. Emissions of heat from buildings are an important part of this heat island…

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Avatar Against Food Waste

A digital twin for citrus fruits Newswise — On the way from the place of production to the consumer’s plate, about one third of all food worldwide spoils. One reason is unfavorable storage conditions along production and supply chains, including suboptimal storage at home. Researchers at Empa’s Biomimetical Membranes and Textiles laboratory in St. Gallen have been working for some…

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A 50% Reduction in Emissions by 2030 Can be Achieved. Here’s How

Energy analysts pooled their knowledge to provide recommendations to fulfill the United States’ climate pledge Newswise — The United States has set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50% by 2030. Are we on track to succeed? A new study by a team of scientists and policy analysts from across the nation suggests that there are…

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Gulf of Mexico Loop Current Forecasts a Devastating Run of Hurricanes; Where and When Not Clear

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Marine scientists and climate experts have sounded an alarm ahead of this year’s hurricane season: the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current, an area of warm water that begins its journey in the Caribbean, is looking a lot like the 2005 model. As such, they’re forecasting another devastating parade of intense storms.   Joseph Kuehl, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the…

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) Receives Lighthouse Award and Becomes a Water Safety Champion at the National Water Safety Conference

After record breaking drowning numbers in 2021, aquatics professionals, public health and safety officials, parents and federal representatives came together to share strategic ideas and to rally support for the reauthorization of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. FT. WORTH, Texas /PRNewswire/ — Over 300 water safety advocates gathered in person and virtually, at the 21st annual National Water Safety…

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Skydiving salamanders live in world’s tallest trees

Salamander living in redwoods is able to maneuver in freefall, suggesting adaptation to living at heights Newswise — Salamanders that live their entire lives in the crowns of the world’s tallest trees, California’s coast redwoods, have evolved a behavior well-adapted to the dangers of falling from high places: the ability to parachute, glide and maneuver in mid-air. Flying squirrels, not…

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Noisy jackdaw birds reach “consensus” before taking off

Newswise — On cold, dark winter mornings, small black crows known as jackdaws can be heard calling loudly to one another from their winter roosting spots in the U.K. before taking off simultaneously right around sunrise. Now, researchers who’ve studied their daily activities in unprecedented detail report evidence that these groups of hundreds of individuals rely on a “democratic” decision-making…

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Gene-edited tomatoes could be a new source of vitamin D

Newswise — Tomatoes gene-edited to produce vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, could be a simple and sustainable innovation to address a global health problem.       Researchers used gene editing to turn off a specific molecule in the plant’s genome which increased provitamin D3 in both the fruit and leaves of tomato plants. It was then converted to vitamin D3 through exposure…

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Light pollution can disorient monarch butterflies

Even a single light can throw off the butterfly’s internal compass, UC biologists say Newswise — Besides planting milkweed in the garden, people interested in helping monarch butterflies might want to turn off the porch light. Biologists at the University of Cincinnati say nighttime light pollution can interfere with the remarkable navigational abilities of monarchs, which travel as far as…

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How a cognitive bias is blocking the rise of electric cars

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A UNIGE team shows that underestimating battery autonomy is a major psychological barrier to buying an electric car. Newswise — What are the barriers to the adoption of electric cars? Although the main financial and technological obstacles have been removed, their market share still needs to increase. In a recent study, a team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) investigated…

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