Category: Science News


Educators—It’s April and Earth Day is around the corner. Join us for the momentous launch of the inaugural Climate Education Week April 18th-25th! Earth Day Network has released a free toolkit to assist educators in instructing the basics and importance of climate change.

As part of its 50th Anniversary Lectureships scheme, Lancaster University is looking to make several new appointments to its Data Science Institute. Four positions are aimed at applied data science, such as the environment, which could include working with atmospheric and climate models and observations.

General details of the scheme are available at:
The aim is to appoint early career scientists with encouragement as a cohort to develop rapidly towards rapid promotion and leadership.
Excellence and potential are more important than subject area, so if you working within “Big Data” or related areas then you are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 20th February 2015
Further information
Contact Keith Bevan ( for informal enquiries, or Paul Young ( or Nick Hewitt ( to talk informally about atmospheric/climate applications

In December 2015, the Ecological Society of America will celebrate a big birthday: 100 years since the first group of botanists and zoologists, parasitologists, geologists, physiologists, and marine biologists gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to unite their shared interest in the relationships of the great diversity of living organisms to each other and their surroundings.

To kick off our centennial year, we are asking ecologists to tell us about the ideas and discoveries that have had the biggest influence on the field over the last century – and why.

A few folks have taken up the question on their blogs, arguing for concepts, tools, or events as diverse as food webs, quantification of natural selection, advent of biological field stations, trophic cascades, the modern synthesis, systems ecology, succession, the development of statistical standards of evidence, and the conservation movement of the mid-twentieth century.

Others are discussing the question on twitter under hashtag #ESA100.

I have a roundup of the current discussion on ESA’s blog at

What’s your pick for the biggest milestones in ecology of the last 100 years?

Aloha dear friends,

Please join us on a panel discussion on how to live sust-{AINA}-bility:

The Chaos of sust-{AINA}-bility
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
5 PM to 7:30 PM
Halau o Hamea, Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa Campus
$6 parking (carpooling or other sustainable transportation means are encouraged)
Mea ai for the kino & soul will be served (bring reusable plates/cups/utensils)

What is sustainability? Why sust-AINA-bility? Is there a point of no return? Are we doing enough? Come with questions and open heart to listen to real people share their sustainability stories on pathways of food sovereignty, energy independence, and zero-waste consumption.

This event is open to the public. Keiki are welcomed.

*Brought to you by Hawaiian Islands Science, East-West Center Participants Association, and Pan-Pacific Association with support from COSEE-IE

RSVP on FaceBook:
Points of contact: Lelemia (HISCI),;
Geejay (PPA),;Ritz (EWCPA),; Jonathan (EWCPA),


HISCI Cafe 10 Dec 2014 Sustainability

Cool Read.

I would like to draw your attention to my recently launched crowd-funding campaign to find foraging areas of nesting loggerheads using trace elements <> . The campaign is being supported by INSTRUMENTL (, a recent web platform that funds women in STEM. They are focusing on projects with small budgets, up to $5,000 dollars and dedicate their time an effort to one campaign at a time. This is a great and alternative way to obtain funding for graduate students and young scientists as well as a good opportunity to get the public interested in scientific research.

If you can help me disseminate this information, I will truly appreciate it.

Best regards,

Melania Lopez

Melania C. López Castro, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
Trophic Ecology and Sea Turtle Research Lab
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University at Galveston



Wastewater management and water reuse have become increasingly important due to rapid population growth, industrialization and the on-going water crisis in certain areas of the Asia-Pacific region. Against this backdrop, this Conference serves as an important platform to gather water professionals from all over the world to share technical expertise and solutions in wastewater management and water reuse; and to foster potential international cooperation. It will allow for the exchange of views and experiences on best practices and innovative technologies amongst relevant policymakers, operational experts and researchers from governments, international organizations, institutions and industry.



We are inviting abstracts to be submitted for any of, but not limited to, the following conference topics –

Collection Systems

Municipal Wastewater Treatment

Industrial Wastewater Treatment, including Mining and Petro-Chemical Industries

Decentralized and Natural Systems, Small Communities

Water Reclamation and Reuse

Nutrient Management

Residuals and Biosolids Management

Odors and Air Emissions

Energy Production, Conservation, Optimisation and Management

Facility Operations and Maintenance

Utility Management

Modelling, GIS, Computer Applications, Instrumentation, and Automation

Sustainability, Climate Change (including greenhouse emission), and Resource Recovery

Selected submissions may be offered expedited review and early publication in the Water Environment Federation journal, Water Environment Research. This provides a rare opportunity for publication of research in a well-known and respected peer-reviewed journal.



31 October 2014 – Abstract submission deadline

19 January 2015 – Notification of acceptance

1 May 2015 – Full paper submission deadline


This Conference is jointly organised by the Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore, the Water Environmental Federation and Centre for Water Research, and supported by PUB, the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.


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Tomorrow: Join us on Twitter for a Live Q&A on Greenland Ice Sheet Modeling


Tomorrow, Thursday 10/23 at 11am MDT, 1pm EDT, sign in to Twitter to join in the conversation about the Greenland Ice Sheet, climate change and sea level rise with Los Alamos National Lab’s Ice Sheet Modeling Team.

A few points the Team will address on Thursday include:

  • The first direct observations of multiple components of the plumbing system beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet and how it relates to ice flow.
  • How the team identified when a clear climate change signal in Greenland surface conditions, due to human influence, should emerge from natural variability.
  • The modeling of sea level rise from Greenland melting over next 200 years: ~3 inches but unresolved processes could increase this number.
  • Why reversing the climate will not stop sea level rise –  Most of sea level rise from ice sheets is “committed” long before it happens.
  • And the upcoming public release of two new ice sheet models from the LANL Ice Sheet Team.

Tweet your questions, comments or thoughts to @LosAlamosNatLab using #IceSheetChat.

Click here <> to read more about the how new models are helping advance our understanding of the Greenland Ice Sheet’s meltwater channels.

Read more at:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the third edition of a report, ‘Climate Change Indicators in the United States.’ The report pulls together observed data on key measures of our environment, including U.S. and global temperature and precipitation, ocean heat and ocean acidity, sea level, length of growing season, and many others. With 30 indicators that include over 80 maps and graphs showing long-term trends, the report demonstrates that climate change is already affecting our environment and our society.


The third edition of the Indicators report, which was last published in 2012, adds additional years of data and four new indicators: Lyme disease, heating and cooling degree days, wildfires, and water level and temperature in the Great Lakes. In addition, the report adds four new features that connect observed data records to local communities and areas of interest, including cherry blossom bloom dates in Washington D.C., timing of ice breakup in two Alaskan rivers, temperature and drought in the Southwest, and land loss along the mid-Atlantic coast.


EPA compiles decades of observed data in cooperation with a range of federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and other institutions. The Indicators report focuses on long-term trends for key measures of our environment for which high-quality data exist. Each indicator and the report itself were peer-reviewed by independent experts, and extensive technical documentation accompanies the report.


To order a FREE copy of the report, send a request with your mailing address included to

More information about the Climate Change Indicators report: