Nov 21 2014

Corals may benefit from moderately acidic seas

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A new study compiled by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Northeastern University reveal that moderate increases in ocean acidification and warming surprisingly appears to benefit corals, while extreme changes harm them. This research was recently published in this month’s issue of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. For more information: http://uncnews.unc.edu/2014/11/14/corals-may-benefit-moderately-acidic-seas/.

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Nov 10 2014

“Saturation: the art of water in our lives” event on Nov. 13

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A Drink for Tomorrow presents “Saturation: the art of water in our lives” hosted by SAMple Gallery. Come out on Thursday November 13 at 8:00 PM to the 2nd floor of Hanes Art Center. There will be food and drinks from Med Deli alongside paintings, photography, sketches, and multimedia works by award-winning student and community artists featuring water-related topics. Bring your friends! Entry is free!

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Nov 09 2014

NC Sea Grant/NC WRRI Fund New Research Projects

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One of three 2014 projects funded by a joint grant from North Carolina Sea Grant and the North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, UNC-TV and the Institute for the Environment at UNC will partner to create “Drought Resilience: An Integrative Project”, a collection of video and online modules that educate audiences about water resources management and conservation. Lucy Laffitte, UNC-TV, is the principal investigator. Michele Drostin, Dana Haine and Kathleen Gray, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment, are co-principal investigators. For more information: http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/blog/news/nc-sea-grantnc-wrri-fund-new-research-projects/.

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Nov 09 2014

Video recap of Christine Klein lecture on Mississippi River

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Author of the recently-published Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster, Professor Christine Klein discussed her book at the UNC School of Law on October 30, 2014. Professor Klein, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, along with co-author Sandra Zellmer, has written a riveting account of disaster and how choices and policy affect our exposure to disaster. For more information: http://vimeo.com/110581059.

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Nov 09 2014

Characklis invited to attend National Academy of Sciences event

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Greg Characklis, professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to participate in the U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, the National Academy of Science’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists, on Nov. 16-19 in Irvine, California. An interdisciplinary research team led by Characklis was recently awarded a $2.2 million National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to develop innovative strategies to sustainably meet future water demands in the Southeastern U.S. For more information: http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/characklis-invited-to-attend-national-academy-of-sciences-event/.

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Nov 03 2014

2015 Nexus Conference Abstract Deadline extension

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The Water Institute at UNC and collaborators are hosting the Nexus 2015: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 15-17 in Chapel Hill, NC. The deadline for submitting abstracts and proposals for side events for the 2015 Nexus Conference has been extended to November 10, 2014. For more information: http://nexus.unc.edu/.

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Nov 03 2014

Clean Business

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The Water Institute is collaborating with the International WaterCentre, Monash University, University of the South Pacific and Live and Learn on a new project funded by the Australian Government to inform the development of sustainable, demand-driven water and sanitation services. The project was recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information: http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/research/current-projects/dfat-sanitation/.

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Nov 03 2014

Fracking in North Carolina

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A WUNC Public Radio panel discussion on fracking in light of state laws passed earlier this year lifting the ban on the practice. Kathleen Gray, Director of the Environmental Resource Program and a lecturer at the Institute for the Environment at UNC, is a featured panelist during this conversation. For more information: http://wunc.org/post/fracking-north-carolina.

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Oct 20 2014

Data sharing made easy

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Funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute), HydroShare is a web-based collaborative environment that allows hydrologists and other scientists studying water-related issues to easily upload data from their research projects, add metadata about the data files, and contribute related links, papers and source data. For more information: http://renci.org/news/data-sharing-made-easy/.

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Oct 20 2014

Scientist: Careful management of stormwater runoff needed

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In a recent speech at the Duke Marine Lab, Dr. Michael Piehler, an Associate Professor of Marine Sciences and Environmental Scienes & Engineering at UNC’s Institute for Marine Sciences in Morehead City, commented that scientists, regulators, developers and environmentalists need to be careful not to over-manage and create new problems as solutions to stormwater runoff are pursued. For more information: http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/carolina_coast_online/news/coastal_issues/article_29423540-5476-11e4-aa78-b37e9a970273.html?TNNoMobile.

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