Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers including Ezra Markowitz, Environmental Conservation, have found that about 40 percent of adults worldwide have never heard of climate change. This rises to more than 65 percent in some developing countries. The results indicate that to be most effective, climate-related messages must be tailored to public awareness and perceptions specific to each nation, as published in Nature Climate Change. Blue & Green Tomorrow, Science Newsline, International Business Times, Life Sciences World, news release

In a new assessment of nine climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center, and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) annually sequestered in tundra and boreal ecosystems of Northern Eurasia, a vast, understudied region of the world, as published in Biogeosciences (PDF). Rawlins also identified a trend among the nine models that shows the region’s land carbon sink has been strengthening in recent decades, drawing in more carbon than expected but lately showing signs of weakening. Phys.org, news release

Mary C. Owen, UMass Extension, was featured in the July issue of SportsTurf, the official publication of the national Sports Turf Managers Association, in a department called The Interview.

Alumnus Jack Buckley has been named the new director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He is also a former project leader at the Massachusetts Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UMass Amherst that studies the endangered shortnose sturgeon. The Outdoor Wire

A team of researchers at UMass Amherst and Texas A&M University is developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. Paul R. Sievert, Environmental Conservation, will direct the UMass Amherst project. His CNS colleagues include Elizabeth Dumont, Biology, and Zara Dowling, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate and part of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and a $62,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Republican, WFCR, Daily Hampshire Gazette, WNPR, Boston Herald, Washington Times, San Antonio Express-News, Fox 25, The Day, WPRI-TV, Hydrogen Fuel News, news release