DNR weekend reading: Northwest forests store CO2; Alaskan tundra fires release more of it

Historic bridge in Capitol State Forest

A DNR forester conducting a cultural resource assessment in Capitol State Forest near Olympia (Wash.) checks out a bridge used in early 20th Century logging operations. Photo: Tiffany Reed/DNR.

Here are some articles about science and the environment selected by DNR for casual reading on this last weekend in July:

Science Daily: World’s Forests’ Role in Carbon Storage Immense, Research Reveals
Until recently, scientists were uncertain about how much and where in the world terrestrial carbon is being stored. A new study suggests that forests account for almost all of the world’s land-based carbon uptake, illustrating their critical role in Earth’s terrestrial carbon balance.

Science Daily: Tundra Fires Could Accelerate Climate Warming
After a 10,000-year absence, wildfires have returned to the Arctic tundra, and a University of Florida study publish in the journal Nature indicates that their impact could extend far beyond the areas blackened by flames.

 The ColumbianStudy: Saving owls and salmon also stores carbon
Researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State University found that reducing timber production by more than 80% on national forests in western Washington, Oregon and Northern California since 1994 turned those forests into a carbon sink for the first time in decades.

New Scientist: The afterlife of our electronic waste
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tagged a variety of technological trash — old computer monitors, televisions, etc. — with GPS chips and tracked it across the globe.

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