DNR weekend reading: Power for the gridless, bat-app, Aussie CO2 graveyard

burrowing owl
A burrowing owl keeps an eye on its burrow as a DNR ecologist collects data for a wetlands study in Douglas County, Washington. Photo: Rex Crawford/DNR.

Beautiful weather is expected on both sides of the Cascade Mountains this weekend, but if you are seeking some shade for a minutes, power up that web-enabled device, and check out these recent articles about science and the environment selected by DNR for your weekend reading.

Green (New York Times): Lighting the Hopes of the Gridless
A philanthropic group tries to marry financial capital with new energy technologies to introduce devices intended for the 1.4 billion people who live off the grid.    

Extinction Countdown (Scientific American): Want to Conserve Bats? There’s an App for That
Many smartphone applications are designed more for fun than substance (Angry Birds, anyone?), but a new app from the Zoological Society of London and the Bat Conservation Trust offers individuals and communities a chance to get involved in citizen science in a very real way and to help conserve bat populations in the process.

Science Daily: Teeming With Life, Pacific’s California Current Likened to Africa’s Serengeti Plain
Like the vast African plains, two huge expanses of the North Pacific Ocean are major corridors of life, attracting an array of marine predators in predictable seasonal patterns, according to final results from the Census of Marine Life Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project

New Scientist: Paying our respects at a CO2 graveyard
In Nirranda South, three hours south-west of Melbourne, where there are more cows than people, Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) is testing carbon capture and storage technology.

Map of CO2 capture and storage projects in the United States

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