DNR weekend reading: Conservation success, tree rings, solving ‘energy poverty’ and more

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A deer at DNR's Northeast Region offices in Colville, Washington. Photo: Marian Long/DNR.

Here are some articles on science, energy and the environment for your weekend reading enjoyment. Don’t forget that DNR’s statewide burn ban is still effect for all nonfederal forestland in Washington State. Please be careful where recreation campfire are permitted and when motoring or using tools in the outdoors this weekend.

Science Daily: Following the Trail of Conservation Successes
A new study shows that although large-scale biodiversity declines are ongoing, certain conservation actions have made a positive difference.

Science Daily: Tree Rings Reveal Forest Fires from Hundreds of Years Ago
Like clues from an Agatha Christie mystery novel, trees can provide secrets about past events, and their rings are especially good at providing information about fires, some of which happened hundreds of years ago, according to studies from a Texas A&M University researcher. One tree examined had endured 14 fires in its lifetime.

Scientific American: How do we solve energy poverty?
Each year, human civilization consumes some 14 terawatts of power, mostly by burning coal, oil and natural gas. But that 2,000 watts per person isn’t equally distributed. Roughly two billion people lack reliable access to modern energy and largely rely on burning charcoal, dung or wood for light, heat and cooking.

Green (N.Y. Times): Off the Grid, Where the Living Is Good
Craig Leisher, senior social science adviser for the Nature Conservancy, attempts to live off the grid in the Maine woods for a year. As of August, things were going well… but he still has a Maine winter, spring and black fly season to go through.

environment360: In Berlin, Bringing Bees Back to the Heart of the City
In Germany’s capital — and in cities as diverse as Hong Kong and Chicago — raising bees on rooftops and in small gardens has become increasingly popular, as urban beekeepers find they can reconnect with nature and maybe even make a profit.

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