DNR weekend reading: CO2 absorbing forests; sparring sparrows; five-point plan to feed the world and other stories

Potato harvest on a section of DNR-managed state trust land near Othello, in Eastern Washington. Potatoes generate the most income per acre of any of the irrigated row crops grown on state trust land. Photo Dale Warriner/DNR.

Here are some articles for your weekend reading about science, the environment and other topics:

Science Daily: Future Forests May Soak Up More Carbon Dioxide Than Previously Believed
North American forests appear to have a greater capacity to soak up heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas than researchers had previously anticipated. They could help slow the pace of human-caused climate warming more than most scientists had thought, a University of Michigan ecologist and his colleagues have concluded.

Science Daily: Bird Song-Sharing Like Verbal Sparring
While singing the same songs as your neighbours may sound harmonious, research conducted at Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) suggests that song-sharing amongst song sparrow populations is actually an aggressive behavior, akin to flinging insults back and forth.

University of Minnesota-Institute on the Environment: International Team Crafts Plan for Feeding the World While Protecting the Planet
An international team of scientists has unveiled a five-point plan that they say would double food production by 2050 while reducing the global environmental impact of agriculture to sustainably feed the estimated 9 billion to 10 billion people expected on the planet later this century.

U.S. Energy Information Administration: Global Energy Consumption to Grow 53 Percent by 2035, Report Says
A new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that worldwide energy consumption will surge 53 percent between 2008 and 2035, with China and India accounting for about half of the growth.


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