DNR weekend reading: Salmon, bears, earthquakes, CO2 and the Olympics

Mount Rainier
Stay cool with this view of Mount Rainier on the last day of July 2012 as seen by DNR staff inspecting the Hancock Kapowsin Tree Farm east of Seattle. Photo: Venice Goetz & Chris Conklin/DNR.

Here are selected articles from science journals and other sources to peruse for your DNR weekend reading:

NOAA: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people
Earth’s oceans, forests and other ecosystems continue to soak up about half the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities, even as those emissions have increased,

Green (New York Times): Q. and A.: Greening the London Olympics
From sustainable timber to recycled steel pipes, planners sought sustainable ways of creating the venues for the games.

Science Daily: Bears, Scavengers Count On All-You-Can-Eat Salmon Buffet Lasting for Months
Preserving a landscape of various types of watersheds serves not just salmon, it provides an all-summer buffet that brown bears, gulls and other animals need to sustain themselves the rest of the year.

Seismological Society of America: Major Recent Earthquakes Across the Globe Probably Not Linked
Are large earthquakes linked across the globe? A new analysis by US Geological Survey scientists concludes that the cluster of large earthquakes since 2004 is likely the result of random chance, not because the earthquakes were “communicating” to each other.

Columbia University: Pulling CO2 From Air Vital To Curb Global Warming, Say Researchers
Emerging techniques to pull carbon dioxide from the air and store it away to stabilize the climate may become increasingly important as the planet tips into a state of potentially dangerous warming,  researchers from Columbia University’s Earth Institute argue in a paper out this week.