DNR weekend reading: Cities look to ‘green infrastructure’ to control pollution while saving money

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A DNR firefighter working on a wildfire takes a break from the front lines in the shade of a small cave. Photo: Charley Burns/DNR

This weekend’s installment of DNR Weekend Reading provides links to recently published articles and studies from science journals, blogs and websites

environment360.com: With Funding Tight, Cities are Turning to Green Infrastructure
From Seattle to Sweden, an ever-growing number of city and regional governments are using roof gardens, specially designed wetlands, and other forms of “green infrastructure” to rein in pollution from countless diffuse sources — and to save money.

environment360.com: Arctic Tipping Point: A North Pole Without Ice
Scientists say this year’s record declines in Arctic sea ice extent and volume are powerful evidence that the giant cap of ice at the top of the planet is on a trajectory to largely disappear in summer within a decade or two, with profound global consequences.

USDA Agricultural Research Service: No-Till Farming Helps Capture Snow and Soil Water
A smooth blanket of snow in the winter can help boost dryland crop productivity in the summer, and no-till management is one way to ensure that blanket coverage, according to new research.

Futurity: Climate puts the squeeze on bird, squirrel habitat
Two new studies provide a clearer picture of why some species move in response to climate change, and where they go.

Science Daily: Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws
Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps didn’t predict massive quakes. Developing better hazard maps and alerting people to their limitations could potentially save lives and money in areas such as the New Madrid, Missouri fault zone.

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