DNR Weekend Reading: Buff salmon, urban heat islands, greenhouse gas and more

Taylor Bridge Fire
Plane drops fire retardant on the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum, Washington. Photo: Richelle Risdon

Articles about newly published research and other reports from universities, foundations and other sources make up your DNR weekend reading:

Arizona State University: Researchers emphasize need for evaluation of tradeoffs in battling urban heat islands
A team of researchers from Arizona State University has found that painting buildings’ roofs white — one practical way to combat urbanization-induced warming – can disrupt the regional hydroclimate, highlighting the need for evaluation of tradeoffs associated with combating urban heat islands.

Duke University, Nicholas Institute: Destroyed Coastal Habitats Produce Significant Greenhouse Gas
Destruction of coastal habitats may release as much as 1 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a new Duke led study. The analysis provides the most comprehensive estimate of global carbon emissions from the loss of these coastal habitats to date.

Science Daily: Ecosystems Cope With Stress More Effectively the Greater the Biodiversity
Ecosystems with a high degree of biodiversity can cope with more stress, such as higher temperatures or increasing salt concentrations, than those with less biodiversity.

Science Daily: It Pays to Keep Salmon Fit: Salmon Farmers Could Save Big by Exercising Their Fish More — Without Overexerting Them
Salmon farmers could save huge sums by exercising their fish more. Researchers in Norway have tested various swimming exercise regimes for three years on salmon fry. The findings indicate that proper exercise can improve smolt health enough to significantly reduce losses at sea.

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