DNR weekend reading: World’s largest underwater observatory will be off Washington’s coast, and other news

pack animals in Capitol State Forest
Pack animals helped haul gravel used to prepare trails in Capitol State Forest for the start of the motorized trail-use season in May. Photo: Diana Lofflin/DNR.

Here are links to articles about natural resources, climate, energy and other topics  published recently by universities, scientific journals, organizations, and other sources:

KUOW-earthfix: Getting Ready For World’s Largest Underwater Observatory
The Regional Cabled Observatory is a $239 million project, funded by the National Science Foundation, that will place monitoring devices off the coast of Oregon and Washington to better understand and monitor the depths of the Pacific Ocean – from volcanic eruptions to deep-sea earthquakes that could lead to tsunamis.

National Science Foundation: Cutting Specific Atmospheric Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise
With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of four heat-trapping pollutants–methane, tropospheric ozone, hydrofluorocarbons and black carbon–that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily forestall the rate of sea level rise by roughly 25 to 50 percent. 

 Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: Streams stressed by pharmaceutical pollution
Pharmaceuticals commonly found in the environment are disrupting streams, with unknown impacts on aquatic life and water quality, reports a new paper that highlights the ecological cost of pharmaceutical waste and the need for more research into environmental impacts.

University of California, Santa Barbara: Climate Change, Wine Production and Wildlife Conservation 
A recently published study suggests that shifting grape-growing regions as a result of a warming climate will lead to competition between agriculture and habitat in America’s wild places. By going north or to higher altitudes in search of optimal growing conditions, wine growing could intrude on habitat favored by caribou, grizzly bears and other mountain species and have far-reaching implications for conservation.