DNR weekend reading: Earthquake acoustics can warn of tsunamis; big batteries for big cities; and other news

Blanchard Forest National Trails Day
With the breathtaking view of the San Juan Islands in the background, these volunteers were among the 93 people who helped out at the DNR-managed Blanchard Forest during National Trails Day last weekend. Photo: Roger Brock/DNR. CLICK PHOTO for larger image.

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

Stanford University: Earthquake acoustics can indicate if a massive tsunami is imminent
Scientists have identified key acoustic characteristics of the 2011 Japan earthquake that indicated it would cause a large tsunami. The technique could be applied worldwide to create an early warning system for massive tsunamis

Scientific American: Bright Lights, Big City–Big Battery
The needs for businesses and utilities to store energy in cities where they are located is turning urban areas into crucial proving grounds for energy storage technologies that will be vital components of a future electricity grid that relies on solar, wind and other renewable-but-variable energy sources.

The World Bank: Global Tracking Framework Puts Numbers to Sustainable Energy Goals
If combined with an expansion of renewable energy sources and improved efficiencies, bringing electrical power to the 1.2 billion people who still do not have access to it (and 2.8 billion who still rely on burning wood or other biomass for household fuel) would increase CO2 emissions by less than 1 percent, concludes a report by the World Bank and the United Nations.

University of California-Davis: Stranded orcas hold critical clues for scientists
Using the protocols of a standardized killer-whale necropsy system developed in 2004 will provide more data that can help scientists better understand the life history of the orca species and, ultimately, help improve the fate of the species.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: Research shows where trash accumulates in the deep sea
The problems of discarded trash in the ocean are not limited to beaches — large amounts of trash are accumulating in the deep sea, and the majority of it comes from land-based sources rather than boats and ships.

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