DNR weekend reading: More nighttime heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and other news

Lupine in SW Washington
Lupine blooms on a two-year-old replanting of red alder on state trust land in southwest Washington. Photo:
Florian Deisenhofer/DNR.

Here are links to articles about recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics:

University of Washington: Nighttime heat waves quadruple in Pacific Northwest

Although it is unlikely to draw much sympathy from people who live in warmer regions of the country, the Pacific Northwest is seeing an increase in the number of nighttime heat waves.

Science DailyExtreme Wildfires in Western U.S. Likely Fueled by Climate Change
Climate change is likely fueling the larger and more destructive wildfires that are scorching vast areas of the American West, according to new research led by Michigan State University scientists.

Oregon State University: Global Warming to Cut Snow Water Storage 56 Percent in Oregon Watershed

By the middle of this century, the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed of the Oregon Cascade Range may be 56 percent lower on average. Other low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world may experience similar declines if projected temperature increases occur.

University of Illinois – Urbana/Champagne: Most Flammable Boreal Forests in North America Become More So

A 2,000-square-kilometer zone in the Yukon Flats of interior Alaska — one of the most flammable high-latitude regions of the world, according to scientists — has seen a dramatic increase in both the frequency and severity of fires in recent decades.

NatureWarming climate drives human conflict
A growing body of research suggests that small changes in temperature and rainfall substantially increase the risk of many types of conflict, from interpersonal spats to full-blown civil war and societal collapses.

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