DNR weekend reading: What will climate change do to apples? and other stories

Toandos Peninsula
View from the southern end of the Toandos Peninsula looking south down Hood Canal. Photo: DNR.

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

Scientific AmericanClimate Change Threatens Crunchy, Tart Apples

A 40-year study of Japanese apple orchards has found that global warming is producing softer — but sweeter — apples. The work, published in Scientific Reports, joins a growing body of research that describes how changes in climate are affecting iconic foods

University of Illinois: Wetlands more cost-effective in nutrient removal

Removing nitrogen from the environment “the natural way” by creating a wetland is a long-term, nutrient-removal solution. Creating new wetlands may be more cost effective than upgrading wastewater treatment plants, but offering landowners multiple payments for the environmental services that flow from such wetlands may not be socially beneficial,according to a new study.

Science Daily: World’s Most Vulnerable Areas to Climate Change Mapped

Using data from the world’s ecosystems and predictions of how climate change will impact them, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and Stanford University have produced a roadmap that identifies the world’s most vulnerable and least vulnerable areas due to climate change.

Princeton University: Earth’s Wobble ‘Fixes’ Dinner for Marine Organisms

The cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis controls the production of a nutrient essential to the health of the ocean, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The discovery of factors that control this nutrient, known as “fixed” nitrogen, gives researchers insight into how the ocean regulates its own life-support system, which in turn affects the Earth’s climate and the size of marine fisheries.

Seattle TimesA dozen rare bumblebees found in Mount Hood National Forest

A six-week survey of bumblebee species in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest has produced an encouraging find — a dozen of the increasingly rare western bumblebees. Once common pollinators in the West, western bumblebees mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascade Mountains about 15 years ago.

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