DNR weekend reading: Storing CO2, googling fish catches, and other stories

Capitol State Forest near Olympia
Thanks to the many volunteers who donated their time, sweat, and muscle to trail maintenance and other projects, many hiking trails and other recreation opportunities remain open on DNR-managed state trust lands like Capitol State Forest near Olympia. Photo: DNR.

Here are links to articles about recent research, discoveries and other news about forests, climate, energy and other science topics gathered by DNR for your weekend reading:

Scientific American: A Vault for Carbon Dioxide
What if there was an easy way to take the carbon dioxide from coal power smokestacks and turn it back into a rock that would sit quietly, deep below the earth’s surface?

University of British ColumbiaGoogle Earth reveals untold fish catches
Large fish traps in the Persian Gulf could be catching up to six times more fish than what’s being officially reported, according to the first investigation of fish catches from space.as satellite imagery, to validate catch statistics and fisheries operations in general.

US Forest Service: Lowering Stand Density Reduces Mortality of Ponderosa Pine Stands
As trees grow larger in even-aged stands, competition develops among them. Competition weakens trees, as they contend for soil moisture, nutrients, and sunlight. Competition also increases trees’ risk to bark beetles and diseases, and subsequently leads to a buildup of dead fuels. A recent study considered if the onset of this risk could be determined.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: The lingering clouds
Scientist know that  pollution causes thunderstorms to leave behind larger, deeper, longer lasting clouds and now researcher have found why: pollution makes clouds linger by decreasing the size but increasing the lifespan of cloud and ice particles. The difference affects how scientists represent clouds in climate models.