DNR weekend reading: Use more wood, not less, for a cleaner environment

Blanchard Forest recreation area
A rare sunny day in March at the Blanchard Forest recreation area, which is managed by DNR. Photo: Hyden McKown/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:

Yale University: Increasing Wood Usage: An Environmental Win-Win
Contrary to popular belief, the best way to use wood is not simply to leave the vast majority of it alone. A paper co-authored by faculty from the University of Washington and a Yale University graduate student suggests that the ideal course is more active: harvesting a much higher percentage of new growth either for raw building materials or for burning as a source of fuel.

University of Missouri: Small Biomass Power Plants Could Help Rural Economies, Stabilize National Power Grid, MU Study Finds
University of Missouri researchers have found that creating a bioenergy grid with power plants small enough to fit on a farm could benefit people in rural areas of the country as well as provide relief to an overworked national power grid.

University of California-San Diego: Number of Days Without Rain to Dramatically Increase in Some World Regions
By the end of the 21st century, some parts of the world can expect as many as 30 more days a year without precipitation, according to a new study by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researchers.

Linköping University (Finland): Wastewater becomes biogas
Wastewater from pulp and paper mills contains large volumes of organic material that can be converted into biogas, according to findings by researchers from Water and Environmental Studies (WES) at Linköping University, who are conducting several pilot trails.

Umea University (Sweden): Not even freezing cold stops alien species in high altitudes
Harsh and cold climates don´t seem to stop alien plants from establishing themselves in high altitudes, where they now successfully penetrate the alpine vegetation,

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