DNR weekend reading: ‘High-tech’ trees, ecosystem cost-analysis methods, and more

One of the several UH-1H ('Huey') helicopters that DNR operates to suppress wildfires.
One of the several UH-1H (‘Huey’) helicopters that DNR operates to suppress wildfires. Although the official fire season in Washington State begins April 15, more than 20 wildfires have already occurred on lands protected by DNR. 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:

Oregon State University: Trees go high-tech: Process turns cellulose into energy storage devices
A fundamental chemical discovery should allow tress to soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices. A method has been discovered to turn cellulose — the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees –- into the building blocks for cheaper and more environmentally friendly supercapacitors.

Bournemouth University: Putting a price on ecological restoration
Researchers at BU have shown that placing a monetary value on ecosystem services, such as timber, food and water, provides a useful mechanism to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of reforestation and other ecological restoration activities.

North Carolina State University: Where credit is due: How acknowledging expertise can help conservation efforts
A group of scientists is calling for conservation researchers to do a better job of publicly acknowledging the role of local experts and other non-scientists in conservation biology.

environment360: Soil as Carbon Storehouse: New Weapon in Climate Fight?
The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture and other development has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. But new research shows how effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change.

Coventry University: Health benefits of ‘green exercise’ for kids shown in new study
Children who are exposed to scenes of nature while exercising are more likely to experience health-enhancing effects after activity, according to a study published recently in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

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