Hi, TreeHuggers. Here's what's new over at Mother Jones' Blue Marble blog:
Meat Production Set To Double by 2050: A new report offers insights into meat's environmental impact. A key finding: The livestock sector, including feed production and transport, is responsible for about 18 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (the beef, pork and poultry industries emit large amounts of CO2, methane, and other greenhouse gases).
A Setback for Iron Fertilization?: A major species of poisonous phytoplankton--one whose toxin is dangerous to fish, birds, ocean mammals, and humans (think tainted shellfish)--produces far more of its nasty stuff after it is exposed to iron. Not great news for advocates of a geoengineering technique that uses iron to create carbon-devouring phytoplankton blooms.
Nation Split on EPA Climate Regs: Which states think the EPA should continue with its legal obligation to regulate planet-warming emissions?
Save the Newts from the Internet: An investigation into the black market trade of Kaiser's spotted newts--a highly endangered amphibian native to Iran--revealed 10 websites claiming to stock the species. One Ukrainian company claimed to have sold more than 200 wild-caught specimens in a single year.
Feds Call Out the Climate Bucket Brigade: A White House report released on Tuesday found that federal, state, and local governments aren't adequately prepared for the future consequences of global warming--or even the environmental changes that they are already experiencing.
Will Health Care Reform Help or Hinder a Climate Bill?: Could passage of the bill actually do more to screw up the chances of passing climate and energy legislation? Lindsey Graham--the only Republican actively engaging with Democrats on climate--warns that moving health care without Republican support may ruin hopes for future bipartisanship.
Econundrum: Eco-Friendly Fur?: The nutria, an invasive species in the southeastern US, is destroying large swaths of bayou and destabilizing levees. One fashion designer thinks she's found a solution.