OK, so where did that month go? All we have is this moment, my friends — and its green news of weird sustainable houses, fertilizing the ocean with iron, and green alternatives to the iFart. Read on, and seize the day:
- There’s the Beef: Cattle ranching is responsible for nearly 80 percent of the Amazon’s deforestation, according to a Greenpeace report relayed by Mongabay.
- Is This a Good News/Bad News Thing? James Lovelock (who invented the Gaia Hypothesis) says that climate change will kill 90 percent of the world’s human population by 2100. (Hat tip: Red Green and Blue.)
- Evil Energy: A Roman Catholic bishop in Canada tells his flock that tapping Canadian oil-sands “cannot be morally justified” — continuing a recent Church trend of framing environmental issues in moral terms.
- Climate Change — Yes, We Can: A new report lays out the minimum changes it will take to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius — and corporate blogger Marc Gunther says they’re doable. (Hat tip: Environmental Economics.)
- They Can’t Go Alone: Green Inc. reports that anti-poverty activists say developing countries need cash to adapt to climate change — but they’re not getting it.
- Stowaways: Climate change and air travel patterns are shifting invasive species hotspots, says a new study in the journal Ecography.
- The H2O Crisis Is Our Fault²: “Are we running out of water or just screwing up what we have?” asks WaterWired.
- I Couldn’t Live There: Check out this very weird zero-energy home in Kuala Lampur.
- We Need to Iron This Out: Could fertilizing the ocean with iron help stop climate change? The debate is molten hot, reports Wired Science.
(Image: Cattle grazing in Rio Canoas, Brazil. Credit: Julio Pantoja/World Bank under a Creative Commons license.)
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