We’ve got some meaty topics for you today (um, literally). And yes, we know it is Monday morning, so if you need to take the easy way out, start with this report on the gorgeous fall foliage bursting across Maine. Then buck up and dig in to our top Cool Green News links below.
- Over at The New Republic, Daniel Pauly takes a long look at the sorry state of fish in our oceans, leading off with this great opener: “Our oceans have been the victim of a giant Ponzi scheme…”
- Need another reason to go vegetarian? A new study predicts that as the planet warms, cuts of meat will deterioriate – pork chops will become soggy and pale, steak dark and smellly (sounds appealing, heh?). The reason is that meat quality is influenced by whether an animal experiences heat stress. (Hat-tip: The Vine.)
- The tiny island nation of Palau is now home to the world’s first shark sanctuary. The challenge will be in enforcing protection — the country only has one patrol boat to cover 237,000 square miles.
- Planting roofs with greenery is great for a number of reasons — saving energy and improving biodiversity — but a new study shows green roofs could have another benefit, too: sequestering carbon.
- New environmental laws are having unexpected consquences – Elisabeth Rosenthal reports in The New York Times about the growing business of illegal exportation of waste to poor countries.
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Tags: carbon sequestration, Daniel Pauly, Elisabeth Rosenthal, fisheries, green roof, illegal waste exportation, New Republic, New York Times, ocean conservation, Palau, shark sancutary, The Vine, vegetarianism