WARNING: There’s a really gross story in this Cool Green Morning THAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESIST IF YOU CONTINUE READING. (Oh, and it’s not the one about how Arctic peat is contributing to climate change, although that is really odd.) OK, you’ve been warned…
- Too Crabby: Saving the shorebird known as the red knot (which feasts on Delaware Bay’s horseshoe crab eggs) means curtailing horseshoe crab harvests, says a new study in BioScience. (Note: The Conservancy does a lot to conserve red knot migratory habitat on the U.S. Atlantic coast.)
- Exquisite Corpses? Towns in Sweden and Britain are now burning cremated bodies — human and animal — for heat.
- Neither Still Nor Sparkling: The “war on bottled water” makes TIME magazine’s top 10 food trends of 2008. (Hat tip: WaterWired.)
- Does Sarah Know About This? Alaska has more ambitious renewable-energy goals than California — because the price of fossil fuel is so high up there, reports the New York Times. (Hat tip: Green Inc.)
- 25 x 20: Meanwhile, two U.S. senators have introduced a bill to make 25 percent of U.S. energy renewable by 2020.
- My, How You’ve Grown: A senior scientist for the International Panel on Climate Change says that global warming is happening faster than just two years ago. Michael Lemonick at Yale Environment 360 goes into incredible depth on why facts are the ground are outrunning climate change modeling.
- A Side of Coal Slaw With That? The Obama administration will support a treaty to limit global mercury emissions, says The Vine — which is bad news for coal-fired power plants and good news for tuna sandwiches. (I’ll let them explain.)
- Re-Peat: Here’s something else to blame for climate change: swaths of peat across the Arctic tundra that don’t have snow cover. (They’re releasing nitrous oxide, a pretty potent greenhouse gas.)
(Image: Red knot at Virginia Coastal Reserve, Virginia, wearing satellite transponder for monitoring migration. Credit: Barrry Truitt/TNC.)
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