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Some cool ideas mixed into the standard spate of not-so-great news about the world around us. Maybe that guy in the bunker under my house isn’t so off-base after all… well, except for the parts about never showering and stealing my cable. (Hi, Uncle Melmo! Put the cheese back in the fridge.)
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- How do you figure out how much plastic is in the ocean? Miriam Goldstein at Deep Sea News gives some interesting info on the big garbage patch and shatters the hopes of people like me that the plastic can just be “filtered out”. Technology can’t solve everything… uh, yet.
For every 1000 grams (2 lbs) of plastic bits we removed from the water, we took out 731 grams (1.6 lbs) of ocean life, primarily zooplankton and baby fish. That’s a lot of critters, particularly since life is relatively sparse in the North Pacific Gyre. Remediation schemes will have to be sure that they are not causing more damage than they’re solving.
- Why Some Meteorologists Still Deny Global Warming Chris Mooney at Mother Jones gives a good explanation of why so many climate change skeptics come from the ranks of the weather guys.
Far from undermining the scientific consensus on climate change, then, the new study could be said to strengthen it, by defining who’s a relevant expert in the first place. “You listen to the scientists who really know the field in question,” says George Mason’s Neil Stenhouse, a Ph.D. student and the study’s lead author. “And previous studies show that if you ask the scientists who really know climate change, there is high consensus on human causation.”
- Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don’t Suck? Sydney Brownstone, also at Mother Jones, gives us an update on the quest to have eggs without tortured chickens and burgers that don’t taste like… not burgers. I’m excited about these advancements, because my omnivore guilt keeps growing, but I still want to see a stevia-based cola that I’ll actually want to drink. Get on that, Silicon Valley.
These new products are not the Boca Burgers of the ’90s, thinly concealed soy loaves designed to make vegetarians feel less ostracized at a barbecue. Rather, these entrepreneurs are determined to realign plant proteins into tasting and feeling exactly like meat. The goal is not a slightly improved Tofurky—it’s a product that could trick even the most discerning of steak eaters.
Climate and Environment
- Scott K. Johnson (Ars Technica) with Your questions about the new IPCC climate change report answered
- Miriam Goldstein (Deep Sea News) with How do you figure out how much plastic is in the ocean?
- Ben Schiller (Co.Exist) with Ranking Countries For Climate Change Performance–And Why The U.S. Is Just 43rd
- Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan (Gizmodo) with Oil Companies Could Create Dozens of Toxic Lakes In Alberta
- Charlie Jane Anders (io9) with Why did this invasive species suddenly take over Maine’s coastline?
- Molly Redden (Mother Jones) with The EPA’s Bold New Agenda
- Chris Mooney (Mother Jones) with Why Some Meteorologists Still Deny Global Warming
- Jane J. Lee (National Geographic News) with Mysterious Deaths Threaten a Population of Southern Right Whales
- Jesus Diaz (Sploid) with Shocking before and after photos show the effects of climate change
- Todd Woody (The Atlantic) with Here’s a Climate Change Fix: a Giant Solar Power Plant on the Moon
- John Timmer (Ars Technica) with Anti-GMO crop paper to be forcibly retracted
- Maggie Koerth-Baker (Boing Boing) with Building a better soy burger
- Carey Polis (Books on HuffingtonPost.com) with 10 Common Food Terms That Have Lost All Meaning
- Mark Wilson (Co.Design) with How To Make The World’s Healthiest Pizza
- Ariel Schwartz (Co.Exist) with 3 Ideas To Save The Seafood Industry Of The Future
- Adele Peters (Co.Exist) with These Urinals Turn Pee Into Fertilizer For Local Food
- Sydney Brownstone (Mother Jones) with Can Silicon Valley Make Fake Meat and Eggs That Don’t Suck?
- Matt Connolly (Mother Jones) with Timeline: A Short and Sweet History of Fake Meat
- Ghost in the Machine (Observation Deck) with Raise your own delicious bugs [Video]
- Sean Gallagher (Ars Technica) with Charged with theft, man arrested for plugging car into school’s outlet
- Máté Petrány (Jalopnik) with Mitsubishi Only Sells 12 i-MiEV Electric Cars, Drops Price $6,000
- Wired: The Window: Piecing Together a Power Plant With Salt, the Sun, and 10,000 Mirrors [Video]