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How to kill the Gulf's dead-zone zombie

Photo: elycefelizCross-posted from Cool Green Science. Like sequels to a bad zombie movie, the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico keeps coming back every summer. This time -- according to a new NOAA report -- it covers 6,765 square miles, exceeding the size of Connecticut. But what is the "dead zone," exactly? Why should we care? What can we do about it, and are proposed budget cuts in federally funded conservation programs going to make doing something about it even harder? (You can probably guess the answer to that last question.) What it is: When excessive nutrients in the …

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Why wasting food wastes nature, too

Waste not, want not: In order to meet global food demand, we should decrease food waste instead of expanding agriculture.Photo: Christoph LupprichCross-posted from Cool Green Science. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations finds that globally, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted. But why is that bad news -- and potentially good news -- for nature? First, the bad news: Agriculture is the dominant way people use land, covering about 12 billion acres, roughly 36 percent, of the Earth's land surface -- and conversion of land to agricultural …

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