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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Joe Fargione is the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy's North America region.