Man's best friend may also be man's best accomplice in degrading our natural environment. Don't let Fido fool you with those puppy-dog eyes -- behind that furry facade is a cold-blooded carbon emitter. OK, that might be stretching it, but your pet's carbon pawprint is probably larger than you think. We're not barking mad -- take a look at the stats. A medium-sized dog eats about 360 pounds of meat annually -- more than the average American human, who consumes about 200 pounds (and that's still a lot). "Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the …
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Stephanie Herbst is an editorial intern at Grist.