Pond Scum and Other Miracles of Science
I don’t know about you, but thinking about climate change makes my head hurt. It’s just soooo complicated.
The whole carbon-footprint thing, for example. Is it better to eat a non-organic, local tomato than an organic one from Florida? Should I drive with the windows down and the a/c off above 50 mph? What about eating with a compostable fork and knife? Shouldn’t that corn be used to feed people instead?
You know the drill.
It’s bad enough that, thanks to global warming, all those beetles are chewing through trees in
Then we find out that
No wonder the governor wanted to get out of Wasilla and hit the campaign trail with McCain.
And then the good folks at
First it was carbon. Then it was methane. Now it’s nitrogen. Oh, and guess what? Tons and tons and tons of nitrogen are being released from … that’s right: the thawing permafrost.
But not to worry. Just when it looks like all is lost, word comes from the
Pond scum. Algae. You know, the green stuff that floats on top when fertilizer runs off into the pond. The stuff that blooms like Mao’s hundred flowers when water has too much nitrogen. Which, of course, is the major ingredient in fertilizer.
According to the Charlottesville research team, algae can generate 15 times more oil per acre than other plants used for biofuel, such as corn or switchgrass. Take that,
So does that mean all we have to worry about is methane? Where’s