Here are the top environmental links folks are Digging today:

The Daily Telegraph: "George W Bush moves to protect ocean reefs, fish and volcanoes"

— Diggers picked out this Telegraph article from today's widespread coverage of Bush's historic marine preserve, which includes coral reefs, atolls and the Mariana Trench. At 195,000 square miles, it will be the largest protected area in the world. (See today's Morning Briefing for more on Bush's "blue legacy.")

• CleanTechnica: "Dead People Will Provide Heat to Crematorium Facilities"

— A crematorium in the Swedish town of Halmstad plans to start warming its buildings with recycled heat from cremations, and may eventually start piping the heat out to local residents, who have approved the idea. And if this makes dead Swedes spin in their graves, I'm sure we can figure out a way to generate heat from that, too. 

• The Daily Green: "True or False? The EPA Wants to Tax Cows"

— The recent hubbub over a "cow tax" on methane emissions from livestock was mostly hot air, according to an article from FactCheck.org reposted this week on The Daily Green. The EPA never made a proposal about taxing methane and says it couldn't even enforce such a regulation. Proactive farm lobbyists apparently seized on a July memo seeking public comment on the idea, and preemptively "controlled the story" by blowing it out of proportion.

• ScienceDaily: "Biofuel Development Shifting From Soil To Sea, Specifically To Marine Algae"

— Oceanic algae, the most productive photosynthesizers on Earth, are gaining new attention as an alternative to both fossil fuels and other, more land- and water-intensive, biofuels, such as ethanol. (See yesterday's Last Call for more on marine and microbial biofuels.)

• CleanTechnica: "Inventor Wants to Geo-Engineer a Planetwide 'Refrigerator'"

— An inventor has proposed fighting global warming by spraying gigatons of seawater high into the air near arid or windy coastal sites, a project that a Stanford climate scientist says might actually work, cooling the planet 1 degree Fahrenheit every 30 years.

Russell McLendon 

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