California’s winter snow pack is dangerously low this January, leading to series concerns of droughts this year. The water from this snow pack creates 65% of the state’s water and some hydroelectric power.
The largest land owners in the US own 33 million acres, or 1.5% of all the land in the country. Most of these families are in forestry or ranching. The largest land owner, John Malone, has holdings the size of Puerto Rico.
The the global chicken population has exploded since 1970, with over 20 billion chickens living in 2010. Their numbers have increased 262% since 1970.
–from Mother Jones
North American oil production, dark green in the chart, has been undergoing explosive supply growth since 2010. Between the new extraction methods used in the US and continued expansion of the Alberta tar sands in Canada, the supply and extraction technology coming from North America will change the global oil market radically over the next five years. Consider the following quote from the International Energy Agency’s press release accompanying this graph:
“The supply shock created by a surge in North American oil production will be as transformative to the market over the next five years as was the rise of Chinese demand over the last 15, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its annual Medium-Term Oil Market Report (MTOMR) released today.”
–from Business Insider and the International Energy Agency
WSJ with very concerning graphic and article about air pollution spikes in Beijing.
Latest data from US is out and no sign of lowering. Much of increases in Midwest. From Wonkblog.
Data and chart from Economist makes it seem very likely that temperatures are going to increase.
Nice overview from Earth Policy Institute of the global fish picture, including context for the wild vs. farmed perspective. Wild seems holding steady, but farmed growing dramatically. What this doesn’t show is wild fish stocks as well as the “sustainability” of farmed fish production.