Discovered: Paul Ryan is right—sea levels aren't dropping; "hurry, eat oysters," say oyster conservationists; pediatricians offer organic advice; how will A123 Systems' bankruptcy affect electric cars?
Paul Ryan slips up, cites correct climate change research. Paul Ryan has been known to deny human involvement in climate change, but today he accidentally found himself saying something correct about global warming. As Ryan himself said today, sea levels aren't getting any lower. "The ocean hasn’t shrunk," Ryan quipped on CBS, attempting to send up Obama's "horses and bayonets" line from the debates. "You still have to have enough ships to have the footprint that you need ... to keep our strength abroad where it needs to be." He was trying to talk about military preparedness but, read a certain way, his comments say more about climate change. Because, as Vanity Fair's Juli Weiner points out, he's right! The oceans haven't sunk. They have risen drastically due to global warming, a fact that Ryan has usually chosen to side-step. [Vanity Fair]
To save the oysters, we must eat them. You wouldn't expect scientists trying to boost the oyster population in England to urge people to eat more oysters. But upping market demand for this seafood delicacy is the only way to bring the UK's native oyster beds back to sustainable levels, says Cambridge biologist Philine zu Ermgasse and her colleagues. Researchers estimate that oyster beds near London have diminished up to 99 percent since the Victorian era. "There are a suite of benefits that oyster beds bring," says zu Ermgassen. "From the USA we have good evidence that if you improve oyster beds, you see an increase in fish stocks." To reap those benefits, conservation efforts have to be paired with responsible yet widespread oyster consumption, she says. "Some people seem to be advocating that we shouldn't eat native oysters - we wouldn't agree with that at all because we need to have an economic rationale for the beds." [BBC News]