The Daily Climate on ranching Susan Moran reports from Colorado to illuminate how the changing environment is making life difficult for ranchers, who are facing a drought that has made their operation "untenable." Though they may not "call it climate change," the ranchers have taken measures including selling breeding cattle, liquidation, and purchasing alternative feeds as the natural food sources for cattle have dried out. Moran writes: "many are scrambling to adapt—or make themselves more resilient—to a future of greater uncertainty and risk. Their survival kit consists of a mixture of emerging cattle-breeding technology, sustainable rangeland and farmland practices, and new business plans."
The New York Times on cellulosic biofuels Matthew L. Wald reports that two companies say "they are very close to beginning large-scale, commercial production" on cellulosiac biofuels, made from agricultural waste and and "even household garbage." Wald writes that while both plants "are far smaller than typical oil refineries, but commercial production at either one—or at any of several of the plants that are a step behind them—would be a major milestone in renewable energy."