The Stream, August 17: Invasive Species in Lake Michigan

Has Lake Michigan become unfishable? The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the lake is now “a liquid desert” as overfishing and the invasive quagga mussels have decimated its fish population.

High global food prices and price volatility have compounded the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, according to the World Bank Group’s latest Food Price Watch report.

Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Africa Program, answers some of the critical questions about the famine in East Africa.

U.S. hydropower output varies dramatically from year to year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. See the numbers.

More than 2,000 people gathered outside Australia’s Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday to protest against government plans to introduce a carbon tax scheme, Associated Press reported. The unpopular policy will see big polluters, including coal miners, steel firms, airlines and aluminum manufacturers, pay a A$23 (US$24) tax on every metric ton of carbon gas produced starting in July next year.

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