Friday, June 13, 2008

Greenhouse gases are no laughing matter

I know that global warming is a serious problem. I know that the struggle to lessen greenhouse gas emissions creates a lot of tension among environmentalists, scientists, politicians and businessmen. But, pardon me, I still cracked up when I read this piece from the newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity.

    Saving the Climate, One Cow Belch at a Time

    Anyone who's been on a farm knows livestock can be gassy. But did you know they're greenhouse-gassy? Cows, sheep, and other cud-chewers produce about 20 percent of the world's methane—a leading greenhouse gas—when they burp… and, uh… fart.

    This is especially distressing for farmers in New Zealand, which aspires to be the first carbon-neutral nation (but also has a lot of livestock). Luckily, researchers in the country are figuring out the genetics behind cattle's methane problem, and they've almost come up with a vaccine against it. And just this week Japanese scientists announced that oil found in cashew shells, when mixed in livestock feed, could cut the animals' methane emissions by 90 percent.

    The Center for Biological Diversity applauds these efforts. And we're so glad polar bears don't burp methane.

    Hear more about the cashew-nut cure from Reuters UK and learn about New Zealand's pickle in the Los Angeles Times.



Louis la Vache said...

Yeah yeah yeah. The "Global Warming" idiots are picking on "Louis' and his relatives now...

Where's the Glove Warming? Did you know that the actual average global temperature is slightly lower now than it was ten years ago? Did you know that many of the "Global Warming" doomsayers are the same ones who were telling us 30 years ago that we are on the cusp of the next ice age?

It seriously aggravates "Louis" how this Global Warming bunk has been sold to the public - and Global Warming 'prophets' like Al Gore are making millions off of it with their carbon credits scheme. Al Gore lives in a 20,000 square foot home that consumes as much energy as TWENTY typical family homes. Yet President Bush, whom so many people love to excoriate, lives in one of the most ecologically-friendly homes in the country when he is at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

OK. "Louis" will end his mini-rant now....

"Louis" thanks you for your kind comments about his s H a K y S h O t. For this next "ABC Wednesday", stop by for "Visions from Hell!" He will check out your tripod tip!

newschennainews said...

A day will come when a persona will stand accused for breaking wind. :)