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September 08, 2008

Effects of Bovine 'Burps' on Global Warming ~ Udderly ridiculous!


Argentine scientists are strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows Photo: REUTERS

Cow farts collected in plastic tank for global warming study

Scientists are examining cow farts and burps in a novel bid to combat global warming.

Experts said the slow digestive system of cows makes them a key producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide.

In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.

The Argentine researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country's total greenhouse emissions.

As one of the world's biggest beef producers, Argentina has more than 55 million cows grazing in its famed Pampas grasslands.

Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, said every cow produces between 8000 to 1,000 litres of emissions every day.

Methane, which is also released from landfills, coal mines and leaking gas pipes, is 23 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide.

Scientists are now carrying out trials of new diets designed to improve cows's digestion and hopefully reduce global warming. Silvia Valtorta, of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Investigations, said that by feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain "you can reduce methane emissions by 25 percent".


Greenhouse gassy cows - LOL

But ......but that's not all........why no there is more ...........look at this........

UN says eat less meat to curb global warming


Or ..Fight Global Warming One Steak or One Cheeseburger at a Time ....LOL --- Wild Thing

People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world's leading authority on global warming has told The Observer

Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.

His comments are the most controversial advice yet provided by the panel on how individuals can help tackle global warning.

Pachauri, who was re-elected the panel's chairman for a second six-year term last week, said diet change was important because of the huge greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental problems - including habitat destruction - associated with rearing cattle and other animals. It was relatively easy to change eating habits compared to changing means of transport, he said.

However, he also stressed other changes in lifestyle would help to combat climate change. 'That's what I want to emphasise: we really have to bring about reductions in every sector of the economy.'

Pachauri can expect some vociferous responses from the food industry to his advice, though last night he was given unexpected support by Masterchef presenter and restaurateur John Torode, who is about to publish a new book, John Torode's Beef. 'I have a little bit and enjoy it,' said Torode. 'Too much for any person becomes gluttony. But there's a bigger issue here: where [the meat] comes from. If we all bought British and stopped buying imported food we'd save a huge amount of carbon emissions.'

Tomorrow, Pachauri will speak at an event hosted by animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming, which has calculated that if the average UK household halved meat consumption that would cut emissions more than if car use was cut in half.

The group has called for governments to lead campaigns to reduce meat consumption by 60 per cent by 2020. Campaigners have also pointed out the health benefits of eating less meat. The average person in the UK eats 50g of protein from meat a day, equivalent to a chicken breast and a lamb chop - a relatively low level for rich nations but 25-50 per cent more than World Heath Organisation guidelines.


Wild Thing's comment.........

LOL but the Aussies will save the day. hahahhahahahha
Look at this......

Kangaroo farts could ease global warming

AUSTRALIAN ....scientists are trying to give kangaroo-style stomachs to cattle and sheep in a bid to cut the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, researchers say.

Thanks to special bacteria in their stomachs, kangaroo flatulence contains no methane and scientists want to transfer that bacteria to cattle and sheep who emit large quantities of the harmful gas.


Even farmers who laugh at the idea of environmentally friendly kangaroo farts say that's nothing to joke about, particularly given the devastating drought Australia is suffering.

See now we have nothing to worry about. LOL Sheesh these people are totally nuts.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 03:55 AM


This is so funny--there is enough weirdos and kooks out there to keep all the tree huggers busy for years and years-- ! Why don't they stop worrying about cow farts and worry about the real problems in the world?

Posted by: Cheryl Zee at September 8, 2008 08:15 AM

Guess I owe everyone an apology. I raised beef cattle for a number of years, Beefmasters and Longhorns. It was just a small herd, no more than 55 head, but that is 55,000 litres of methane a day. Funny, I had some friends who smoked visit my ranch and we never had a major explosion from the methane. Guess by UN reasoning we were just lucky.

This silliness just gets worse. I wonder if the "Greenie-Weenies" who worry about animal farts consider what America's methane levels must have been like when tens of millions of buffalo roamed the country. Or the giant dinosaurs? How much methane was raised and concentrated in one place at the Democratic floorshow in Invesco Field in Denver? How much second hand alchohol was released in the air when Ted Kennedy orated?

Posted by: TomR at September 8, 2008 11:01 AM

Now, why would the UN be opposed to this new alternative energy source?

Posted by: Trish at September 8, 2008 11:14 AM

No apologies necessary TomR...Beef, it's what's for dinner.

I never thought about those Buffalo herds that covered almost 3 states.

Posted by: BobF at September 8, 2008 01:18 PM

Sounds like a high priority item for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid when they return from their well-earned vacation. Someone should ask Barack Hussein Obama where he stands on a cow fart tax if it isn't above his pay grade.

Estonia Taxes Farmers for Cow Farts

Farmers in Estonia received their first "Cow Fart" tax demand on Monday.

Posted by: Les at September 8, 2008 02:08 PM

Well the only logical thing to do is to buy Beef and lots of it. Maybe if Nancy Pelosi shut her mouth we could save on air polution. I'd vote for that.

Posted by: Mark at September 8, 2008 03:42 PM

Cheryl, I agree I laughed so hard when I saw this, it is hysterical. They are such idiots.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 04:42 PM

Tom LOL you are so funny. I am thrilled you raised beef cattle, fantastic. What a great experience.

"I had some friends who smoked visit my ranch and we never had a major explosion from the methane"....we should let Al Gore know this. heh heh

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 04:46 PM

Trsh, hahaa exactly.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 04:48 PM

BobF, and thank God for them too, all that nice cattle.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 04:50 PM

Les, LMAO good one.

"Someone should ask Barack Hussein Obama where he stands on a cow fart tax if it isn't above his pay grade."

Oh wow, thanks for the link Les.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 04:54 PM

Mark, yes that would be an accompolishment if we could get Pelosi to shut her mouth. hahaha I hope we can one day, I can't wait for that day when she steps down and out of office.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 8, 2008 04:56 PM

I remember reading of a study of methane emissions in Europe some time ago, after the fall of the Soviet block and in the early days of the global warming hoax and anti-cow hysteria. The hypothesis was that manure spread on fields was a significant source of the methane. Therefore, rural areas would show greater concentrations. Lo and behold however, the concentrations were several times greater over urban areas. Researchers attributed this to leaking natural gas distribution systems. By some accounts as much as 7% of eastern block natural gas intended for houses and factories of the Great and Glorious Workers Paradise was vented to the atmosphere.

Posted by: yatalli at September 8, 2008 07:50 PM