Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by UltraAlanMagnus, May 7, 2012.
Dinosaurs passing wind may have caused climate change - Telegraph
I think this is a little silly.
This study is based on a "simple mathematical model" that probably relies on a ton of unfounded and semi-founded assumptions. I am skeptical, even if it is a very interesting thing to consider.
This reminds me of that South Park episode where they all were farting which almost caused the end of the world.
I still find that a little weird about Dinosaurs were the cause of Climate Changes over Millions of Years.
Then climate change today MUST BE CAUSED BY COWS.
Next time I eat a hamburger I will feel a little better knowing that I AM SAVING THE WORLD.
The funniest bumper sticker I ever saw asked the question:
What if the world farted at once?
It is, sort of. Cows, goats, sheep, and other grazing cattle produce methane in their gut, which they then fart out into the atmosphere. The article claims 40-90 million tonnes of methane production each year from these animals. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, having over 100x more of an effect than carbon dioxide. So the more burgers you (and everyone else) scarf, the more beef needs to be grown, the more methane produced, the greater the effect on global greenhouse gases.
Now, by comparison, there were 30,398 million tonnes of carbon emissions calculated worldwide last year, which means modern cow farts are something of a drop in a very smelly bucket.
I wonder why the cows aren't taxed? Wouldn't that solve the global warming issue?
Is it farting? I read somewhere it's more their burping that was the worst contributor of the bad gases they produced. I know I'm usually all for a good fart joke but this time I'm being serious.
Cows generally aren't taxed because they don't own property.
If you're asking why there aren't taxes/regulations on methane production by livestock placed on their owners, it's a more complicated issue that factors heavily into politics and international economics. In the grand scheme, however, carbon is still the dominant greenhouse gas, not methane (30,398 million vs. 9000 million in methane as a carbon equivalent, and that 30,398 figure doesn't account for non-agricultural releases of methane).
It's probably both. I couldn't tell you which happens more often, I assumed the back-end emission.
I believe it's because ruminants, of which cows are one, digest their food differently due to more than one stomach, and when they bring the food back for a second chew they burp out the gas.
There's probably still some contributing 'back-door' action in addition though.
What if it's NOT cows? What if it's... PEOPLE? US???
Humanity must be wiped out to save humani-.... no wait...
Farts causing climate change. I'll bet someone's gonna make money selling butt plugs to the paranoid
The real money would be in developing a wall-plug aparatus that feeds methane into municipal gas lines.
you mean like this?
How Dinosaurs Really Died - YouTube
So does that mean Grimlock is a gas guzzler?
What happens if I light my farts? Then the gas doesn't have a chance to affect the atmosphere right?
CH4 + 2O2 --> CO2 +2H2O
CO2 is still a greenhouse gas, albeit not as potent as CH4.
This ISN'T an article from "The Onion?" Wow...
Sadly though... the whole cows contributing to Global Warming is an issue... they're way too overpopulated in this country... but being a McDonald's nation, we NEED our burgers!
Damn those herbivores, dooming us all with their healthy lifestyle.
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