Cattle methane madness

Posted: August 7, 2019 by oldbrew in alarmism, climate, Emissions, research
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Or as the BBC prefers to put it: ‘How vaccines could fix our problem with cow burps’.
Our alleged problem, that is. We’re given some technicalities of methane reduction ideas, but the questionable theory of greenhouse gases ‘trapping heat’ gets a free pass as usual.

A hefty slice of global greenhouse gas emissions come from the burps and farts of livestock, says the BBC.

Can tinkering with the microbes in their guts help to save the planet from climate change?

The cows grazing peacefully in the vicinity of New Zealand’s farming science research institute AgResearch look much like any other. They plod slowly around the pastures, heads bowed as they tear up mouthfuls of grass and let out soft, low moos.

But some of these animals are not like the cattle you might find on other farms. Away from view, inside the hard-working stomachs of these cows, an experiment that could potentially change the planet is taking place.

They have been given a vaccine against certain gut microbes that are responsible for producing methane as the animals digest their food. Methane is one of the most egregious of greenhouse gases, roughly 25 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.

AgResearch’s aim is to develop this vaccine, along with other anti-methane methods, in an effort to allow us to continue eating meat and dairy products while lessening the impact the livestock industry has on the environment.

Beef without blame, you might say; and cheese with a clear conscience.

Estimates vary, but livestock is reckoned to be responsible for up to 14% of all greenhouse emissions from human activities. Alongside carbon dioxide, farming generates two other gases in large quantities: nitrous oxide from the addition of fertilisers and wastes to the soil, and methane.

The latter is largely belched out by ruminants – principally sheep and cattle – and accounts for more than a third of the total emissions from agriculture.

The average ruminant produces 250-500 litres of methane a day. Globally, livestock are responsible for burping (and a small amount from farting) the methane equivalent of 3.1 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.

But the scientists at AgResearch hope it may be possible to reduce the contribution livestock farming is making to global warming.

Continued here – if you can stomach it.

Comments
  1. A C Osborn says:

    Someone should tell the BBc about Termites LOL.

  2. perdebytjie says:

    What about human methane gas?

  3. karabar says:

    roughly 25 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
    25 x 0=ZERO

  4. How many times does the lie about methane come up? see here https://cementafriend.wordpress.com/2011/10/
    These fools and others climate alarmists are not interested in facts. They just want to play political games and destroy the western world.
    Article shows that methane absorbs less radiation than CO2 in the vicinity of 1/5th
    So Karabar it is 1/5*(1.7/400) *0 = zero

  5. oldbrew says:

    ‘an experiment that could potentially change the planet is taking place’

    They have totally lost the plot.

  6. oldbrew says:

    perdebytjie says: August 7, 2019 at 11:18 am
    What about human methane gas?
    – – –
    At least humans are not ruminants 🙂

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruminant#Ruminants_and_climate_change

  7. stpaulchuck says:

    I always knew those cows were up to something…

    http://www.globalgranary.life/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/farting-cow.jpg

  8. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Scientist clearly need vast amounts of public funding so they can give their consideration to the real problems facing humanity such as;
    Unicorn Farts
    Harvesting the Moon’s Cheese
    The Twilight Zone
    Horcruxes
    Alien Ant Farms
    Spaghetti Trees

    And anything else a swamp dwelling and trough swilling scientist can shake a stick at after sampling too much of the chemistry lab. Clearly these are more significant problems than governments could, would or should be dealing with.

    Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity…The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

    and is gravely to be regarded.
    Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite…

  9. hunterson7 says:

    These climate kooks will do to cattle what their windmills have done to open wildscapes:
    Wreck them environmentally.
    They are perfectly willing, apparently, go destroy this planet in order to save it from their mental construct.

  10. tom0mason says:

    Indeed A C Osborn,
    It make me wonder how much methane these termites vent to atmosphere …
    https://phys.org/news/2018-11-year-old-termite-mounds-brazil-visible.html

    Not that the UN-IPCC would ever update their figures to include new findings of natural venting of methane, CO2, or dust and particulate figures, and those bastions of sciency (seancy) trendiness, fudge and foolery, those Climate Models™ don’t bother with such details anyway.

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