"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Friday, February 19, 2010

Chewing the cud could sink the planet! A Load of Bull!

Twenty years ago this would be the theme of a comic routine but it shows how far down Loonie Lane we have progressed that "scientists" can publish this stuff with a straight face  .
When we have scientists  measuring what comes out of a cow's butt someone has to say enough is enough.

  The methane released when ruminants like cows and sheep belch or pass gas, which they do copiously, combined with the indirect emissions associated with their life cycles, contributes 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, even more than the transport sector.

This figure was arrived at by a United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization study, conducted in 2006. Yet, meat and dairy consumption continue to suffer from scant mention in most popular expositions of climate change science. Al Gore’s movie, An inconvenient truth, for example, avoids what may be the most inconvenient truth of all, that what’s on the dinner plate can link to climate change as much as driving an SUV.
The FAO study took into account both the direct and indirect emissions related to livestock. Thus, emissions arising from feed production, including chemical fertiliser production, deforestation for pasture and feed crops, cultivation of feed crops and feed transport were added to the direct emissions of the animals in question, in particular their enteric fermentation (which results in their passing gas) and the nitrous oxide emissions released from animal urine and manure. Animal waste management and livestock transportation were other aspects accounted for.
No cars ,  no travel holidays , no air conditioning, one sheet of toilet paper per time, and finally no more steak on the barbie! Skeptics definitely have more fun knowing it is all a fraud and leaving the hairshirts for the true believers.

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