Cow 'emissions': The New Warming Threat?


I think not
#1
Source: Copyright 2006, Independent (UK)
Date: December 10, 2006
Byline: Geoffrey Lean
Original URL

Meet the world's top destroyer of the environment. It is not the car, or the plane,or even George Bush: it is the cow.

A United Nations report has identified the world's rapidly growing herds of cattle as the greatest threat to the climate, forests and wildlife. And they are blamed for a host of other environmental crimes, from acid rain to the introduction of alien species, from producing deserts to creating dead zones in the oceans, from poisoning rivers and drinking water to destroying coral reefs.

The 400-page report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation, entitled Livestock's Long Shadow, also surveys the damage done by sheep, chickens, pigs and goats. But in almost every case, the world's 1.5 billion cattle are most to blame. Livestock are responsible for 18 per cent of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together.

Burning fuel to produce fertiliser to grow feed, to produce meat and to transport it - and clearing vegetation for grazing - produces 9 per cent of all emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas. And their wind and manure emit more than one third of emissions of another, methane, which warms the world 20 times faster than carbon dioxide.

Livestock also produces more than 100 other polluting gases, including more than two-thirds of the world's emissions of ammonia, one of the main causes of acid rain.

Ranching, the report adds, is "the major driver of deforestation" worldwide, and overgrazing is turning a fifth of all pastures and ranges into desert.Cows also soak up vast amounts of water: it takes a staggering 990 litres of water to produce one litre of milk.

Wastes from feedlots and fertilisers used to grow their feed overnourish water, causing weeds to choke all other life. And the pesticides, antibiotics and hormones used to treat them get into drinking water and endanger human health.

The pollution washes down to the sea, killing coral reefs and creating "dead zones" devoid of life. One is up to 21,000sqkm, in the Gulf of Mexico, where much of the waste from US beef production is carried down the Mississippi.

The report concludes that, unless drastic changes are made, the massive damage done by livestock will more than double by 2050, as demand for meat increases.

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I think not
#2
No comments from the Kyoto crowd?

I suggest we "wipe out" all cows "off the map", then we can go back consuming oil.
 
jimmoyer
#3
I wonder about the old land of America where the buffalo roamed, when reports of
massive herds of buffalo extended across the flat land to the horizon.

I wonder what global warming massive methane Buffalo herd farts did.

As I sit on the throne, let me ponder in my Rodin Thinker position.

I don't care what or who is causing global warming, or if its an epochal cycle.
I do care that we get smart and go green and marry business better with our environment.

Hence environmental impact studies are submitted on many zoning and planning commission requests
in localities across the continent, except for Mexico.
 
#juan
#4
I wondered about that very point as well Jimmoyer.

People have written about the vast herds of buffalo that took weeks to pass a given point when they were migrating. We can also read about the great herds on the African savanna. Maybe it is different if the animals are fertilizing grasslands that in turn grow the grass that must produce oxygen and absorb CO2 at some point, as opposed to feed lots where animals just stand and eat, and produce methane. Don't know...
 
Dalreg
#5
Well we need a new accord drawn up to cut methane emissions. Lets invite all world leaders and authors of this report to meet in a feed lot of their choosing. Best place for s**t like this.

Call it the Cow Patty Accord. CPA!
 
Tonington
#6
Methane levels have remained fairly constant for the last seven years. The water polution and agricultural run-off seems more dire to me.
 
MikeyDB
#7
OK let's drop the bull here!!!

Larsen knew...Oh Yes those stealth-cows using cellphones and marking cars...HE KNEW!
 
jimmoyer
#8
OK let's drop the bull here!!!

Larsen knew...Oh Yes those stealth-cows using cellphones and marking cars...HE KNEW!

----------------------------------------------MikeDB-------------------------------------

LOL !!

Can you visualize what Far Side Larsen is doing right this moment ???

Scary.

Any remote viewers out there ???

 
thomaska
#9
I know this pic is a little old but...

I guess this isn't a viable solution to the oil situation either then, huh?

 
jimmoyer
#10
roflmao !!
 
Curiosity
#11
My god what is it with men and farts (excuse me - anal emissions)???? You all start early with these jokes and they continue into your dotage....when you are actually performing them without any apologies!!! heehee

coughcoughcough...whew
 
Northboy
#12
It's the bull emissions I'm concerned with.....

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE

And may today be as you thought it should be...
 
Sassylassie
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by Curiosity View Post

My god what is it with men and farts (excuse me - anal emissions)???? You all start early with these jokes and they continue into your dotage....when you are actually performing them without any apologies!!! heehee

coughcoughcough...whew


Curio, MENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN are so silly.
 

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