Cattle on the alp (Photo credit: Darkroom Daze)
For a number of years, we've discussed the relative importance of methane versus the dreaded carbon dioxide emissions that drive our local self-professed science writer to distraction, along with his mentors, such as AlGore. Encapsulated, we've noted here that methane is far more potent than CO2, and that most biological sources of methane are derived from termites, cows, and other non-human sources.
Our local "science writer" has consistently rejected that view; yammering endlessly on about CO2 "forcing" as the driver of "anthropological global warming", and its attendant horrors which will soon Kill The Planet, despite the fact that planetary warming halted nearly two decades ago. Now, despite the fact that The Science Is Settled™, it has emerged that, as noted years ago here, cow farts are a significant source of methane, which is 21 times more potent than CO2.
A single cow can produce between 250 and 500 liters, or about 66 to 132 gallons, of methane a day (the average U.S. vehicle gas tank can hold about 16 gallons of gas).
Well, see there? It's "anthropogenic" because people raise cows - as has been the case for thousands of years. But now it's a problem, because humans. And termites! A lot of termites would be homeless, and thus farting less, if people would stop building houses and other shelters.
These have become huge planetary problems during the past forty years or so, though they weren't problems before then. Obviously, the solution is for you to live in an unheated cave and eat earthworms. Until that becomes a problem.
But wouldn't that adversely affect the population of cattle egrets?