Badger Blog Alliance

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Sure. Blame the cows.

They’re ruining the planet!

Argentine scientists are taking a novel approach to studying global warming - strapping plastic tanks to the backs of cows to collect their burps and farts.
People will collect the weirdest things.

Researchers say the slow digestive system of cows makes them a producer of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide in efforts to fight global warming.

Scientists around the world are studying the amount of methane in gas expelled by cows and Argentine researchers have come up with a unique way to collect and analyse it.

They attached red plastic tanks to the cows' backs and connected them through a tube to their stomachs, which trapped the gas.

'When we got the first results, we were surprised. Thirty per cent of Argentina's (total greenhouse) emissions could be generated by cows,' said Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology.
So, what, all cows will have to have those big tubes attached to their backs from now on? Won’t PETA get a little miffed about that?

You. Can. Not. Make. This. Stuff. Up. Isn’t that right, Rick?